We are back to Africa for tonight's Olympic Food Challenge, Sudan to be precise. I'll admit that I didn't do much research into the cuisine of Sudan. This because the first site that appeared after my google search had a full three course meal, serving suggestions and a potted history of Sudan.
I decided not to go the whole hog and cook all three courses. We try not to eat too much during the week. Instead we focussed on the main course Maschi, or Tomatoes Stuffed with Beef. Unlike the stuffed tomatoes of the 70's these required a little bit of patience as they need to remain intact so hacking the top off was not an option. I cut a slit in the side wall of each tomato and, using a grapefruit spoon*, I scooped out the contents. The toms were then filled with a mixture of minced beef, rice and fresh dill.
The stuffed tomatoes were then baked with a tomato and cinnamon sauce. I was unsure of the dill and cinnamon combination but I'm happy to report that it works. The Sudanese meal planner suggested a carrot and cabbage salad with parmesan cheese as the side dish. After fourteen days of quite rich and heavy food, I was more than happy with a salad. We went for a green salad, including yet more tomatoes and some bread.
Sudan managed to win a silver medal in Men's 800m at the last Olympics in Beijing. So far they have not managed to repeat their success. We will be repeating the Maschi in the future, so I hope they can take solace in that.
*what else would you use?