The Liberian Cake and Green Soup are peculiar to the people of Liberia. Liberia is a historic country almost outskirt West Africa’s central rainforest belt. The capital city of Liberia is Monrovia and one of the poorest countries in the world having just survived a serious civil war. Historically, the country was founded by some African slaves who gained freedom from America in the 19th century. Hence, the name “Liberia” was given to the land meaning “Land of the Free”. More so, among the countries in Africa, Liberia is one of the few that were not colonized.
Consequently, the dishes and cuisine of Liberia are regarded as a melange of influence. More so, Liberia is known to have a traditional way of baking. They produce their own palm oil and cook stews from forest greens. Being a tropical country, Liberia is characterized by a high rainfall and therefore a good region for rice farming. Other local products include drinks, such as ginger beer.
Below is a brief recipe for a typical Liberian dish; the Liberian Cake and Green Soup.
The Liberian Cake and Green Soup
- 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/4 tablespoon of ground mace
- 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon of ground allspice
- 1/8 tablespoon of cloves
- 150g butter
- 150ml milk
- 180g caster sugar
- 200ml golden syrup
- 240g plain flour
- 3/4 tablespoon of baking soda
- 4 eggs
- 60g lemon zest, finely grated
- 60g shredded coconut
- 90g seedless raisins, chopped
Cream the butter and sugar together until they become light and fluffy. Add the eggs one after the other and mix with the butter. Sift together all the dry ingredients and mix in the grated lemon zest. Fold everything into the butter mixture. Add some milk and syrup and stir until you achieve a uniform mixture. Add some fruits and coconut. Mold the mixture into 22cm springform cake tin and bake over a pre-heated 170°C for about 45 minutes or until the cake is completely set. Your Liberian Cake and Green Soup is almost ready.
Greens with Green Pepper
- 1 finely chopped garlic clove
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 120ml peanut butter
- 2 chopped ripe tomatoes
- 2 de-seeded and chopped green bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped
- 4 hot chili peppers pounded to a paste
- 900g greens (eg spinach, collard greens, cassava leaves, turnip greens, kale etc) de-stemmed and parboiled
- salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
To prepare this native dish, pour a handful of onion, chilies, garlic, and tomatoes together in a mortar and pestle and pound to paste. You may ignore the chilies if you wish.
Pour your oil into a large saucepan and heat your remaining chopped onion for some minutes before adding the chili paste and tomato. Leave the mixture to fry for about 5 minutes and then add greens and about 60ml of water. Reduce the heat and cover. After a while, add your peanut butter and stir in, add your seasoning and then reduce the heat as much as possible. Cook and stir until you achieve a smooth source. Serve hot with local dishes, such as Fufu.
We hope you will enjoy these delicacies local to the Liberians. Up Liberian Cake and Green Soup!