Cooking up West African dishes is a slight challenge. Yassa Poulet or a version of it seems to be the popular dish in this area. But since Tristan and Inigo loved the Yassa Poulet in Dakar, they decided for Senegal, Yassa it is! And to double up on their African cooking challenge, for Niger, Inigo insisted on Jojo Meatballs. The named intrigued him, and meatballs are a no-brainer for kids!
Lemon, onions and mustard were key ingredients to the Yassa marinade. Wondering how long the Yassa Poulet marinade need to rest, Tristan began prepping Inigo for the The Niger dish of Jojo meatballs was simple enough, that´s why Inigo was saying it needed to be properly flavoured. Salt, paprika, onions and garlic were added in, then extra pepper for a kick!
After a few hours, that´s the longest the boys could wait, the Yassa Poulet was ready to cook and Tristan did not waste time in patiently cooking each morsel of chicken. The lemony scent of the Yassa made his mouth water.
Inigo on the other hand was elbow deep in ground meat for the Jojo Meatballs prep. Cooking brings out the character of each individual. Inigo was the patient one, endlessly rolling pasta dough, kneading to perfection, shaping mini balls for various dishes. Tristan on the other hand was adventurous with the flavouring and spices, plating was key.
The combination of the two brothers is a recipe for success in the kitchen. Another delicious exotic meal without even leaving the kitchen! The adventure continues.