My number one goal for my first project is create a Traditional African American dish that ties into American foods. The food I have prepared will blast your taste buds right off your tongue.
I started by researching about what West African dishes I could possibly create that's in a similar way of how the Africans prepared the dish. After doing research, I chose to do Yassa chicken, jollof rice, plantains, and mandazi donuts. These foods all came from the parts of West Africa. In a slide, I itemized the seasonings and ingredients for each food I was making for the project. I add pictures to make look supplementary. I even added directions and instructions to make sure the food was prepared very respectable. Some of the ingredients I never heard of was cardamom, white peppers, bunch thyme, white wine vinegar, scotch bonnet pepper, and etc. I read two magazines about other interesting American foods and how to format the recipe and directions on my slide.
I didn't really have trouble understanding the format of the recipes and information for each food. It was basically common sense once I saw what to do. I liked seeing how other people made the dishes I made in different ways.
I used two magazines called "Fun Fall Treats" food network and The Big Thanksgiving Issue food network. It was my first time actually using a magazine for a project and it turned out very eloquently.
I created a full on African meal for my teachers and a West African dessert for my classmates. I decided to create the meal at home so that my parents could help if I would got fazed by something like the stove. It took me a day to prepare, marinate, and cook the meal.
For the Yassa chicken, I grabbed frozen chicken breast and thawed them out into my refrigerator and waited for about 2 hours. I grabbed a whole sliced onion, salt and pepper, 3 lemons, and the chicken. I mixed them up into the bowl to be marinated and placed them into the refrigerator for about three hours. Then I get the other food materials end rest them on the counter until your ready for them to be used.
Once the yassa chicken is almost marinated, get your rice and use a bowl. Fill the rice in a mug in and place the rice into the bowl four times. Grab a rice pot and put oil into. Put the stove on medium-heat. Grab a blender, four tomatoes, one whole chopped red onion, red bell peppers with seeds, scotch peppers, and warm water. Blind it together for about a minute and add it to the pot that contains cooking red onions and tomato paste. Once you added the sauce, add your own African seasonings, and add in a few cups of water and the bowl of rice. Let it set in for about a hour.
Grab a skillet and place it on the stove with medium heat. Seize the marinated chicken and place it in the skillet with onions, and seasons you think you would want in your chicken. Place a skillet cover on top of the skillet and let it set for 20 minutes.
While that's cooking, grab the materials you need for the manadazi donuts. Use flour, dry yeast, cardamom, coconut milk, sugar, powder sugar, vegetable oil, a egg, and a slat. Add the mixtures together and form a triangle. Use a skillet and place it on the stove on medium low or, medium heat. Fry the donuts carefully until both sides are golden. Seize a napkin so that the oil is soaked up into the napkin.
Last but not least, the plantains. Slice the plantains into skinny pieces and fry them into a skillet on medium heat. Wait until its a golden brown color on both kinds. Place the plantains on a napkin so the oil is submerged into the napkin.
The jollof rice, the yassa chicken, manadazi donuts, and plantains should be properly done and ready to be served for the family, teachers, and friends.
I enjoyed cooking all the dishes for the project. I thought cooking the foods were very exotic to me since it was my first time preparing a whole African meal by myself. I wouldn't mind doing it again since I actually learned to luxuriate in African dishes. The inflexible part was to find the seasonings and ingredients for my foods. You can get the items at the store but, it would take a long while to find them since the seasons would be for African food. Me and my parents went to a African store to find the seasonings since it would be trouble-free. Over all, I thought this portion of my Apollo project was my favorite part.
Here are my different dishes
For the social studies segment, I chose to compare the foods of American dishes and African dishes on keynote. I gave intelligent facts about the food types for each other and compared them together. I even researched how they could be combined to make a great cuisine. I talked about how African foods came to America on translucent slave ships. I tried my very best to find information that could help me support my facts.
Let me tell ya something. I had plenty of time finding research for both these cultural food types and they rally help with my project. There was an astonishing amount of brilliant information that could help support my project and research. The hardest thing that was probably rigid was finding how American and African foods were combined.
I chose to do this project because I might want to be a chef when I graduate from college. My parents thought I should do something about my ancestors to honor them so, I chose to do African food! African food has always been interesting to me because it's so, divergent to other cultural foods. African foods are usually very spicy and I have a passion for hot or, spicy foods. I always wanted to go into Africa to see what it's like and how the people live. I think African foods should be presented as amazing just like American, Chinese, Mexican, Spanish, and Italian foods. Not much is known about African food because we don't try new things because we're used to the same food. In the end, African food is interesting and very delicious and I hope you try it too.