A lesson in Culture

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About a month ago our church held a missions conference luncheon. Everyone was asked to bring an ethnic dish to share, and I naturally wanted to make something Kenyan. (I think people expected that I would do that too, because many people asked what I made.) After a little Google search, I found Curry of Beef Kenya at http://www.cdkitchen.com. It was perfect because I had all the ingredients already and it was cooked in a slow cooker.

That Sunday, I placed the slow cooker on the Africa table with all the other stuff that looked less-than-appealing to me. (I thought the Central American table looked the best with all the Mexican dishes…I guess it’s too bad God isn’t calling us to Mexico.) I got the boys and Aaron their plates, and then I finally got myself some food. My slow cooker was empty. Nobody in the family got to try it, but we heard that it was good. Aaron requested that I make it for dinner sometime. I wasn’t too eager since curry isn’t one of our favorite spices.

Well, tonight was the night. I put everything in the slow cooker this morning. The smell of curry beef filled the house all day. I must admit that it smelled delicious and I was anxious to try it. The timer went off 6 and a half hours later. I added apple chunks, raisins, and pineapple chunks and set the timer for another 30 minutes. Then, I cooked up some rice and steamed some sugar snap peas. (The peas were a back up plan. I knew the boys would eat that if nothing else.) As I was spooning the rice and curry of beef into our bowls, I commented to Aaron, “I wonder how many complaints we’re gonna get about this.”

To my surprise, they loved it. And so did I! The curry isn’t overpowering, and the beef is super tender. I will definitely make this again, and maybe try a different variety of fruits. I loved the combination that I used this time, but I’m curious how pears and dried cranberries would taste. When Noah found out that it was a Kenyan recipe, he got excited and asked for seconds. Maybe Kenyan food won’t be so bad. I’m super glad I have adventurous eaters, and I highly recommend the following recipe.

Curry of Beef Kenya

1 large onion, sliced

1 tsp curry powder

2 Tbsp oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

2 lbs beef stew meat (1/2″ cubes)

2 cups beef broth

2 cups fruit

hot cooked rice

Saute onion and curry powder in oil over medium heat until onion is soft. Remove onions from pan. Increase heat to medium-high and brown beef. To crockpot, add onions, beef, salt, pepper and broth. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours.

About 1/2 hour before serving, add fruit. Serve over rice. You can add condiments (like chutney, chopped peanuts, green onions) if you’d like.

Serves 6.

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3 responses »

  1. Sounds yummy! I just learned that the next global children’s forum will be held in Nairobi in April 2013. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go yet but would love to see you there:-).

  2. kyle and i are not curry fans,either, but if you say it is good, then i’ll have to try it–it looks pretty easy to make, so that’s alway good! đŸ™‚

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