Early on this year, I shared some vegetarian and vegan Eritrea for Refugee Week. I also wrote about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Please see that blog post here if you wish to read it further. Today, I share some both Eritrean and Ethiopian recipes for World Vegan Month of November.
Well before starting this blog, I only had Ethiopian - Eritrean cuisine twice in my life. The first time ever was in 2000, when I went to see my best friend Leah in the US. She picked me up from the airport in San Francisco and took me to an Ethiopian restaurant in the big
In the same cookbook that I stumbled upon Eritrean Zigni Spaghetti - Noodles with Hot Sauce. I wasn't quite sure about it assuming it was more of a recent fusion recipe, but a few years later when I was volunteering for Venture Scotland on a camping trip to Glen Etive, Scotland I asked some of the participants who happened to be from Ethiopia and Eritrea about Zigni Spaghetti , they confirmed to me that this pasta dish indeed real.
Spaghetti Zigni hails back to the 1930s when the Italians tried and failed to colonise Ethiopia, however they did leave behind culinary influences. Zigni Spaghetti was one of those influences.
Zigni is essentially pasta coated in a deep rich tomato sauce enhanced with the highly spiced Berbere blend. Berbere in Amharic means hot. Berbere is a Hot Chilli Spice Blend that is essential to many Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes . Its become one of my favourite spice blends.
I followed a recipe for Spicy Lentil Misir W'et (Stew) that came from Ethiopian cook, Alemtshaye Yigezu. For the recipe, follow this link. The only thing I did in addition was add both sweet potatoes and chickpeas to the dish, nothing more.
Ethiopian Supper of Tibs 'Soya Beef' with Berbere and Cherry Tomatoes and Caramelised White Cabbage, Carrot and Potatoes. adapted from Mazi Maz in The Guardian. I did veganize all of these recipes.
Recently I was excited to find a little Ethiopian eatery called Neferetti in the town where I work, but noone at work is brave enough to come with me to eat there, and I am a bit hesitant about going on my own.
Finally, my fusion take on a Courgette Soup incorporating Berbere Spice Blend.
As well as some Injera Crackers made from leftover Injera - Sourdough flatbread.
Do you like Eritrea or Ethiopian cuisine? I am bookmarking Rock My Vegan Socks variation of Ingudai Tibs, a mushroom recipe, but do you have any other Ethiopian or Eritrean recipes to share with me, please do - this greedy girls needs to diversify her meals.