In some ways, Rwanda reminds me a lot of the Southern United States… especially the rural South The food is pretty basic, but good cooks know how to jazz it up. People still believe in old wives tales [but here they are called something different]. Church still takes up a big part of your Sunday… Football is pretty important [although a different kind of football], and kids play outside and create their own fun. That being said this dish is as simple as they come and instantly transports me back to childhood. Introducing 2 super simple southern dishes.
- Tomates [canned works best]
- Oilve oil
Cook rice until fluffy. If you have an onion, add it if you want to, but totally not necessary. Bring tomatoes to boil and boil off some of their juices. Add tomatoes to rice. Season with salt and pepper. That’s it. Seriously, the easiest dish I could ever make in Rwanda.
Spam and Eggs
Another seriously southern dish that’s readily available in Rwanda. Also it had been YEARS since I had Spam until this.
- seasoning to taste
- oil for frying
Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into cubes. Fry potatoes until brown. Add water to accelerate cooking using the fry/boil method. Cut the SPAM into bite sized cubes, and fry cubes until brown. Crack eggs in a separate bowl if you want scrambled eggs, or the frying pan if you want fried eggs. Cook eggs until done. Mix potatoes, SPAM, and eggs together. Enjoy.