1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
This includes trying some local varieties for the first time and also re-trying some that I didn’t particularly love the first time around, such as mad and cashew apples. If you haven’t yet made friends with the limes from the Casamance, the dark pink grapefruit or the little potent piment pepper bursting with flavor – 2013 is the year to do so!
2. Try lots of new lotte recipes.
At 3,500cfa/kilo, lotte (monkfish) fillets are about the best deal out there. They’re half the price of chicken breasts, but equally versatile and easy to cook. Plus, Abdou will deliver them fresh to your door. Score.
Grilled lotte brochettes are a favorite at our house. I also use the fillets in fish tacos with cilantro tartar sauce (yum!), fish with tomato, olive and Tuscan lemon sauce over pasta and baked cornmeal-crusted fish.
See? Very versatile. So time to branch out even further! Any ideas?
4. Be thankful.
The American food scene in Dakar has absolutely exploded in the last two years! While doing our regular grocery shopping, we can now buy Dr Pepper, cake mixes, cranberry juice, yellow mustard and canned black beans at the Hypermarché on the VDN. Oh, and cheddar at City Dia, of course. Plus, there’s Dior Diarama (Fritos!) and Food Store & Equipments to round it all out.
5. I’ll have… that one.
I love yassa. I love ceebu jenn. Both are delicious and I eat them whenever I can. But in 2013 I want to try more Senegalese dishes. Sure, I won’t love-love them all (hello, soupukandia!), but I really need to try a couple versions of thiou, kaldo, dahine, etc…
What other resolutions would you suggest?