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The Eden farmers and their families mix the cooked Maerua crassifolia leaves with crushed peanuts, decorate with an onion and sell it in the village. There is a lot of money to be made this way, because the meal is good!

And so when making one of the two casseroles I was going to serve with the Boscia senegalensis grains a few nights ago, I did my very own take on the choice of ingredients favoured by the Eden farmers, and hence the name of the casserole: Sauce de Tanout. Here’s the recipe!


Sauce de Tanout Solar Cooker Recipe (4 persons)

Mix the following ingredients:

6 dl of precooked Maerua crassifolia leaves
6 chopped tomatoes
3 dl of unprocessed groundnuts
1 chopped onion
1 stock cube


Place in a black casserole and set out in the solar oven for at least 3 good hours of Nigerien sunshine.


Take out and mix with 1 dl of peanut butter.


Serve with solar cooked Boscia senegalensis grain, and you’re ready to enjoy!

Once you’ve consumed this very tasty meal which has actually turned out to be a new favorite of mine, remind yourself that what you just ate is considered famine food by people who have never tasted it themselves but who assume it must be inedible since it hasn’t made it to the top 20 of the 78,000 available edible foods in the world.