The "Nigerian seasonings" in the baked beans appeared to be curry powder and a little bit of peanut butter (plus the usual garlic, onion, and tomato). My husband liked these especially, because peanut butter is his very favorite food. However, they had to cook for around three hours, which is a long time when it's Sunday night and your family is tired and cranky. Is it worth it?? Make the Cypriot stew. We had the Nigerian beans with some asparagus and crusty rye bread.
The other thing I made this week were Deb Perelman's (from Smitten Kitchen) rhubarb cream cheese hand pies. Have I mentioned that I love both Deb's writing and her recipes? After trying a fair number of her dishes by now, I'll vouch particularly for her baking. Every single baked dessert I have ever tried from her blog has been stupendous, from the chocolate hazelnut macaroon torte (yes! It's not as hard as it looks!) to an unassuming little coconut bread. So, I made these pretty little pies. Note that my pies did not look like Deb's. My pies looked like this:
Also, the fillings were both tasty, not too sweet, and the pies held together the way they were supposed to, baked properly, and did not leak the way I totally expected them to. Total success. They are, as you would imagine, a fair amount of labor, and while I considered taking some to work to share (=show off), I decided in the end I didn't want to share my pies.
One note: there is a TON of rhubarb filling left over. Tonight I'm going to make a crisp out of it so that it doesn't go to waste.
A final photo. I have started giving my cat tidbit plates from my meals so that I can discover what (if anything!!) she likes. Here is one from this morning:
If you are thinking, "Wow, lady, you had a really weird breakfast this morning," well, I can't really argue with that.