Treasure Trove

Now the dust has settled :), we can explore more about Jollof Rice - both a short history and the recent #JollofGate incident.
In the winter of 2010, I made whole wheat Argentine Empanadas. I served them with a fresh herb sauce, Chimichurri, and got many pats on the back! It is fascinating to see how everything we feel about life is (reflected) on the plate. Take Jollof Rice for instance– its popularity is assured offline and online as these twitter hashtags suggest – #JollofGang ,  #JollofIsLife,  #Jollofies,  #JollofNation,  #TeamJollof and the most recent, most controversial  #JollofGate. Jollof Rice - Essential to our ‘culture’. So it's important that West Africans at home and in the diaspora will take up arms to defend anything and everything about  it - its origin, preparation and by God, how it is served. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Nigerian Jollof StickRice Recipe Last Christmas: Smoky Stick Jollof Rice[/caption]

Jollof, definitions
Noun. Verb.
  1. of a red, spiced rice dish loved in every city and town ‘South of the Sahara’ and along the coast of West Africa. Synonyms: Djolof, Benachim (Gambia); Thiéboudienne (Senegal)
  1. to cook in a red, tomato-based sauce: ‘Jollof beans’ – a one pot dish of beans cooked in a rich tomato sauce. West African-speak.
  2. denoting a state of enjoyment: ‘see her, she’s jollofing’ (she’s enjoying herself and I’m not!). Nigerian-speak. Synonyms: enjoyment, pleasure