Re: Cooking with dried goods (long- includes recipe)
I can't recommend anything "period," but here's something to tide you
over: I would recommend you check your local library for Dorinda
Hafner's "A taste of Africa;" and see if you can find any Latin
American recipes that are remotely authentic. (I'm not talking about
Tex-Mex tortillas.) The cuisines of both these continents are heavy on
grains, beans and surprisingly, dried prawns (shrimp). Some of the
recipes can look boring, but can be surprisingly "moreish."
Here's a starter from my favourite Latin American cookbook: "The Book
of Latin American Cooking" by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz. It's one of
those boring but moreish recipes.
Haussa Rice- An Afro-Brazilian dish.
450g/ 1lb dried beef
50g butter (or a bit of flavoursome oil, butter tastes better though)
2 medium onions, sliced thinly
* Soak the beef overnight in cold water to cover. Drain, put into a
saucepan with fresh cold water to cover. Bring to the boil over
moderate heat, and drain. When the beef is cool enough to handle, dice
it roughly. Heat the butter in a frying pan and saute the onions until
they are lightly browned. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until it is
lightly browned and heated through. Serve with the Brazilian style
rice below, and the Black Eye pea fritter sauce, also below.
Brazilian Style Rice
* Wash and drain 350g/ 3/4lb of long grain rice. Heat 3 tbsp oil or
lad in a saucepan and saute 1 onion, finely chopped, and 1 clove of
garlic, finely chopped, until onion is soft. Add the rice and cook
stirring, until the fat has been absorbed. Add 850ml/ 1 1/2 pints
water and salt to taste. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer over very
low heat until the rice is tender and all the liquid absorbed, about
20 mins. Can add a peeled, seeded and chopped tomato to the rice just
before adding the water. (I wouldn't bother peeling or seeding it
50g/ 2 oz dried shrimp
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp crushed dried chilli (or to taste)
1/2 tsp chopped fresh ginger root
3 tbsp palm oil, (or put a bit of turmeric in some other oil)
* Soak shrimp in cold water to cover for 1/2 an hour. Drain and
pulverize (to the best of your ability since you are doing without
your nice electrical kitchen implements) with the onion, chilli and
ginger. Heat the oil in a frying pan and saute for about 3 mins. Serve.
Hope this keeps you from starving until you discover something period.