Wednesday, August 17, 2011

African Fruit Salad and African Green Pepper and Spinach

African Fruit Salad 
 Recipe By     : Fruit Desserts, Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Eat-Lf Mailing List              Ethnic
                 Low Fat                          Salads/Salad Dressings
                 Side Dishes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      Lg            Papaya -- 1 Lb Or Larger
    2                    Mangos -- Abt 1 Lb Each
    1      Lg            Pineapple -- 3 - 4 Lb
    2      Lg            Bananas
 Here is a naturally sweet, refreshing dessert that is a common finale to
 dinner parties in former French West Africa.  Use only the ripest,
 fullest-flavored fruits; bananas that have just turned yellow and only the
 sweetest pineapple.  If you cannot find large-sized fruit called for in the
 recipe, equivalent weights of smaller fruits can be used.  You can make the
 salad up to 4 hrs ahead of time, then cover with plastic wrap and
 refrigerate.  Add the bananas just before serving, however, or they will
 turn brown.  The fruits must be all cut into very small pieces for the dish
 to be at its best.
 Half the papaya and scoop out its seeds; peel the halves.  Cut the flesh
 into small pieces and place in a large serving bowl.  
 Peel the mangoes.  Slice as much of the flesh off the pit as possible,
 being careful to capture any juices. Cut the flesh into small pieces.  Add
 the pieces and their juices to the bowl holding the papaya.
 Using a sturdy, harp knife, cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple.
 Set the pineapple upright on a cutting board. Working from the top to the
 bottom, slice off the dark, prickly outside skin.  Cut out any remaining
 eyes or dark spots.  (A strawberry huller works well for this.)  Cut the
 pineapple lengthwise into quarters, being careful to capture any juices.
 Cut lengthwise again to remove the tough inner core on each quarter.  Cut
 the pineapple into small pieces, again being carful to capture any juices.
 Add the pineapple and juices to the other fruits. Toss well, cover and
 refrigerate until well chilled.
 Just before serving, peel the bananas and cut into small pieces.  Add to
 the bowl, toss well and serve.
 Serves 8

 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vegetables                       African
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1       md           Onion -- chopped
    1       md           Green pepper -- chopped
    1       tb           Oil
    1       md           Tomato -- chopped
    1       lb           Fresh spinach -- stems removed
      3/4   ts           Salt
      1/8   ts           Pepper
      1/4   c            Peanut butter
   Cook and stir onion and green pepper in oil in 3-quart saucepan until onion
   is tender. Add tomato and spinach. Cover and simmer until spinach is
   tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper and peanut butter. Heat just
   until hot.

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