They also think it's hilarious that Adam is the house chef and get a kick out of teaching him tricks-of-the-Congo-cooking-trade.
So here is the first installment of Cooking with the Mamas: Bitekuteku
Serves 2-4 Congolese, or 10-12 Foreigners
2 large bunches of young bitekuteku (or spinach if you’re Stateside)
3 cups of green onions, chopped
2 small eggplants, peeled
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons oil (traditionally palm)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 bouillon cubes
Pinch of salt
Optional ingredients: ground peanuts, fish
Boil the greens in baking soda for 3-4 minutes (This helps it keep its green color.) Drain and rinse (Be sure to rinse off all the baking soda.) Set aside.
Saute onion in oil, then add green onion, eggplant and peppers.
Add the greens and stir. (Here is where "rich people" would add fish or ground peanuts)
Add bouillon cubes and salt.
Cook until desired consistency (add a bit of water if necessary, but usually not.)
Serve with rice, plantains, beans, chicken or comme vous voulez!
Cooking for Real on the Food Network, and of course she was making collard greens. Mama Youyou gave me that, "Are you kidding me?!" look she does so well...
p.s. I just saw that Bitekuteku is also known as the slightly-more-recognizable, amaranth! (Jill)