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    African Recipe of the Week: Coconut and Banana Beef Stew

    An unlikely combination of ingredients make this stew a surprisingly delicious main course for any night of the week! What You'll Need: ·2 lbs lean beef ·5 firm, green bananas (make sure they are not ripe) ·2 large onions ·1 large tomato ·2 cups coconut milk ·1 cup water ·2 tbsp vegetable oil ·½ lb peas ·6 oz snow peas, washed ·salt and pepper (to taste) How To Make The Stew: Peel and dice the onions finely Dice the tomato into coarse pieces Peel the bananas and cut into 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces Dice the beef into approximately ½ inch pieces Place the meat in a saucepan, cover with water, add salt, bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onions without browning. Add the tomato as well as the meat mixture. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Continue cooking until the tomatoes soften. Add the coconut milk, stirring continuously and bring the mixture to the boil. Add the banana pieces and the peas to the stew. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the bananas are cooked, soft but not mushy. The Banana and Coconut Beef Stew should be served hot, over rice. Credit goes to Afri Chef for this recipe. You can find many more African recipes on their e-book! You can also find many African recipes on our African Recipes page. IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH: [caption id="attachment_3285" align="alignnone" width="205" caption="Bessie Coleman"]Bessie Coleman[/caption] Bessie Coleman was America's first female African-American pilot. "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess," as she became known, faced the double difficulties of racial and gender discrimination in early 20th-century America but overcame such challenges to become the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license. Simply her presence in the air threatened prevailing contemporary stereotypes. She also fought segregation when she could by using her influence as a celebrity to effect change, no matter how small.
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