Despite what I may have tried to convince you earlier, the Beninese eat more than just rice with spicy tomato sauce. The variety of cuisines and flavors eaten in Benin doesn’t match the number of options we have in the US. But as I’ve gotten to know the lay of the land a bit better, I’ve come to see the beauty in eating in Benin.
The dish above includes, starting from the right: fried fish with sauce legume made from greens, ground pumpkin seeds, palm oil and other ingredients; minced raw scotch bonnet peppers; a hard boiled egg; a serving of pâte rouge (a form of polenta with tomatoes cooked in); and some couscous hiding at the top of the plate behind everything else. Yum.