African Recipe Semi-Fail but Still Delicious

Yesterday my schedule got all turned around!  I intended to go to class then work for an hour, go to an another class and stay on campus to study til 4 then come home a cook.  However, the second class that is usually at 12:20 got moved to 3:00 and went almost til 5:00!  I still managed to get a lot done in between but I was not prepared to stay on campus til past 5!

Anyway, when we last spoke, I was soaking black eyed peas…

Here’s why:  Rhoda, my friend who pops up around here all the time, is moving to Africa!  She threw a Rhoda is going to Africa party, where we all made recipes from her future home, Burkina Faso!

So I made Savory Bean Cakes! Not the healthiest but these could definitely be made healthier while still tasting delicious!

Burkinese Savory Bean Cakes

adapted from Savoury Beancakes

200g dried black eyed peas (I actually ended up using about 220g… not a big deal)
1 carrot, chopped
1/3 onion, chopped
salt to taste
1 egg, beaten
oil for frying

Cook and peel the black eyed peas.  Allow to cool.

Put all ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth.

At this point, I would allow your dough to cool.  I think this is where mine went wrong.  Form them into ball and flatten, essentially into patties.

Fry for about 10 minutes.

I guess I should also say that I’ve never fried anything before, so I don’t really know how to.  I think of myself as a pretty able cook for the most part but when it comes to frying… oh jeez!

Some were burn (oil too hot).  Some broke apart (should have let the dough cool… I think).

But they tasted great!  Beany and delicious!

Even though they weren’t fabulous looking, I took them to Rhoda’s for our Rhoda is going to Africa celebration.

There was a ton of tasty Burkinese food! Check out the spread:

Rhoda made this DELICIOUS Stew!

Served with cous cous

This stuff was dense!  I was full the entire night! (My two helping of dessert probably had something to do with that too!)

She also made a millet porridge for us to try!  I thought it was tasty!  Rhoda was apprehensive but she’s going to be eating it a lot in the next couple years apparently!

Julie made the same recipe as me!  Coincidence!  Guess there aren’t too many recipes from Burkina Faso out there.  She made hers with black beans.  They were delicious!  Amazing how two different beans can taste so different!

Liz made a tasty mango chutney to complement it all!  I believe she used this recipe.

My plate (definitely had seconds…)

Dessert were Sara’s brownies with fruit and hazelnuts!  Delicious! And Anna’s apple crisp (which I’m bummed I forgot to take a picture of!)

Sooo good! It was really fun to try out these new recipes!  Even if some of them didn’t turn out as expected… Are you a fan of trying to make things you’ve never heard of or do you prefer to have a point of reference (i.e. you’ve eaten it before) when you make something?

After dinner, we headed to a party at Sara’s house.  I danced it up a bit (Beyonce came on and you better believe I was all over it), but pooped out at about 12:30am.

Today is another sunny day!  Any fun weekend plans?

Have a great day!!!!


8 thoughts on “African Recipe Semi-Fail but Still Delicious

  1. sweetandsweat says:

    This looks ridiculousy good. I should be studying right now (it’s MT season at CAL 😦 ) but this bean cake thingy looks absolutely delicious. I think I’m going to make it when I get back home.
    And Berkeley Bowl is the Mecca of food lovers.

  2. healthyexposures says:

    I consider this far from a FAIL – still looks great to me! I’d probably have been all over the “burnt” ones, haha. And you’re right – I bet these could easily be baked rather than fried. Sounds like you all had a great time, and enjoyed great food.

    I love making new foods! It’s nice to have a point of reference just so I know what it’s supposed to taste like, but I’ve also never had a “real” falafel before – but enjoy it when I make it! Or, at least make what I view as falafel, I guess, haha.

  3. Lele says:

    What an awesome party! So funny cause just yesterday I found this African cookbook on my Dad’s shelf and was DROOLING over every recipe in it… but a lot of the ingredients were a bit unfamiliar and intimidating. Yours looks like an awesome starter recipe, though!

  4. Danielle says:

    The bean cakes sound awesome (even if they didn’t stick together)

    I’m addicted to variety. I love trying new things!

  5. todayslady says:

    Definitely not a fail if it tasted good! All that food looks delicious! I don’t too often make recipes that I haven’t heard of but every time I do I realize that I should do it more often. It’s so easy to make things you know will turn out but if you only do that you might be missing out on lots of different food. The only thing I like having is a picture of what it’s supposed to look like. Enjoy the sun, it’s so sunny here too!

  6. kilax says:

    What a fun party! I am always afraid to fry things. Afraid I will burn myself AND mess up the food!

    We are pretty good about trying things we have never tasted before, but I will admit, many of our cooking quests are us trying to re-make something we ate somewhere else 😉

  7. Jenn ( says:

    I love themed parties, how cool! Everything looks delish, even your bean burgers. 🙂

    I love trying new recipes. I wish the others in my house were as enthusiastic about eating them LOL.


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