Happy National Peanut Day! Did you know, today 9/13 is the day to enjoy peanuts!
So even though today’s food to be spotted a light is popular especially baking or as sauce/dressing in Asian cuisine, we need to be careful who’s joining your dining table because peanuts can be sometimes harmful for people with food allergy. I personally don’t have one or haven’t found it out, but peanuts are the most common and fatal food for people with allergies.
As I grew up, I’ve seen people suffering from food allergy with eggs or shellfish, but didn’t know/meet someone with an allergy for peanuts, so I was surprised to know peanuts are also well-known food and it’s ranked as that high.
Food allergy isn’t something you can cure while intaking small amounts of them and gradually your body adjusts it, so don’t play or make fun of them. For those who think food allergy is just an excuse, take it seriously or you’ll someday regret endangering other people’s precious lives.
So who’s still there reading today’s post? I hope someone is still reading because today’s recipe is something unique!
Have you been to Senegal or tried Senegalese food?
I neither have been to or tried, but while searching for some unique food using peanuts, I learned there is peanut butter and tomato stew called Mafe from Senegalese cuisine. Since peanut butter can be savory like Asian salad dressing and its creamy texture and rich flavor are something that catches our taste buds’ attention, I wanted to try making it on my own.
After I looked at several recipes, I finally tried with the below ingredients and directions. Do you think it’s yay or nay? Try cooking and find out!
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- Your choice of vegetable and protein (I used onion, carrot, and broccoli stems )
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger – shredded
- 1 can diced tomato
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vegetable soup broth paste
- Some chili pepper flakes
- Some cumin powder
- Some nutmeg powder
- Some salt and pepper
- Some scallion – chopped
- Pour olive oil in a pan and add garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Bring it to medium high heat and when the bubbles start to appear, add onion and carrot. Cook for about 3 min.
- Add canned tomato with juice.
- When the liquid starts to boil, reduce heat to low and add vegetable soup paste, nutmeg powder, peanut butter and simmer.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the stew in the bowl and sprinkle some scallion. Enjoy.
If you are using a little aged peanut butter, they might be divided into paste and oil. Give a thorough stir before taking out the peanut butter from the jar.
If your peanut butter is stored in a fridge, the paste might be hard so it’s a little difficult to be dissolved in a pot. In this situation, take out a few tablespoons of boiled soup from the pot to a mixing bowl and combine peanut butter and spices in it.
Mmm, it was my first time trying Senegalese food or peanut butter in my soup/stew, but it was incredibly delicious! The tangy tomato soup became milder with nutty peanut butter, and herb/spice flavor gave the aroma in your mouth.
Interested in trying new food?
I recommend Senegalese Mafe for tonight’s dinner so that you can celebrate National Peanut Day too!
And coincidentally it’s International Chocolate Day too, so have some chocolate for dessert today!
<Other Recipes to celebrate National Peanut Day>
Bake some cookies! Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Who’s in the mood for noodles? Peanut Noodle
Bored for an ordinary BBQ side dish of coleslaw? Asian Colorful Coleslaw
Enjoy cooking and your own creation of homemade food!