The first thing that passes my mind when I think of peanut butter is crunchy cookies, a salty balance for jam or the stuff that fills the center of gooey chocolates. Here in Ghana it becomes a staple for dinner. For something new, try Groundnut Soup (groundnuts are what we call peanuts).
salt and pepper, to taste
2 largeonions, finely chopped
4 large very ripe tomatoes or 13 ouncescanned tomatoes
6 1/2ouncescreamy peanut butter
3 1/2pintsboiling water
red chile, to taste
4 -8 mushrooms (optional)
1.Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water, peel off the skin and blend the flesh to a smooth juice. If using canned tomatoes, blend.
2.Put the peanut butter into a big bowl, add 3/4 pt. of the boiling water and use a wooden spoon or a blender to blend the peanut butter and water carefully together to form a creamy, smooth sauce.
3.Mix together the tomatoes, peanut butter mixture, red chilies and mushrooms.
4.Continue to simmer, stirring only occasionally to prevent the food sticking to the bottom of the pan. This is now the basic soup.
5.Pour the rest of the boiling water into the soup and simmer slowly on medium heat for 20 mins or so.