07.20.20 – 07.23.20
Roasted in a tomato, onion, garlic,
& peanut butter sauce–often called
the “national dish of Congo,”
*plant-based option: Moambe Plantains
Cooked in special blend of red peppers, tomatoes, onions, & fresh chili peppers
Fresh spinach sautéed with
onion, garlic, & diced tomatoes
Fried dough balls made with
coconut milk, cinnamon & cardamom
dusted with powdered sugar
Next Week’s Meal:
Sam’s Salad Bar with creative toppings, honey-mustard vinaigrette, & fresh roasted Utah trout. Served with Curious Bread & pesto cream cheese.
*plant-based option: roast mushrooms
As we celebrate Utah’s Pioneer Day, we want to honor a modern-day pioneer – a person who courageously crossed the globe to settle her family in these mountain valleys. This week, Curious Table takes you to the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – an area besieged by decades of brutal conflict, genocide, and the flow of refugees.
Rosette Bahati is a woman and mother without parallel; a master chef who honed her skills in her home village, refugee camp, and in the US. In 2004, she was forced to leave her hometown of Goma alone with her seven kids after being brutally assaulted by rebel soldiers who took her husband away. Crossing by foot across the border into Uganda, they made their home in a camp for almost two years. Here, by some miracle, her husband found them. Granted visas to immigrate to the US, the family was sent to an unknown place: Salt Lake City, Utah. Since arriving, she has connected with a large and loving community – many of whom benefit from Rosette’s wonderful cooking!
Through her catering service Congolese Cafe, she crafts the food she perfected back home. Cooking when devastated by conflict and poverty requires certain creativity and stamina. But like any culinary tradition, she draws from numerous influences that have found their way to Africa’s heartland: curry seasonings brought by Indian immigrants, French baking dating to colonial times, and reliance on easy-to-grow local produce like onions, tomatoes, and peanuts. In honor of Rosette, her loving family, and her unstoppable courage, Curious Table serves you this week a Central African feast!
From our table to yours…
Eat well, be well!