Loin (loowahn, nasal n = far)
Our town is smallish in comparison to others, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in rich diversity.
This weekend we had the privilege of attending a traditional Malagasy lunch. We started off with a hot drink. It looks just like tea right?? I heard someone say it was almond tea and I thought it was quite good. I could really taste the nuttiness . . . .
Next we had a carrot, onion, ginger, green bean, cabbage salad in a curry vinaigrette.
Then two meat dishes, one chicken, one beef - both cooked to perfection in simple broths made with few spices. This was accompanied by white rice and the hottest pepper paste I've had to date. I'd bet it was made with piment oiseau, "bird pepper", which is spicier than the Cayenne and is often used in the Antilles.
It was all served with a tomato/onion/chives salad called rougail (rooj-eye) and finally, a very original dessert :
This is the typical meal in Madagascar, our hosts assured us. Apart from the rice water tea, I wouldn't mind having this meal again.