I like them because they’re so easy to cook and flavour. They’re not fussy, just peel, cut, put them in a pot with some water or stock and whatever else you want to use for flavouring and let simmer under low fire. Requires little stirring so it leaves me free to do other things.
I also like to mix them with potatoes and sweet potatoes. This time I just used sweet potatoes.
Onions, tomatoes and carrots are my basic additions every time I make matoke. I learned that from my Mother. This time I’m adding green pepper (I have the remnants of one in the fridge that are beginning to shrivel up), garlic, beans and some green onions.
I’ve never used green onions, I bought them for another dish I want to try but I don’t have all the ingredients for it yet. I tried them here first just to see what the flavour does to the matoke.
Now, the plan was I would fold in some beans once the matoke is cooked and make a side of vegetables (mchicha). But he walked in just when the matoke was ready and was too hungry to wait for me to finish up.
So this is what he had: Matoke with a side of beans! (^_^)
Did I mention this man does not like matoke? Yes ma’am! It was that good!