Friday, November 12, 2010

Jewish Homeland?

On this day in 1938, Hermann Göring proposed making Madagascar “the Jewish homeland” and forcibly relocating the Jewish population of Europe to the island off the coast of Africa. Oddly enough, the idea had originally been proposed by Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, who in contemplating “alternative homelands” considered a number of far-flung locations such as Madagascar, Kenya, and British Guyana.

This recipe called Akoho misy Sakamalao (chicken with ginger and garlic) is a Malagasy specialty. Somewhat ironically, its often served on Christmas.

Akolo misy Sakamalao
(Chicken with Ginger and Garlic)

One chicken cut into pieces (remove the skin if you prefer)
2-inch piece fresh ginger root, grated
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons oil

Rub the ginger and garlic into the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with a little salt.
Place the oil in a large frying pan and gently cook chicken on low heat until done, . Test to make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with cooked rice, a Madagascar staple.

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