So beanage is a new word that I use to call this new vegetarian sausage I mad from beans. It is not only delicious but it’s a great way to play with this popular Zimbabwean delicacy. A pack of beans costs around $50 RTGS which is a bit affordable considering the high price of meat (must be hard being an omnivore huh?). So here is how I make beanage.
You will definitely need:
a chopping board
Your favorite beans (I used sugar beans)
Favorite vegetables – carrots, onions, green pepper etc.
herbs and spices
1 or 2 eggs
1/2 cup of flour
How it’s made:
Firstly boil the beans until they are super soft and mash them into a thick paste and add the herbs and spices.
In a pan, heat the oil and fry the vegetables and tomatoes to make that nice Zimbabwean soup we all love,
Add the bean paste to the soup and when it’s properly cooked, put aside to cool.
Add flour slowly until you have a thick dough
Heat oil for deep frying
Beat the two eggs in a small bowl.
Shape the dough like a sausage , dip it in the egg and add to the frying pan. Repeat.
And that is how you make beanage. If you do try the recipe be sure to tag me on IG @passionvictimblog or let me know in the comment section.
I have noticed that the only way sweet potatoes are prepared in Zimbabwe is by boiling them. This is why I have decided to share one of the many ways to prepare them which is – frying them. So here is what you will need.
Make sure you have:
a cutting board
a food dish
Sweet Potato Fries – Mbambaira
One tablespoon of oil
Peel your sweet potatoes, cut them into equal strips (the fries shape lol) and soak them in the dish with water for 30 minutes or more depending on how patient you are. This is to remove the starch.
Preheat your oven.
Mix the chips with your favorite herbs and spices, not forgetting the salt.
Mix with oil
Put them in the oven and remove when they look something like the picture below.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have officially been a vegetarian for a full year now and soon I will be a vegan, hopefully following a plant based diet religiously. The journey has been an uphill battle. When I transitioned I thought that I would be easy and my meals were going to be amazeballs. One year later and I can count the number of decent meals I can actually count the number of times I have eaten a proper vegetarian meal.
Let me get to the facts.
Most Events Do Not Ask About Diet Preferences
It’s Hard To Eat Decently Away From Home
Vegetarian Meals Are Expensive
At least those are the challenges that I have faced so far. Visiting people has also become a huge challenge because you get to a place and they want to prepare a huge meal for you but since we are African, a buffet is not a buffet without plenty of meat and that is something I am tired of going through. I have tried so many times to tell people that I do not eat meat and it’s honestly just a personal choice but I still have people trying to force me back to that same space I am trying to transition from. So do not expect me to be visiting anytime soon.
I go through the same thing at school. It even got worse when I tried talking to them about my diet preferences and they gave me “vegetarian” food that almost killed me. Anyone who know me knows I am quiet and I do not confront people when they do me dirty but if you are reading this and you ever want to invite me over. Please try to make a vegetarian meal.