Thursday, July 15, 2010


Yesterday I went over to a friends house for a mini cultural experience: their maid made thieboudienne, a delicious traditional Senegalese dish featuring a big fish, rice, shrimp, smaller fish balls, lots of fresh veggies (eggplant, cabbage, carrots, mandioc, potatoes, etc...), and incorporated in a tomato and peanut sauce.
The fish is called "Capitaine," a giant African threadfin- it tasted great (the whole meal did). The fish wasn’t flaky and did not have a fishy flavor.
It took her 6 hours to make it all and we sat around a giant bowl to eat it and drank it with bissap juice. We ate traditional style by sitting around the giant common bowl and scooped up the food with our hands. We also shared a baguette and had some brownies for dessert (not a traditional Senegalese dessert).  Best meal I have had so far in Senegal!


  1. Wow. It looks amazing, I'd use silverware :) That's a full day in the kitchen. It's good to have leftovers too. Did you get to take any home for later?
    Love, Mom

  2. Looks interesting. Eating out of the same bowl, huh? Also interesting. Being a staunch New Englander, that kind of experience is ... interesting :)

  3. Sorry, Dad Bratt is my google blog name

  4. You always were a little more adventurous than me!!