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An oval platter topped with grilled peach, basil, and walnut salad

Grilled Peach, Basil, and Walnut Salad

If you’re looking for an easy-peasy but still impressive starter, look no further. This lush salad with caramelized, grilled peaches and tender lettuce couldn’t be more simple. Or tastier.

Two halves of a tuna salad sandwich stacked on top of each other with some sliced pickles on the side on a white oval plate.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna fish sandwiches can be made with so many variations that there’s a version for everyone. Hank Shaw walks you through a few of his faves.

A white plate topped with slices of fried plantains or ndizi kaanga and lemon wedges with a fork on the side.

Fried Plantains ~ Ndizi Kaanga

Like bananas foster. But better. Easier. And with a traditional Tanzanian lilt based on a recipe handed down by grandmothers, so you know it’s certain to be good.

A ceramic bowl filled with greens with tomatoes, or sukuma wiki.

Greens with Tomatoes ~ Sukuma Wiki

Sukuma wiki means “to stretch the week”—in other words, using affordable and readily available greens spiffed up with spices to help stretch any meal a little further.

Three pieces of mkate wa ufuta (Zanzibar sesame bread) with some sesame seeds sprinkled around it.

Zanzibar Sesame Bread ~ Mkate Wa Ufuta

We know what you’re thinking. Mkate what?! Yet once you try this unique and chewy, toasty, nutty, densely magnificent sesame flatbread from Zanzibar, you’ll be crooning about it to everyone who’ll listen.

A wooden serving plate filled with sliced tomatoes, red onion, and chopped cilantro.

Kachumbari Salad

Salsa masquerading as salad, this recipe for kachumbari (say it with us, ka-chum-bar-i) is from Kenya, not Mexico. Surprise!

A yellow and white bowl filled with mafe, Senegalese lamb stew, with a habanero pepper on the side and a bowl of salad next to it.

Mafe ~ Senegalese Lamb Stew

Mafe, a traditional Senegalese stew, is chockfull of chunks of lamb, butternut squash, root vegetables, and cabbage, all happy together in a peanut-tomato sauce.