Forget Pan-Africanist politics. You can tell a true Child of Africa by his enjoyment of a plate of samp and beans.
Eaten throughout Southern Africa where the constituent ingredients are available, this pot was made by my flatmate @kakasele81 , aka Selemane, a Swahili-speaking Dar Es Salaam native who learned cooking from the women in his family (of course), grew up shopping in open air markets, and has a genius for turning 5 simple ingredients into unspeakable deliciousness.
Most white South Africans learned to eat this dish bagging it off their housekeepers and cooks. His version is made with speckled dry beans similar to borlotti, cracked dry white maize, raw ground nuts (actually a legume, and so an obvious and inspired pairing), coconut milk and salt and is associated with the Masai. Vestigially sweet, earthy, bland in the best way and tasting of nothing but it's humble constituents, it's all about liquid management, not unlike a great risotto. Not too wet, not too dry (cement), this one is oh-so-right, Goldilocks. Ribs ticking definitive comfort food. It's the simple things.
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