Spicy talk with Kyekyeku

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1: Hi tell us who you are and what do you do?
Well even though my name is written starting with a ‘ky’, its actually pronounced starting with ‘ch’ like in Church! I am one with my music, meeting world grooves with Ghanaian style Highlife, 70’s Afrofunk and evergreen Afrobeat.DSC01722
I arrange and direct my band with which I am on tour at the moment in Europe and I think I belong to a new breed of Ghanaian and African musicians breathing new energy into music from the continent.

2: What is your favorite Ghanaian dish and why? 
Straight Up Ampesie! Which goes well with all sorts of stew (sauce). My favourite combinations are with Nkontomire (Cocoyam leaves stew) or Garden Egg stew.
Ampesie itself is a holistic name for a combination of tubers and plantain. A classic dish is presented as boiled Yam and boiled Green Plantain served with Nkontomire cooked in red palm oil;
For me this dish just makes my day, its secret are yet to be found out by the world as a whole. It’s not difficult to prepare and it carries a great Ghanaian signature to it.

3: Describe your relation with traditional food.
To me traditional food means less processed and less chemically induced. So my relationship with Ghanaian traditional dishes is concerned with getting bio as well as connecting to my roots.
I think of food as something that evolves with the survival factors of any culture. If any food is still on the menu today, that’s because it has kept the people consuming that food alive to today. Most Ghanaian dishes have been around since the first human communities lived in the tropical regions of Ghana. They way of cooking a certain meal has been influenced by a lot of environmental factors, which have also shaped the people, their culture and heritage. For instance, this dish is held so high that, it is mashed into Etoh and given to the deities of the shrine. Of course there is fufu and modern day jollof and all but no one dares give those as offering in a shrine. Traditional foods occupy a long organic history and that’s why I relate to them more.

4: Ghanaian food or food from Europe? 
As I live also some of my time in Europe these days, I would say best of both worlds; I just need me a hot spicy chili or ‘shito’ to transpose any European dish to a quasi-Ghanaian taste.
In Europe I don’t think twice before eating raw fish or half cooked meet, ham or Jambon. I dare not eat like that in Ghana, I could be sick really bad because it’s a tropical country and germs grow 3 times as fast and can live easily in food that’s why Ghanaian dishes have evolved to be well or overcooked sometimes just to kill the germs before eating which subsequently kills a lot of the nutrients. I know that the nutrients of food for the human is best obtained in raw food, but that could come with lots of germs too, fortunately in Europe the weather already eliminates a lot of germs that you could have in Africa; so you can almost eat raw and obtain a higher level of nutrients. Therefore even though I love Ghanaian food for their passion and spice, I love European food for the health side and I am talking about bio ingredient European diet, not the chemical laden ingredient meals.

5: You are a musician. that can be very intense especially now you are touring true Europe, is there any food or drinks you take or don’t take to stay energetic and fit?
Well one thing common to almost all Ghanaian touring musicians is Shito- a hot spicy mixture of peppers mashed dried fish, lobster and ginger fired up in oil. We all have bottles of those in our bags, all we have to do is add just a little to whatever food that we get and we are good to go because European food can taste quite blunt to us often times. But we are super easy with food with no specific demands.
We hardly drink alcohol- a beer once in a week maybe. Lots of water and just a little bit of coffee. No tobacco.
We look out for foods with lots of carbohydrates, we prefer a side of rice for any sauce meet or fish that you offer, then fruits or their juice. This works great for us. Dessert is not primary part of our meal as we know it and so we don’t bother ourselves with that.

6: Are you eating the food of the countries that you visit or do you try to get local food while being on the road? How is that working for you?
As I love travelling and experiencing other cultures, I love eating food from other countries and I have tried quite a lot. From Spanish food, Asian (Japanese and Chinese), French, Indian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Ivorian, Senegalese, German, Moroccan, South African food etc. This is one of the ways I get into the minds of a culture and feel closer to that. It works out well. Accra has some great restaurants fro food from some of these cultures so I could still eat international even if I am not in another country.

7: Could you live in any of the countries you have recently been if there was absolutely no access to any traditional ingredients? What would you do?
I could easily live in India or south East Asia. I find their food and taste similar to Africa; they love spice and hot spice as we do. I could easily live in North Africa as well as the Mediterranean lands. Scandinavia maybe difficult as well as North America but these days there are kitchens of every continent in every country so I could cheat.

8: What dish or snack from another country (non African) do you like best?
Nems from Vietnam are my favourite. When I go to new place, I try to see if there is an Indian or Vietnamese restaurant around. This will be my go to places if I feel the need for close to African taste. So dishes such as Vietnamese Nasi Goreng or any Roginjosh is awesome for me. On a clichéd side, vindaloos are my favourite too.

9: I want to ask you t share with us your favorite dish recipe which ingredients do you use and how you prepare it 🙂

ingredients:
1.Green Plantain- Apem
2.Tuber of Yam- Afasieh
3.Fresh Cocoyam (Nkontomire) leaves picked in the morning.lol
4.Red palm Oil
5.Kpapko Shito pepper
6.Fermented slice of fish (momone aboka)
7.Onion
8.Garlic
9.Basil
10. Smoked Fish.
11. Avocado
Don’t worry about measurements and quantities because grandma always gauged the family size with her eyes and decided how much would be enough for all. Lets remain basic

Preparation:
1.    Peel and Boil Yam and Plantain until both are cooked well into the interior but still solid. Should take.10 mins in boiling point water
2.   Sieve water away and separate plantain immersed in cool water
Keep, yam covered to keep warm and still soft.
3.   Boil Cocoyam leaves together with pepper for 7mins at boiling point.
4.    Heat palm oil. Chop and add onion and Garlic
5. Mash together boiled Nkontomire and peppers. Add salt to taste
6. Add mixture of Nkontomire and peppers to warm red oil and stir.
Leave on fire to cook for 7mins
7. Add basil, and other herby spices as desired

The above steps go well for vegetarians. For non vegetarians,
Add fermented slice of fish to fry till fully dissolved in red palm oil for
good aroma. Add slices of smoked tuna or smoked Salmon or      whatever fish you want. Leave for 4 mins and continue from step 5.

Finally, serve Ampesie with Nkontomire side by side in one plate as is done traditionally allowing the red oil to colour a bit the yam and plantain.
Peel and add avocado and eat dish while still warm.
W’ato me ooo!

Thank you very much, any last words for people who are new comers into the Ghanaian kitchen?
I think the world needs new adventures in cuisine and African food offers that. The world is too stuck on restaurant menus prepared after Italian, French or Spanish menus with Asian right behind. The new adventures in culinary delights lie in African food and Ghanaian dishes to be biased. Great thing is that for most Ghanaian dishes, you would be eating close to traditional way if you did now than say in a few years time when they would be adopted to fit restaurant menus in which case they would be compromised for time of preparing and way of serving and presentation to meet so called sophisticated patrons. Ghanaian dishes offer a lot for vegetarians as well. The time to enjoy them is now!

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Natuur, parken & historie

NL: In Ghana is veel te zien, je moet alleen wel even weten wat! Veel locals zijn vaak nog niet eens op al deze bijzondere plekken geweest en wil je alles gaan bewonderen heb je ook wel aardig de tijd nodig.

Hier een places to go lijst van de mooiste natuur parken, stranden en historische plaatsen in Accra en de rest van Ghana:

Eng: There is a lot to do in Ghana, you just gotta know what tho! A lot of locals often did not even get to go see all these special places in Ghana but honestly, if you wanna see it áll you dó need some time..

Hereby a list of places to go of the prettiest nature parks, beaches and historical places in Accra and the rest of Ghana:

 

Parken en dieren/ Parks and animals:

  1. Legon Botanical gardenss, located in Haatso
  2. Sacred crocodile ponds, located in Paga
  3. Shai hills, located in Greater Accra
  4. Monkey forest resort, located in Capecoast
  5. Tafi atome monkey sanctuary, located in Ho
  6. Boabeng Fiema monkey sanctuary, located in
  7. International stingless bee centre, located in Cape coast
  8. Tongo Hills, located in Bolgatanga
  9. Accra zoo, located in Accra
  10. Kumasi zoo, located in Kumasi
  11. Wechiau community Hippo sanctuary, located in Wa
  12. Aburi botanical gardens, locted in Aburi
  13. Kakum national park, located in Cape coast
  14. Mole national park, located in Larabanga
  15. Mole national park, located in Damongo

 

Waterfavallen & water activiteiten/ Waterfalls & water activities:

  1. Wli waterfalls, located in Hohoe
  2. Kintampo falls, located in Kintampo
  3. Boti falls, located in Eastern region
  4. Ote falls, located in Amedzofe
  5. Fuller falls, located in Kintampo
  6. Tagbo falls, located in Tayi
  7. Lake Bosumtwi, located inAshanti region
  8. Akosombo hydro plants, located in Akosombo
  9. Ada, located, located in Ada
  10. Nzulezo village on stilts, located in Beyin

 

Stranden/ beaches:

  1.  Labadi beach located in Accra
  2. Bojo beach located in Accra
  3. Kokrobite beach located in Accra
  4. Coco beach located in Accra
  5. Busua beach located in Busua

 

Historisch/ Historic:

  1. Elmina castle located in Capecoast
  2. Cape coast castle located in Capecoast
  3. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah masoleum located in Accra
  4. The independance arch on independance square, located in Accra
  5. Asante buildings, located in Kumasi
  6. Fort Amsterdam, located in Saltpond
  7. Fort Santo Antonio, located in Axim
  8. Fort St. Jago, located in Elmina
  9. Fort metal cross, located in Dixcove
  10. Fort lijdzaamheid, located in Apam
  11. Fort William, located in Anomabo
  12. Fort prinzenstein, located in Volta region
  13. Fort good hope, located in Senya Beraku
  14. Fort San Sebastian, located in Secondi- Takoradi
  15. James town lighthouse, located in Accra
  16. Gross friedrichsburg, located in Princes town
  17. Cathedral church of the most holy trinity, located in Accra
  18. Wesley methodist cathedral, located in Kumasi

 

Musea/ Museums:

  1. Kwame Nkrumah memorial park located in Accra
  2. Elmina castle museum located in Cape coast
  3. Cape coast castle museum located in Cape coast
  4. National museum of Ghana located in Accra
  5. Museum of science and technology located in Accra
  6. Volta regional museum located in Volta Region
  7. Upper east regional museum located in Bolgatanga
  8. The museum of Nzema
  9. Ussher fort museum located in Accra
  10. Wheel story house located in Accra
  11. Tiga African art consultancy located in Accra
  12. Artist Alliance gallery located in Accra
  13. Sun trade beads located in Accra
  14. Kumasi fort, Ghana armed forces museum located in Kumasi
  15. Okomfo anokye sword site located in Kumasi
  16. Manhyia palace museum located in Kumasi

 

Omelet Ghana style

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Wat eten ze in Ghana als ontbijt? Ghanese mensen houden van een stevig ontbijt (ja bijna álles van de Afrikaanse keuken is zwaar eten hihi) de omelet is er één van. De Ghanese omelet is lekker als ontbijt met een grote beker Milo of thee erbij. Een goed met groente gevulde omelet die word gegeten met ‘Sugar bread’ of ‘Milk bread’.  Dit lekkere recept is eigenlijk vrij simpel en daardoor vergat ik hem bijna! Ook lekker als je vegetarisch bent. Je kan zelf eigenlijk zo creatief zijn als je zelf wilt met wat je er doorheen mengt en de hoeveelheden (ben je een grote eter gebruik dan 3 eieren, ben je een kleine eter gebruik er dan 1 a 2 P.P), ik zal je het recept van twee varianten geven…

Ingrediënten:

  • eieren
  • ui
  • tomaat
  • maggi poeder of zout
  • olie of boter om in te bakken
  • peper (optioneel)

OF:

  • eieren
  • uit
  • paprika geel én groen
  • champignons
  • maggi poeder of zout
  • olie of boter om in te bakken
  • peper (optioneel)

 

Bereiding:

Snijd alle groente in kleine stukjes of reepjes (verwijder het vocht en de zaadjes uit de tomaat)

Gebruik je champignons snijd ze dan in plakjes

Klop de eieren los in een schaaltje

Voeg het zout of de maggi toe aan de eieren

Verhit de olie of boter

Fruit de de stukjes ui tot ze glazig zijn

Voeg de stukjes tomaat en groente erbij en bak het geheel ongeveer 2 tot 5 min door tot ze zacht beginnen te worden (of naar eigen smaak lekker knapperig of zacht)

Gebruik je plakjes champignons, bak ze vóór je ze aan de eieren toevoegt

Doe de groente die je hebt aangebakken bij het geklopte ei in een schaaltje en roer het even om (dat de groente zijn gemixed met de geklopte eieren)

Doe nieuwe olie of boter in de pan

Doe de geklopte eieren met de groente mix in de pan op LAAG VUUR! zodat het niet aanbrand. Gebruik daarom het liefst een anti aanbakpan

Bak de omelet op matig vuur langzaam gaar tot de onderkant mooi donkergeel/lichtbruin word

Draai de omelet voorzichtig om en bak de andere kant nog heel even, een grote spatel helpt hierbij (je kan de omelet ook eerst op een bord laten glijden zodat je hem in zijn geheel om kan draaien door hem dan te ‘flippen’ met het bord terug in de pan zodat hij niet scheurt).

Geniet van je heerlijk luchtige omelet met een grote beker thee of milo 🙂 enjoy

 

Tips:

gebruik een pan die niet aanbakt zodat de omelet er mooi egaal en heel uit komt

Gebruik een grote pan

gebruik een goede grote spatel om de omelet goed kan omdraaien zonder dat hij kapot gaat.

Mix groentes en varieer zo heb je niet elke keer dezelfde smaak

Wat heb je nodig?

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Wat heb je nodig om Ghana in te kunnen? Wat zijn echt absolute aanraders om mee te nemen en wat is handig om bij je te hebben als je op reis gaat naar Ghana? Ik  zal ze voor je op een rijtje zetten..

Ik ga op reis naar Ghana en ik neem mee:

  • Een visum is verplicht, je vraagt een visum aan bij de Ghanese ambassade online. Let op dit kost 5 werkdagen dus zorg dat je dit ruim op tijd doet, je dient hem zelf op te halen in DenHaag. (je kan dit met spoed doen dit kost alleen wel duurder)
  • Verplichte vaccinaties: gele koort & een cholera stempel. Daarnaast radeb ze andere vaccinaties aan maar LET OP.. niet alles is verplicht meestal word wel DTP (difterie,tetanus &polio) en Hepatitis A (besmettelijke geelzucht) aangeraden maar dit is dus niet verplicht.
  • Anti malaria medicijnen
  • Muggen werende creme, stick of spray met DEET let wel op er zijn verschillende soorten met diverse percentages deet verkrijgbaar (volwassenen 50% kinderen even navragen/lezen op de verpakking)
  • Een klamboe het liefst eentje die is geïmpregneerd met een insektendodend middel
  • ORS tegen uitdrogen of bij ziekte, diarree en overmatige transpiratie
  • Norit als diarree stopper
  • Thermometer
  • Pleisters en verband (EHBO reis setje)
  • Betadine of iets anders wond desinfecterend voor kleine wondjes of sneetjes
  • Paracetamol voor kinderen de zetpil paracetamol
  • Tampons
  • Scheermesjes
  • Powerbank (soms is er ‘light off’ dus dan heb je tijdelijk geen stroom tenzij je een generator hebt)
  • zaklamp of een lampje met een trek touwtje die zijn tegenwoordig verkrijgbaar daar heb je geen stroom voor nodig

Tips:

Ben je van plan sex te hebben neem dan zelf condooms mee! Zo weet je zeker dat ze voldoen aan de strenge Europese eisen. Let op; neem ze mee in je handbagage en niet in je koffer. In het ruim waar je koffer heen gaat kan het behoorlijk koud worden waardoor de kwaliteit van de condooms onzichtbaar achteruit gaat en de kans bestaat dat ze dan scheuren, en dat is natuurlijk niet de bedoeling

Voor je vaccinaties kan je o.a naar de GGD reizigers afdeling of de KLM travel clinic. Maak ruim op tijd je afspraak als dat mogelijk is want er bestaan diverse pillen. Malarone hoef je pas vanaf één dag voor vertrek te slikken tot aan 7 dagen na terug komst maar Lariam moet al vanaf 3 weken voor vertrek worden geslikt tot 4 weken nadat je weer terug in Nederland bent, hiervoor is het dus wel gewenst op tijd je afspraak te maken zodat je in overleg met de arts nog keuze hebt in wat je wilt gaan slikken. Als deze beide niet geschikt zijn is er ook nog doxycycline wat als alternatief gegeven kan worden.

Spicy talk with Rahim Ayew

Nira from Ghanees Eten had a spicy interview with Rahim Ayew, what did we talk about? Well just keep on reading …IMG-20170718-WA0017

When i asked Rahim what his favorite Ghanaian dish would be there was no doubt, without thinking he answered: ‘Jollof”! He said ‘Jollof is just diffrent because it’s a bit spicy. To me Jollof is THE BEST. It’s just so diffrent from every other food in the world.’ He told me the Spanish have something called paëlla wich he had tasted befored altho he liked it, Rahim said: ‘but still Ghana jollof is the best!’

I hear this all the time. A lot of us Ghanaians really feel like our jollof is ‘it’. I asked what he thinks about the ongoing ‘jollof beef’ between Ghanaians and Nigerians. Both saying they have the best jollof. I think we both agreed that offcourse our Ghanaian jollof is the best hihi. Rahim believes that they learned it from us so they can never beat us.

So tell me Rahim what is your relation with tradidional food? He went on telling me that if he travels or is staying abroad in Europe and he does not get any food from Ghana, he just woun’t feel good. He said ‘i am so related to it that i get homesick if i don’t get my African local dishes for too long’. So he learned how to cook. Rahim said western food is also nice but he will miss some spices.  He went on saying ‘after some time.. uhmmm ma bre’.

It’s funny because almost every Ghanaian i know will tell me they like to taste dishes from other countries, and they actually wíll taste it, but they never feel satisfied unless they eat local food. Rahim sais if there is both African and European food on a table, and there is some food from Europe he has tried before he will take a bit and eat it but if he never tried it before he wount even dare he will just stick to the African food… So i don’t think i have to ask you European food or Ghana food, right?! We are both laughing when he obviously said ‘African food’.

Since you are a footballer/soccerplayer, is there anything you do to stay fit and healthy or is that not possible if you only eat Ghanaian foods? I mean is there any specific food that keeps you fit and healthy as a athlete? Rahim tells me that he never eats any heavy food like banku or fufu before a game. From a day before a match he does not eat no banku, fufu or waakye or any other heavy dishes. Sometimes he does eat jollof on a day of a game but he makes sure to eat it lots of hours before a match and only using a litlle bit of spices. But mostly he just eat pasta.

Rahim is there any food you could eat every day? Rahim: ‘jollof!’  Well at least we got that clear.. lol

What do you think of the high rates of high bloodpressure, diabetes and high colesterol among Ghanaians? Rahim’s advice to does who don’t really exercise is: don’t over do it. He said if you are into sport you kind of compensate. He is giving me an example of his father Abédi Pelé who used to be one of the greatest soccer players of Africa now no longer playing and also suffering from bloodpressure. Abédi Pelé now too is watching his diet according to his oldest son Rahim. Rahim tells me how he feels like it is also somehow society to blame because not everybody can afford the healthy things like fresh vegetables. If they get one of these health problems like high bloodpresure or diabetes also not everybody can afford the medications that the doctor is prescribing so some people have no choice.

I think it’s safe to say that we concluded that there is just something magical, álmost addictional to our beloved Ghanaian kitchen.. So keep on enjoying and try to workout 😉

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