Côte d’Ivoire is a country in West Africa. Its official language is French because it was colonised by France. Côte d’Ivoire became independent in 1960. There are also many religions in Côte d’Ivoire such as Islam, Christianity and African religions.
Agriculture is very important for Côte d’Ivoire as it is the main source of its economical growth. There are many food products that are specific to Côte d’Ivoire but the main ones are yams, cassava, cocoa, coffee and rice. Cocoa is the biggest export of Côte d’Ivoire and 20% of the exports are cocoa.
These food products are used a lot in Ivorian diet. For example, there is a traditional dish called “Fufu” in Côte d’Ivoire. The ingredients of this dish is cassava and plantains. Since cassava is one of the main crops in Côte d’Ivoire, this shows that the Ivorians seems to use what they grow to cook their dishes. Another example is a traditional dish which is baked yams. Again, yams are one of the main crop Ivorians grow in Côte d’Ivoire, so the specific foods of the country are used in the country’s diet.
Kedjenou is one of the traditional local food in Côte d’Ivoire. In Côte d’Ivoire, there are many religions, such as African religions, Christianity, Islam and so on. For Muslims, there is a period of time in the ninth month of Islamic calendar called Ramadan. In Ramadan, people fast from sunrise to sunset. At the end of Ramadan, there is a ceremony called Eid al-Fitr and in this ceremony, there will be feasts, and Muslims sacrifice sheep, camel or an ox to the God. Kedjenou is a cuisine that is eaten in Eid al-Fitr as the feast at the end of Ramadan. This is meat and vegetable sauce. The recipe is from this source.
- 2 chickens, cut into pieces
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 6 tomatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 piece ginger root, peeled
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt, to taste
- Hot red pepper, to taste
- Put the chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and bay leaf in a casserole dish.
- Season with the salt and pepper.
- Put a lid on. The lid should be tight-fitting and thick so that the steam will not escape.
- Put the casserole on medium to high heat.
- When the ingredients start to simmer, turn the heat down to medium to low.
- Put the casserole away from the heat and do not remove the lid. Shake the casserole to stir the contents inside so it will cook evenly.
- Repeat this procedure every 5 minutes for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Place the contents of the casserole on a warm plate.
- Serve the dish with rice.
I think that the Ivorian diet is healthy because of several reasons. The first reason is because they use a lot of vegetables. There are many important nutrients in vegetables. As you can see from the recipe of the traditional dish, Kedjenou, there are many vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic and onions. The second reason is because it is traditional and made by hand. Ivorian diets do not have any factory made chemical or anything that is unhealthy for the body. The third reason is because of the balance. In Ivorian food, there are vegetables, meat and rice. These three things are very well balanced together. From these three reasons, I would say that he Ivorian diet is healthy.
I believe that our diet is influenced by our culture. Côte d’Ivoire was colonised by France before and this has influenced food products as well as way of eating. For example, the French wanted to increase the export of the country back when it was colonised and this led to the high export now with cocoa and tropical fruits.
To answer the question “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”, I think that it is important to eat good food in order to be healthy and fit. This is because if you keep eating food that it not do good, you body will not be healthy or fit. However by eating good food, your body will get nutrients and other important things for your body, making your body healthy and fit.
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