Day 9: Mozambican Chicken Peri Peri

Updated: Jan 25

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On day 9 we going to venture over to South Africa's neighbor Mozambique. Peri peri is more the Mozambican National Spice and so we did Mozambican Chicken Peri Peri with rice or quinoa consisting of chicken that is often served with a mildly spicy sauce. The meat is traditionally marinated in cumin, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, and "bird's eye" chilis, giving the chicken a unique flavor. It is then slow cooked with carrots, celery and onions. The name of the dish is a Portuguese translation of the Swahili phrase piri piri, meaning pepper pepper, referring to the spiciness of the dish.

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.

Between the first and fifth centuries AD, Bantu-speaking peoples migrated to present-day Mozambique from farther north and west. Northern Mozambique lies within the monsoon trade winds of the Indian Ocean. Between the 7th and 11th centuries, a series of Swahili port towns developed here, which contributed to the development of a distinct Swahili culture and language. In the late medieval period, these towns were frequented by traders from Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, and India.

The voyage of Vasco da Gama in 1498 marked the arrival of the Portuguese, who began a gradual process of colonisation and settlement in 1505. After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975, becoming the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. After only two years of independence, the country descended into an intense and protracted civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. In 1994, Mozambique held its first multiparty elections, and has since remained a relatively stable presidential republic, although it still faces a low-intensity insurgency.

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Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country's economy is based largely on agriculture, but industry is growing, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing and aluminium and petroleum production. The tourism sector is also expanding. South Africa is Mozambique's main trading partner and source of foreign direct investment, while Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Spain are also among the country's most important economic partners. Since 2001, Mozambique's annual average GDP growth has been among the world's highest. However, the country is still one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world, ranking low in GDP per capita, human development, measures of inequality and average life expectancy. The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, which is spoken mostly as a second language by about half the population. The influence of the portuguese has also influenced the cuisine and so we have our "Peri Peri" everything.

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Ingredients - serves 4

1 lbs Organic chicken 4 Organic carrots cut 2 Organic celery stalks 1 tsp Organic sea salt 1 tsp Organic pepper 1 tsp Organic sweet paprika 1 TBSP Organic mustard 1 TBSP Organic sriracha 1/4 cup Organic olive oil 1 tsp Organic turmeric 1 tsp Organic cumin 1 TBSP Organic honey 1/3 cup Organic bbq sauce 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 cup Organic onion 4 cloves Organic cloves garlic 1 Organic lemon juice

1 Organic lemon sliced 1 cup Organic low sodium curry broth

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