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Lamb Mechoui and Couscous with Veal Chops




For the méchoui:
1 leg of lamb (1.8 kg)
½ bunch of coriander, 3 stems of shallots
½ teaspoon of each: dried thyme, cinnamon powder, peppercorns
1 tablespoon each: paprika, cayenne, cumin, ginger
1 pinch of turmeric
150 ml of olive oil (50 ml for seasoning and 100 ml for a special oil whose mechoui is brushed throughout the cooking)

For couscous with veal chops :
500 g veal chops
500 g of couscous seeds
1 turnip, 3 carrots, 1 zucchini, 2 tomatoes, 1 onion
50 grams of raisins
1 tablespoon of ginger, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of turmeric, salt and pepper,
3 tablespoons olive oil
700-800 ml of water
1 knob of butter

Instructions :

For the méchoui:
* The traditional mechoui is cooked with embers and is constantly turned over. Here I opted for an oven, much easier.

In a cup, I spill my 50 ml of oil to which I add all the spices, chopped coriander and salt (to taste) to get my marinade.


I reserve a small part of the marinade that I dilute with 100 ml of oil
I make deep cuts in my leg and I properly coat the marinade (insisting on the notches). I taste to rectify the salt if necessary. I then put the leg of lamb in a baking dish and cut 3 shallots. I close my dish with cellophane and leave to refrigerate for 4 hours or more


Before I start cooking the leg, I preheat my oven to 150 degrees Celsius. To facilitate the circulation of heat below my leg, I place a grill at the bottom of the baking dish and I place my leg
I let it cook for 30 minutes and I come out to spill 200 ml of water. I put the leg in the oven to cook for 4 more hours.
Every 30 minutes, I sprinkle some of the cooking juice in the bottom of the dish and I go back. I also make sure to brush it a few times with the oil prepared in step 2.
After a total of 4h 30 of cooking, I take out my leg of the oven and I let it rest 10 minutes before serving. The meat should be crispy on top and should come off easily from the bone.

For the sauce accompanying the méchoui:
1 tablespoon of Harissa
The juice of a lemon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small glass of water
salt to taste
A homogeneous mixture of these ingredients in a small cup will give you a delicious sauce to accompany your mechoui.

For the broth of chops accompanying the couscous:
In the bottom of my couscoussier, I make the chops and the onion sliced ​​in a net of olive oil. I then add the diced tomatoes, ginger, pinch of turmeric, salt and pepper.

I cook 5 minutes and then add 700-800 ml of water and I adjust the seasoning if necessary. On medium heat, all will cook for 20 minutes before incorporation of vegetables.

I start by incorporating the vegetables. First add the carrots (previously cut in length, without the heart) and then the turnips (cut in 2). I cook 10 minutes and finally add my zucchini cut into length. I cook for another 15 minutes.
Your broth is ready.

For couscous:
I immerse my 50 g raisins in a cup of water to rehydrate (30 minutes or more)
While the broth is cooking, I spill my 500 g of couscous seeds into a salad bowl. I wet them with a little water and a drizzle of olive oil. I mix the whole and I err in between my two hands.
I spill the contents of the salad bowl into the top of my couscoussier, I close and I cook 20 minutes steaming.
At the end of the 20 minutes, I spill the couscous in my salad bowl and add a little water, a bit of oil and I kiss it a second time (be careful not to burn yourself)
I put the couscous to cook for another 15 minutes and I spill it into my salad bowl again.
I crushed with a fillet of olive oil, I add salt and I cook 10 minutes
After this time, I spill my couscous cooked in the salad bowl, I add a nut of butter and I kick it one last time.
Triple steaming gives you an almost cloudy couscous. Nothing to do with what we know.

I serve my couscous in a large dish making a small mountain whose top will be watered with a little broth. I put my ribs on it. The rest of the broth will be served as an accompaniment in a small cup. I lay the vegetables at the ends of the dish. I sprinkle a pinch or two of cinnamon and I sprinkle with grapes.

It’s ready! Enjoy your meal!

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Plantain Scotch Eggs




Recipe for Plantain Scotch Eggs


1 finger of Ripe plantain

3 Eggs

2 teaspoons of Suya powder

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 seasoning cube

1/ teaspoon of grated ginger

1/2 cup of Bread crumbs

2 teaspoons of Couscous (optional)

Oil for frying


Boil 2 of your eggs for about 5-7 minutes.

Place in cold water for about 2 minutes and peel the egg and set aside.

Boil your plantain till soft and mash while hot.

Add your seasoning cube, ginger, black pepper and  1 teaspoon of suya powder to the plantain and combine thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, whisk the last egg and set aside.

Using a flat plate, mix the couscous with the breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon of suya powder and set aside. (I mixed cous cous because I liked the extra crunch. You can use garri as well)

Take your egg and scoop a little of the plantain mash and mould the eggs lightly. Rub some vegetable oil on your hands so the plantain doesn’t stick to your hands as much.

When you have moulded lightly, dip the plantain egg ball in the whisked egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs and set aside.

Heat up your vegetable oil for deep frying and when it’s hot, place your plantain scotch eggs and fry till golden brown.

I find its best to consume this when its not straight from the pot. Allow it rest a bit but whilst staying warm serve with hot sauce.

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Malawian recipes: grilled chambo fish




1 oz. olive oil
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. ground ginger
4 tsp. sugar
Small handful of raisins
8 oz. coconut milk
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
Lemon juice

Method :

Add olive oil to a saucepan. Then add turmeric, ginger, sugar and raisins. Put on a low heat to dissolve the sugar and infuse the spices. Remove from the heat, add coconut milk and whisk rapidly. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce and a dash of lemon juice. If the sauce seems a little thin, thicken with a little roux.

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Salad Muffins Recipe for Pizza




Muffin salty pizza way!

Ingredients for 11 pieces:

180 gr of flour
1 sachet of baking powder
150 gr of white ham
10 cl of olive oil
10 cl of milk
100 gr of shredded
3 eggs salt and pepper (is not that a spice ???)
2 fresh tomatoes cut into small herbs de provence
some black olives

Preparation :

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C In a dish mix the flour and the yeast then make a well. In another dish beat the eggs with milk, olive oil and then pour this mixture into the flour. Mix then add about 50 grams of grated, then cut the ham into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the dough into muffin molds and place on top a few dices of fresh tomatoes, grated, a pinch of Provence herbs and a black olive in the center. Bake 25 minutes (heat ventilated fifteen minutes then normal heat)

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