Bologie And Bitters


Source: Favourite Sierra Leone Recipes by Pamela Greene
Prep time: 40 minutesCooking time: 1 1⁄2 hoursTotal time: 2 1⁄6 hours

Description

West Africans like to eat leaves. Here is a recipe which uses bologie and bitters leaves. Leaves contain many value vitamins for the health of the body.

Ingredients

8  
fresh bologie leaves (handfuls shredded)
1  
fresh bitter leaves (handful pounded, rubbed and washed)
1⁄2 pint
palm oil
1  
large dried fish (flaked)
1⁄2 cup
powdered egusi
1  
large onion (ground)
2  
red peppers (whole or ground)
3 cups
water (or more)
1 pound
beef or oxtail
1  
pig's foot (cut and softened)
1 tablespoon
ogiri (ground)
1⁄2 cup
cockle (or oysters optional)
   
salt to taste

Instructions

How to make Bologie and Bitters?
1. Put 2 cups water into saucepan to boil. Add ogiri, pepper and onions and cook slowly for 10 minutes.
2. Add cubed beef or oxtail pieces, and boil gently to soften all meat. Add rest of the water as it evaporates.
3. Add palm oil and pig's foot pieces and cook gently to remove the raw flavour from palm oil.
4. Add shredded bologie and bitter leaves. Cook gently until the leaves are tender, adding water as it evaporates.
5. Add some water to the egusi in a bowl and mix into a smooth paste and this to the sauce and continue cooking. The sauce thickens as it cooks. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and add more water if it becomes too dry and thick.
6. Add flaked fish; cockle and oyster (if fresh). Dried cockle and oyster if used should be added at stage 2.
7. Add salt to taste. Cover saucepan and cook gently until desired thickening or consistency is achieved.
8. Serve with hot foofoo or rice or any other carbohydrate food such as agidi.

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