I have been waiting for a month or two to make this recipe. When I was doing my initial research for the world cooking challenge a recipe from Lesotho caught my eye, but tangerines have only just come into season. Now that they have, it’s time to cross off another one of the lesser known countries.
The food of Lesotho shares a lot in common with many other countries south of the Nile. At some point I will need to make pap, ugali or fufu, but I want to leave those until I have crossed off more countries from this region. Until then, I found something a bit different to do for Lesotho. I will cook food from a larger African nation at some point, but those can wait until later – let’s have some soup.
Whenever someone online does the whole ‘cooking around the world’ thing, and it’s their time to cover Lesotho, they all seem to gravitate to this soup. A soup whose principle ingredients are tangerine and spinach. Yes, I know, it sounds a bit weird to have this as a combination. However, spinach and lemon juice go very well together – so I figured that this would be a slight extension of that pairing… just in the form of a soup.
There are a number of versions of butha-buthe out there, but I went for the recipe posted by International Cuisine. I love her blog and will be looking to her for a whole lot more inspiration as this challenge continues on. Also, in the recipes, I really trust her portion sizes.
This soup is such a good and fresh dish for the summer (which is when I’m writing this, during a heat wave in July). The slight earthiness of the turmeric and spinach work surprisingly well with the sweet acidity of the tangerines. Topped with a nice dollop of yoghurt and served with a side of crackers (rosemary crackers from my local supermarket) then you have a quick and different dinner.
From Southern Africa to South America as I take on possibly the best sounding sandwich that I have ever heard of. No, it isn’t the Cuban sandwich (although I might end up doing that one later), but I will be temping my tastebuds with one of Uruguay’s national dishes. Maybe two. I feel the need to bake some cake.