Eat to learn

Yes, I love eating and cooking! Unfortunately, I don’t cook much for myself so come taste some food or let me try your cooking! As I enjoy cooking,  I also enjoy learning about what is being cooked, eaten. If it is not just quick fast food meal, I believe that there is always something more to it. Why certain foods are called certain names in some cultures, why the food is cooked in special way, why is it served in certain way. As we know, presentation is very important. ( didn’t do a very good at it in this post). Presentation is the key to almost anything, how we dress, our everyday style, our attraction to the opposite sex, same sex, someone we want to know on another levels. It always start with how we see them physically. The same goes for food, if the food looks good and smells good our mouth will watering.

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Yes, I’m a vegetarian and  people tend to ask me what do I eat! Well, I will be sharing with you guys just that. There is so MUCH you can eat as vegetarian. You just have to be creative, mix things up, know where to find fresh food and be open minded to trying new dishes.

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Today, I will be sharing with you some of the Rwandan food. I will keep it simple and short as I had a hard time finding the food I wanted. I had to take trips to china town in Flushing and to some Indian markets in Jamaica Queens. The ones I found don’t taste or look like food in Rwanda but it was close and better than nothing. You probably have seen everything in this post except two vegetables.

The vegetable on the left that is green and purple is called ” Imboga”. It is very common in Rwanda, easy to grow and one of the main vegetable people eat on a daily basis. At least, when I was there. It taste  very good, if cooked well. It is also believed to very nutritious.

The green little things in the middle are called ” Intoryi “. They translate to eggplant in English and they are basically like little green eggplants. Very tasty and my favorite. They are also very common and you can put them in almost any dishes. Well, except some meat dishes. They are like main/ common ingredient in most dishes just like how some spices in America are used in almost all dishes. You can compare it to salt, if it is missing in a dish then the dish is missing something. for me.

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I’m not going to go into details about what I made as I did not take photos of the finished product due to technical issues but I will explain a little.

I mixed everything you see in this photos except the radishes ( they were for appetizer) and the sweet potatoes looking vegetables/roots. Then I added in peanut flour (grated raw dry peanuts). Once everything looked tender and the peanut was cooked thoroughly I fried some fresh onions in a pan of oil and pour it into the big pot and mixed! Voila.. The finished, product is suppose to be very tasty, nutritious and colorful. Yellow and purple looking with a hint of red and green! The dish is called ” Imvanjye byi bitoki”

I haven’t been in Rwandan for a while, thus this post is based on what I know from back then. I hear that things have changed a bit and that people are eating more frozen, preprepared food! I didn’t eat frozen, prepackaged  food until I moved here! Aside from yogurt ( didn’t like it so didn’t really eat it) and stuff like tomato paste and a few other ingredients like Maggi.

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