25/07/2012

Tilapia Shito

Okay ... erm ... Shito?

I'm glad you asked - it's Ghanaian. You know, from Ghana. Africa.

It's ground shrimp, chillies and oil.

Drop a teaspoon of the stuff into a broth and you've got a hot HOT soup! Drop a couple of teaspoons and it's starting to tickle my fancy ... a couple of tablespoons and it's right up my street, on my table and being gobbled down!

I must say, I don't know very much at all about African cooking. I guess it's pretty primal - stews made from meat, fish, stock and vegetables and very much supplemented with ground cassava and yams.

I know about Fufu, a large ball of cassava root, ground and set to cook in a pot of stew, pieces broken off, hollowed and used to scoop up the good food in the stew. This is primal ... this is paleo+ and a lot of fun every so often.

More centrist paleo would just like a hot fish stew, so here goes ...

I began by softening some onions in red palm oil and then blending them with half a carton of chopped tomatoes, a couple of cloves of garlic and a little ginger - all sorts of spiky flavours in there!

That made a red paste which can then be let out a little with some stock - chicken stock is good, fish stock would be perfect. I only had chicken stock, so that's what I went with.

Spice it up with a good dollop of Shito.

Drop in something green - I went with some tenderstem broccoli which softens in the stew while a couple of fillets of fish can be steamed over the top. Tilapia is good - a nice firm fish with fibrous flesh.

With the fish steamed, simply lay them into the stew and eat.

Easy, eh?

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