Thursday, March 8, 2012

Burundi: Cooking Around the World With Camilla (CATWWC)

Before tonight I definitely couldn't locate Burundi on a map. So, it's not just the little Manns who are getting a lesson in geography through this cooking adventure! We wrapped up the 'B' countries with some tabletop travel to the the east African nation of Burundi.

Burundi is sandwiched between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda in Africa; it occupies a high plateau just about equal in size to Maryland.

While we put five dishes on the table for our Burmese feast, as Burundi is one of the five poorest nations on our globe, I decided to only make one thing: Soupe aux Lentilles et Legumes (a traditional Burundian Lentil and Bean Soup). Interesting combination...I have never put lentils and beans together in a dish.

1 fennel, diced (the traditional recipe uses onion)
2 carrots, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and sliced into 1/2" pieces
2 C cooked brown lentils
6 C organic chicken broth (the traditional recipes uses a vegetable broth)

In a large souppot, saute all but the last two ingredients in a splash of olive oil until cooked and beginning to caramelize. Add the lentils and the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer till the lentils are warmed through.

Serve with some crusty bread.

Enjoy my tabletop travels. Join me in whipping up a dish or two. If you cook do cook a recipe from one of these countries, I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to comment on the posts themselves or email me at constantmotioncamilla at gmail dot com.

This Knight of the Global Table Adventure is signing off for now. We're moving into the 'C's...

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