Mindful Holiday Traditions: Mimi’s Sengalese Tchiakry
This season, in addition to our Magnifeco Holiday Gift Guide, we want to share more mindful ways to celebrate the holidays and asked some of our favorite people for their holiday traditions. Today, Mimi Plange shares her Senegalese Tchiakry (pronuced cha-kree) recipe.
I love African Food in general, especially Ghanaian and Senegalese food (though Ethiopian is pretty up there too)! But one of my favorite deserts is Tchiakry (Senegal’s Creamy Delight)! It can be made with Sour Cream instead of Condensed Milk and there are many variations, and some with Fruit! We like it plain and simple! And it always reminds me of visiting my husband/business partner, Ibrahim Ndoye’s family in Belgium and of the holidays. Here is my version. adapted from my beautiful and amazing sister-in-law Fanta Ndoye from Senegal.
- 1 Jar or 750g of Natural Plain 2% Yogurt
- 1/4 cup of Millet or Wheat couscous
- 1 can (300ml) of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tbsp of Nutmeg
- 1 Sachet of Vanilla Sugar
In a large bowl, put the couscous inside and cover
with about 120ml of boiling water. Cover for about 20 minutes.
In another bowl mix the Yogurt, Vanilla Sugar, Nutmeg,
and Sweetened Condensed Milk together until it is all nice,
smooth and creamy.
Check the couscous to make sure it is tender, or add more boiling
water and wait a bit longer.
Once the couscous/millet has cooled, blend it into the Yogurt mixture
till you get the consistency you want. We like it thick and creamy!
Then place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour!
Guided by the principle she refers to as “The Democratization of Luxury”, Mimi Plange creates clothes that are very much inspired by the modern American luxury sportswear tradition, with an infusion of dark romance and aimed at the new, international and democratically-minded luxury consumer. Africa remains a limitless font of inspiration for the Ghanaian-born designer, who constantly seeks out the unusual and the lyrical found in African traditions, landscapes and lore, and reinterprets these themes in a refreshingly modern way. Mimi Plange launched her own ready-to-wear label in 2010, after a decade working in the New York fashion industry. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Last year, she took part in the Celebration of Design Event hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House. Mimi Plange’s designs have been worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens, Serena Williams, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Michelle Trachtenberg and Janelle Monae, and many more amazing women across the globe. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue.com and more.
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