Jollof Rice The West African ‘paella’, this meat and rice dish is the ultimate one pot wonder. Firstly decide whether you are in the mood for chicken or beef – both are equally delicious. For four servings, boil 500g of diced stewing beef for approximately one hour in salted water (half the time for chicken). Fry some chopped onions (roughly three big onions per 500g of meat) in a large saucepan until brown. Then, add a few tablespoons of tomato purée to the onions. Once well-cooked into the onions, add a tin of chopped tomatoes. Cook until you have a thick sauce and season with dried red pepper (paprika can also substitute). When the meat is ready, add it to the sauce with half of the cooking stock. Wash four cups of white long grain rice (this removes excess starch) and add to the pot. Cook on a medium heat for about an hour, stirring every fifteen minutes or so to avoid the meat sticking to the base. Serve with steamed carrots or spinach. Fried Plantain Wonderful as a starter or in place of potatoes for your main course. Similar to bananas in appearance, plantains are more robust, with a thicker skin. Try to get green plantain and allow them to ripen in your kitchen for two days or so (do your best to recreate a tropical environment to make them feel less homesick by placing them in a sunny and warm spot by a window). Peel and slice the plantain into 2cm thick pieces. Season the slices with some salt and ginger, and fry in very hot oil. Cook the plantain until it is a deep, golden brown. Drain off excess oil using a piece of kitchen paper. You can then eat the pieces as they are, or serve with chutney to dip. Bags of plantain chips can also be found in African food shops for an equatorial twist on Taytos. Chilli Pepper SauceA spicy accompaniment to cooked chicken, salmon, turkey or red kidney beans. Fry some chopped onions until golden. Chop some chillies into small chunks and add to the onions. Fry until well cooked. Then add a little tomato puree to bring the sauce together. Simples.“Ma onko” – as they would say in Fanti, a Ghanaian tribal dialect; tuck in!