Our Newest Purchase

When we were in training in Bafia, our family had an old car wheel well that they used as a BBQ. They would put charcoal inside and add a grill-type cover to the top. While they used it to grill up unripe plantains, a staple you can find on any main road throughout Cameroon, we were excited to get a mini, yet very traditional, BBQ when we got to post.
Since arriving in Nkongsamba, we have seen many BBQs similar to the one our family had in Bafia. However, here, they are raised up on legs to be about waist height. We stopped by our local handyman on Friday afternoon and put in an order for a BBQ. He suggested a square one, and promised a grill piece to cook food on, and quoted 10,000 CFA, or $20. When in Cameroon, never accept the first price. We offered 8,000 CFA, or $16, and viola! Our BBQ was ordered.
We picked it up today, and we couldn’t be happier. It is perfect, small, which is what we wanted, and well constructed. I bought some charcoal in town, and we are all set to grill tomorrow night.
We will gladly accept any veggie grilling recipe favorites, as getting chicken or a decent cut of beef is quite the task. So, send over your favorite BBQ veggie recipes, s’il vous plait!

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3 comments
  1. Lynn said:

    Awesome grill! I take any or all of the following: onions, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, corn (on cob, cut into 1 1/2 inch rounds), large mushrooms, carrots, celery…. pretty much anything I have on hand and cut into the same size pieces. Marinade in any Italian dressing (oil, vinegar and basil, oregano, garlic, parsley) for 30-45 minutes. Then get a pan with holes as the veggies will fall through the grill and throw them on medium high heat. (Put the really soft stuff – mushrooms – on after hard veggies are nearly done) Yum

  2. Sweet! Can you get eggplant? If so, I have a simple way to grill it – slice it 1/4″ thick, sprinkle with salt and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. This sweats out the bitterness. Brush with olive oil (flavored with garlic if possible) and grill until lightly charred and not too soft.

    • mediafreakgodicon said:

      Karla – we are on a HUGE eggplant kick! We made it tonight for dinner and were going to try out the new grill, but, Nkongsamba had one of the biggest storms I have ever seen. We decided to stay inside and bread/fry it with some mashed potatoes. Not as healthy, but delicious and comforting with it monsooning like crazy outside! Thanks for the recipes guys – we will try them soon.
      Lynn – unfortunately we can’t get corn on the cob, it’s a bummer, but we will definitely be grilling up other veggies soon!

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