Area: Over 1.25 million sq km; 21st largest in the world
A little more than three times the size of California
Borders: There is a C party going on in the middle of the continent, with Chad bordering Cameroon and Central African Republic, among other countries.
Official Languages: French and Arabic
Population: Almost 11 million; 77th largest in the world
Infant Mortality Rate: over 95 deaths/1000 live births; 9th highest in the world
Source: CIA Factbook
Finding a recipe for Chad that was not bathed in peanuts was difficult. Instead, I ended up with two separate non-entree recipes. Millet snacks are a simple-looking dessert and Chad Salad may or may not be authentic, but seemed intriguing. The only "difficult" ingredient was millet flour. They ended up having it at Whole Foods, but every other place I looked was a no-go. That meant that it was expensive. :-(
The day I planned to make Chad ended up being a bit hectic, and the kitchen was a little chaotic. Kevin was making his mother's green noodles recipe, which is delicious but involves work. With everything going on, I just got to the salad, which means the two recipes were broken up onto different days.
|Marinating chicken for a delicious dinner.|
|I need to calibrate to using this camera. A bit too much flash for how I normally point and click.|
|Our place is a mess. Keep this in mind to compare for pictures in a later country.|
|I am NOT happy about this.|
|I will still pose for your amusement, though.|
|It looks okay...|
|But then it crumbles...|
|I still couldn't get it into the thin ribbons it called for.|
|If you want the recipe to this or the noodles, let me know. This one is a Hetzel original (from his dad) and is delicious.|
What about the salad, though? I like all of the individual parts of what was in there. Putting it all together was interesting. In a way that neither of us liked. The dressing was too spicy. Not in a hot way, but just with too much stuff going on. Having a banana coated in coriander and cumin was not our idea of a good salad. After a few bites we didn't want to eat anymore.
Harumph. Not a good country-week overall. At least I had a backup to make me some delicious entrees. Maybe I should encourage this more often...
Next time: Chile