#122: Burkina Faso

Football, Snow and Turkey.

That is what I call the “Three Horsemen”! It’s the week before American Thanksgiving– and I would like to take this moment to inform all the people out there that it has finally snowed in Denver. It’s officially holiday season now. To be fair… it was minimal. It was a glorified dusting, but I am breaking out the remainder of the boots and coats and making coco. In my lab we had a Canadian exchange student this summer, and though we came to find out that Canada has thanksgiving in October, it seemed to shock and amaze her all of our Thanksgiving traditions here in the colonies. In particular, she (and so many others) are horrified at “black Friday” which mostly has moved to Thanksgiving Thursday. To help with the remainder of the confusion, I have found this article to illuminate your turkey day:


  • It’s on a Monday –> so no three day turkey coma. Sorry.
  • It’s in October
  • It’s not that big a deal to French provinces.
  • Not always turkey –> sometimes it’s chicken or ham

THE DINNER: WHOA GUYS!!!  I’m learning so many of the things! First off, I’m thrilled to find that there was a country I literally have never heard of (BTW, that was my very spot on Chris Traeger impression from Parks & Rec. It’s very good, you’ll have to take my word on it since you’re reading this). Incidentally, this not so tiny country in the horn of Africa gained independence from the French in 1960. Their food landscape, therefore, is obviously very French inspired because they’ve only been their own nation for about 50 years now. Apart from the typical things you see in French cuisine, I was saddened to find that Burkina Faso’s populace is mostly food insecure and the nation tops the list of the Global Hunger Index. All year, but particularly this time of year in the states, it is so important to donate time and food to local banks and outreach mission. We are so blessed here, but there is still a great need even in our country to provide meals to those that are starving. In this time of Thanksgiving, please know that it is us alone that make the change we wish to see in the world.

PSA over, we picked a drink for this nation! We haven’t done one of those in a while and this one is interesting. Jus de Bissap Rouge (sometimes called “Hibiscus sabdariffa“) translates to “Red Bitter Juice” more or less. The hibiscus is a native plant and the tea used from this infusion is thought to have healing properties. People with high blood pressure and Crohn’s disease often take advantage of this herb to alleviate their symptoms. Externally, compresses soaked in the infusion reduce edema, eczemas oozing, dermatoses as well as abscesses

Jus de Bissap Rouge Recipe: http://okra-cocoa.blogspot.com/2007/06/jus-de-bissap-rouge.html?m=1



Ease of prep and cooking: HALF a STAR out of five this meal!
Guys, this one is literally steeping tea. You add some nutmeg, vanilla and sugar and then bring it to a boil. It’s so simple. I wish I could assign no stars. The hibiscus flowers were found at a local natural grocery store– like Whole Foods. That might be the one item that is “tricky” to come by.

Best dish of all time scale: THREE and a HALF STARS out of five for Meal!!
So… it was tea. It’s hard to judge tea. On one hand, I thought it could be less sweet and more tart. On the other hand, my dad felt the opposite. I wanted this one to be a lot like “Lemon Zinger” from my very favorite Colorado tea house, Celestial Seasonings. It was not. It missed my mental mark somehow, through no fault of it’s own. It should be noted that we all drank it an sort of said “not…bad….” but there were no heartfelt musings about it either way. We left this one in the middle of the pack. I also think that if we had drank this in the midst of summer it might have come to different reviews. Timing is everything I guess.

I think we will be taking a “bye” week for the holiday and then be back at it for country #123!

To the Turkey!!
(the food not the country… we already covered the country in week #22 😉)

– L & K

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