Our Côte d’Ivoire meal consisted of Smoked Turkey with Egusi Sauce, West African Shrimp Avocado Boats, brown rice, plantain chips and Fruit Salad Cote d’Ivoire. Eguisi sauce is pureed pumpkin seeds, onion, garlic and tomato paste mixed with cooked diced up turkey thigh. We ate this over brown rice. It was good with a little bit of a nutty taste. The Shrimp Avocado boats were tomato and mayonnaise mixed with diced shrimp in avocado halves. I really liked it. Tasted a little like creamy cocktail sauce to me. Rob was not a fan. The fruit salad was just mango and pineapple with coconut flakes. A healthy dessert option.
As you can see in our first picture, we decide to hang the flags of all the countries we have cooked around our dining room. The geek in me gets super excited about these things. I love it!
Our Lady of Peace basilica is in Yamoussoukro, capital of the Ivory Coast. It is said to be the largest church in the world. Les Cascades de Man is a natural waterfall in Man and looks beautiful.
There are over 3 million Senufo, the majority living in Ivory Coast. The traditional Senufo religion is a type of animism, “the belief that all natural phenomena, including human beings, animals, and plants, but also rocks, lakes, mountains, weather, and so on, share one vital quality—the soul or spirit that energizes them”. They believe in a Supreme Being, who is viewed in a dual female-male: an Ancient other, Maleeo or Katieleo, and a male Creator God, Kolotyolo or Koulotiolo.
The Boloye, the dance of the Panther Man, is a dance of rejoicing performed while dressed in costumes that represent the skin of a panther.