Before talking about This African’s Ghanaian Stew or Abomu, here is a little back story. So obviously based on my blog name we all know I’m African, Ghanaian to be exact. I spent the first 8 or 9 years of my life in Ghana. The most I remember from Ghana is living with my sister, two male cousins, my uncle and his wife, and also my younger uncle. My parents at the time were overseas, I spent earlier years of my life with my Maternal Grandmother (May She Rest In Peace). I remember playing outside, and the always warm weather. I remember the time I spent playing with empty cans, lighting a fire, yeah you heard that right. I use to play with empty cans, and made meals from the trash, but it was not for eating, don’t get me wrong. I used to pretend that I was a chef. I lived in the city of Accra (Medina to be exact). In Ghana there are many types of foods, from fried doughnut(Bofrot) yum, Fried plantains and, FuFu(not a fan) but it is one of the most eaten foods in Ghana, Stew, among many types of Soups, Cakes and Bakes, Yams, and this one specific fruit that I remember called Alasa or White Star Apple, it would start of sour OMG, then sweet, and then turned into chewing gum, …Amazing right? It is only found in Tropical Africa.
Growing up I spent a couple of times a week eating the stew, there are many versions of stew. There are ones made with spinach, tomato-based, peanut butter, corned beef, etc., My favorite version of stew is tomato based. Growing up while in the US my father taught me how to make stew his way, which is how I make it now. I’ve gradually tweaked it a bit, my tweaks may make it slightly different from others. I prefer using turkey or chicken, of course, you can do beef, but I’m not really big on red meat. Ghanaian stew is different from American stew, in that American stew usually has potatoes, vegetables, meat, and either water or stock as its liquid, so it is more like a meal in itself. It does not require a side dish. Ghanaian stew does not consist of potatoes, more so it is a sauce which is usually tomato based, it usually has small diced vegetables and some sort of meat or poultry. The meat is often fried and placed in the sauce while it is slowly cooking and tenderizing. It is often eaten with Rice, African Yams, Potatoes, and Spaghetti(my favorite way :)). Stew is my favorite because you have options on how you eat it, often times you make so much of it, usually good for about 5 days. My Hubby loves stew, and so do my friends, one of my friends had me make it, and a friend of hers took it to her in Virginia, lol. Stew can be used as the base for Jollof Rice. It is usually very spicy, but lately, my stomach is not too happy with super spicy, though the Hubby likes it spicy. In fact, I used to put so much pepper in it, (Ghanaian powdered Chili Peppers) or Habanero Peppers, that one of my friends would say that her lips would go numb, but she continued to eat. I’m not here to judge other people’s way of making stew, but I do know that people around me love my stew. If you would like to try Stew go ahead and make it. Hope ou enjoy and share your thoughts.
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