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Obama touring Senegal, West Africa in June 2013

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Submitted by West Africa Cooks on Sun, 2013-06-16 20:05
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Obama addressed Ghana's parliament on his July 2009 trip to West Africa. Obama spend less than a day in the capital. The White House says this trip will focus on strengthening economic growth, democratic institutions, and African leadership. Well what about African food? Will Obama be trying the national dish in Senegal's capital Dakar?

Food for a President

Thiéboudienne or Ceebu Jën: The literal English translation of the dish “The Rice of Fish”. Dubbed as the national dish of Senegal, it comprises of flavour some fish that has been marinated with parsley, lemon, garlic, onions (amongst other herbs), and then later cooked with tomato paste and a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, and carrots. Rice is later added to the mix giving it a reddish look. It is said to resemble the Spanish dish paella, from the region of Valencia.

Desserts for Obama

Thiakry, a couscous pudding.
Cinq Centimes, the Five-Cent Cookie, a peanut cookie popular in marketplaces.

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