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Thursday, February 23, 2006

BANANA AND COCONUT BEEF STEW from Gambia

2 lb lean beef
·5 firm, green bananas (ensure that they are not ripe)
·2 large onions
·1 large tomato
·2 cups coconut milk
·1 cup water
·2 tbsp vegetable oil·
½ lb peas
·6 oz snow peas, mange tout, washed·salt and pepper (to taste)










Peel and dice the onions finely
Dice the tomato into coarse pieces
Peel the bananas and cut into 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces
Dice the beef into approximately ½ inch pieces
Place the meat in a saucepan, cover with water, add salt, bring to the boil and then simmer until tender.Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onions without browning. Add the tomato as well as the meat mixture. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Continue cooking until the tomatoes soften.Add the coconut milk, stirring continuously and bring the mixture to the boil. Add the banana pieces and the peas to the stew. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the bananas are cooked, soft but not mushy.

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