Friday, May 2, 2008

Angola, continued

Angolans love seafood and they love their food spicy. I like that!

From wikicookbook: After decades of civil war, Angola is picking up the pieces and rebuilding the country. Because few years have passed from the end of the civil war, there isn’t yet any important food festival celebrated here. Because of the famine that is still haunting most of the country, food traditions are rarely celebrated. One of the most loved festivals is Island Party which is celebrated for two days in November. The purpose of this celebration is to protect the Isle of Luanda from sinking and people from drowning. People throw fruits or even cooked dishes in the water and offer prayers.

One of the best known Angolan desserts, cocada amarela shows the extent to which the Angolan chefs have taken the art of cooking in their quest for a flavour that combines the traditional African ingredients with the European taste. The main ingredients of this dish are cloves, Sugar, coconut, egg yolks and cinnamon.

Unfortunately, due to the conflicts and wars that Angola has gone through, there are not many Angolan chefs. However, other chefs around the world got inspired by the Angolan cuisine and began expanding it and familiarizing the public with the wonderful flavoured Angolan dishes.

The typical Angolan meal consists of a starchy food such as rice, yams or flour cooked into porridge. When a meal consists of meat, the tradition requires that the men and the elderly receive the biggest portions. The men in the Angolan families make beer from honey and from such grains as maize or millet. They also make wine from the sap of certain kinds of palm trees. Usually, in most ethnic groups in the Angolan society, it is considered very impolite to refuse the food that is offered to you. This is considered a sign of disrespect. The tradition requires that the women are the ones who cook all the food and the men in charge with providing the beverages for the meal.

Cocada amerela recipe (from

Cocada Amarela
(Yellow Coconut Pudding)
Origin: Angola Period: Traditional

180g sugar
700ml water
2 whole cloves
1/2 coconut
6 egg yolks
ground cinnamon

Cut the coconut into easily manageable pieces and finely grate half of them. Combine this with the sugar, water and cloves and place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it boils continue to cook until the mixture reaches 230°C as measured on a confectioner's thermometer then remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks until they thicken then add 120ml of the coconut syrup and stir together. Pour this mixture into the saucepan and stir to combine. Return to the heat and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the pudding thickens enough to pull away from the sides and base of the pan. Allow the custard to cool, spoon into serving dishes then sprinkle with ground cinnamon and serve.


Wanderlust Scarlett said...

That sounds *SO* good!

I am glad that you wrote about this, I will find myself in Angola one day, and I will think back to this and find myself grateful that I am prepared with good manners... I will make no social faux pas, and I will -thoroughly- enjoy the meals served.

Hopefully I will get to try this one early to get some practice in!

Thank you!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

the walking man said...

Well written ECD, you had me in Angola for a minute or two.

One day the people of the African Continent will demand their due in the world culture, if the outside influences would remove themselves, I do believe it would be much quicker as opposed to later.

Thanks for the journey.



Janice Thomson said...

Enjoyed this tour of Angola. It's always interesting reading about another country's culture. We don't realize often just how lucky we are.