Giant African Bullfrog...
African Pygmy hedgehog (I r-e-a-l-l-y want one of these!! I may have to knit that hedgehog pattern I've favored a couple dozen times)
our 'theme' got a little loose after these guys...
Capybara (he lives in South America)...
the legless lizard is European...a real party animal; he wanted to join the fun in the worst way
Toucan....not sure why he got invited; I guess we needed a feathered friend...
Boa constrictor....he's South American, too
he gave out free massages....
By the time we got to the Egyptian fruit bat, the light had faded and the mosquitoes were out in full force. We needed at least a dozen more bats to combat the feeding frenzy going on....DEET didn't touch the rampage. One other guest (also type O) and I probably served as the mosquito repellant for the rest of the group. (I'm one big itchy bite...who can sleep???...the reason I'm posting this at 4 am!)
This was our dinner club this year. I figured if we had entertainment the pressure was off in the cooking department....smart thinking on my part since I was off at that cabin knitting when I should have been cooking! Our 'theme' was African safari, but I had only a certain number of animals from which to choose, so it became more of a world-wide encounter. Much fun had by all. (Some more than others...see the snake photo above!)
We ate a lot of fruit and veggies when we visited Kenya, so that was the bulk of my meal. (hee, hee.....simple supper!!!) But I did make an African Peanut Soup that got good reviews. Thought you might like the recipe:
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 2 (15 oz) cans coconut milk
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 c diced celery
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 4 c chopped sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 c chopped tomatoes (I used canned, smooshed ones)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 large can black beans
Cook all ingredients until vegetables are done. Remove about a cup of liquid, place in a bowl and add 3/4 c of crunchy peanut butter and stir until creamy. Return the mixture to the pot and cook for an additional 5 minutes....or in my case---through the entire animal presentation.