West African food and drink

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Rainbow plates: the chefs reawakening Africa’s taste for vegan food
Can innovative cooks and entrepreneurs take the continent back to its plant-based roots? We’ve included chef Marie Kacouchia’s recipe for Senegalese cauliflower yassa so you can judge for yourself

Lizzy Davies

27, Feb, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Peanut and sweet potato stew recipe by Melissa Thompson
With influences from West Africa and Jamaica, this aromatic vegetarian stew can be ready in less than half an hour

Melissa Thompson

30, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Finding fufu: Australia’s growing appetite for West African food
Diners are embracing the joys of jollof, but chefs cooking West African food in Australia still have to make some creative substitutions

Annie Hariharan

29, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I think of suya and I’m on a Lagos beach’: celebrating Nigeria's spice dish
Exploring the myths, mysteries and memories of west African barbecue

Jimi Famurewa

13, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Caterpillar ice-cream in Cape Town: the cafe showcasing African flavours
With ingredients such as chilli, clay and dried fish, Tapi Tapi’s frozen desserts are inspired by Africa’s dishes and food cultures

Sarah Johnson in Cape Town

28, Sep, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Tatale, London SE1: ‘Elegant, but defiantly homespun’ - restaurant review | Grace Dent on restaurants
A relaxed, communal space serving African cooking with a modern, but sentimental twist

Grace Dent

12, Aug, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘Fonio just grows naturally’: could ancient indigenous crops ensure food security for Africa?
Calls are growing to invest more in the continent’s traditional grains as a way to break its reliance on imported wheat, rice and maize

Kaamil Ahmed in Kédougou, Senegal

07, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Culinary kudos: the trailblazing chef showcasing rural west Africa’s cuisine
Fatmata Binta grew up in a Fulani community and brought her nomadic food culture to a wider audience. Now she has become the first African to win the Basque culinary world prize

Lizzy Davies

30, Jun, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Lopè Ariyo’s secret ingredient: uda pods
The cookery writer on the musky spice her grandmother brings her from Nigeria, and how she uses it in her scotch bonnet jam

Interview by Molly Tait-Hyland

20, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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20 years of Observer Food Monthly: recipes from the stars of the future
So what of the next two decades? We introduce four up-and-coming chefs
and their brilliant recipes

Interviews by Holly O'Neill

18, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Zoe Adjonyoh’s recipes for kid goat ragu and mashed broccoli
A perfect winter warmer – you might never make ragu with minced meat again

Zoe Adjonyoh

13, Feb, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The 20 best curry recipes
From Asma Khan’s saag paneer to Lopè Ariyo’s suya lamb, our exploration of the wider world of curry takes in recipes from south Asia, Nigeria and Japan

Allan Jenkins

25, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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