Unusual Fact: One of the main tourist attractions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the rare mountain gorilla
Some may say that this country files under D, some say it is under C. I was truly unsure as to which country I should do next last week. Should I save this country for the D’s and the next (Congo – Republic of) for the R’s, or should I call them both Congo. Then when I decided to call them both Congo, there was the problem of is the Republic of Congo, just Congo as some sites say or Congo – Republic of. In the end I decided on Congo – Republic of, so will do that next week. Also should I do the Korea’s as Korea – North and Korea – South or North Korea and South Korea? Same problem with Sudan and South Sudan! Any thoughts are very welcome.
For the DR Congo we dined on something a little different from what we had been doing for the other African nations. We had fish wrapped in banana leaves. After scrambling all weekend to find some banana leaves, mum put it out to Facebook. Luckily our friend Jackie had just spotted some and brought them over. Thanks Jackie!
Inside the banana leaves is a fish, tomato and spice mix. The fish we used was snapper, but you could use any white fish. The filling was really good, only you could add some more of the garlic, ginger and nutmeg to amp up the flavour a little bit. Our banana leaves wouldn’t hold together but themselves and we didn’t have any twine so we wrapped them in some baking paper for the cooking.As per the recipe we served this with some rice and sautéed capsicums. We also added some kale chips (yum!), don’t worry they do eat kale in Africa. They might not eat them as chips though……… This recipe is from 196 flavours, they are doing the same tour as me but are finished. I don’t know if I want to be them, or not?
There was an exciting step to this recipe. I got to flame bananas, this is where you hold the banana leaf over the flame, a dark green colour comes to where the leaf has touched the flame, it is not hard and your finger do not have to get anywhere near the flame. Actually it was quite fun! You have to do this otherwise the leaves will crack when you try to fold them.
Liboke Ya Malangwa
4 white fish steaks
– 1 cube of chicken bouillon
– 2 scallions
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 2 inch piece of fresh ginger
– 4 tablespoons of crushed, peeled tomatoes
– 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
– 1 chili pepper
– 1 bay leaf
– 4 banana leaves
Place fish in a shallow dish. Crumble the bouillon cube and rub some of it on the fish flesh.
Chop the garlic and ginger together. Mince the scallions. Mix with the crushed, peeled tomatoes, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with nutmeg, stir and then add everything to the fish.
Mix well so that the fish is soaked in this mixture on all sides. If necessary, add a little water if the mixture is too dry to coat fish. Cover the container with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
Wash, dry and flame banana leaves.