Check dried codfish for
saltiness. If very salty it may need to be soaked overnight, in
which case eliminate salt from recipe. Liberian soups are unlike
most soup dishes and are often a combination of meats, fish, and
vegetables ultimately combined in one pot. With less water they
may be served as main dishes. Other vegetables such as okra and
string beans may be added.
In a 1 gallon pot combine
stew beef, tripe, tomato paste, salt, red pepper, black pepper,
fresh tomatoes and 1 quart water. Simmer for one hour or until
meat is tender. In another 1 gallon pot combine onions and dried
codfish in 2 quarts water. Simmer until fish is tender. Combine
fish and meat and simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Debone 1 large
smoked fish (herring, mackerel, whitefish, etc.). Add to soup and
cook 10 minutes longer. Correct the seasonings to your taste.
Serve with rice or Foo-foo.
Yield : 3 quarts soup
country : Liberia
course : soup
source : The African Cookbook / Bea Sandler