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Merrily stewing away on my stove is a pot of Chicken Kédjénou, a West African (specifically, from Côte d'Ivoire) dish that's basically a chicken stew with red wine and a bouillon cube as the liquid. I got the idea to make it and the directions from . . . a graphic novel. To be fair, both of the Aya books have extensive cultural notes in the back -- in addition to Chicken Kédjénou, the second book also tells you how to bundle your baby onto your back, African style, and has a little essay about how Ivorian families care for a new mother. I guess I'll just have to see if the Chicken Kédjénou is really good enough to seduce a girl from Paris . . .

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meggins
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Recipes have been slipping into novels, especially mysteries, for quite some time now. Seems only fair to have some in graphic novels as well.

Bon appetit!
frenchpony
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Chicken Kédjénou turns out to be very tasty, so here's how to make it:

Chop one onion and two tomatoes (and one chili pepper, if you want, but it's optional). Cut a chicken into serving pieces. Put the chicken and the veggies in a big pot, add salt, pepper, a tablespoon of vinegar, a ladleful of red wine, and a bouillon cube, and stew it for an hour. Serve it with a starch (I used rice) to sop up the broth.

It's totally easy and very tasty, in part because the broth doesn't have a water base. It starts out with a base layer of flavor from the wine and vinegar, then gets more flavor as the tomatoes release their juice, and then the bouillon cube melts and adds the final layer of flavor.
elliska
Oct. 5th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love recipes like this. Make them all the time. They are easy. They are also healthy and tasty. Sounds great!
frenchpony
Oct. 5th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
It's the kind of recipe that makes me unable to understand why there are so many people who don't cook. This could not be simpler, and you can even buy whole chickens already cut up into serving pieces if you don't want to dismember the bird yourself.
meggins
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Mmmmm. Sounds tasty. I've saved it to my recipe file. Thanks for sharing.
frenchpony
Oct. 8th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
It is tasty. I think you'll really enjoy it.
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