Burkina Faso
Independence from France came to Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) in 1960. Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand farm workers migrate south every year to Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Burkina Faso is slightly larger than Colorado. It has a tropical climate with warm, dry winters and hot, wet summers .


Mango Chutney - Condiments

6 large mangoes, not too ripe
1 cup cider vinegar
3 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cups raisins
1 cup water
1 lemon, ground whole
1 orange, ground whole
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. dry ginger or 1 inch ginger root, chopped
1/4 tsp. red pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. salt
juice of 5 limes
juice of 1 lemon
optional: apples, onions

Cook mangoes, vinegar, sugar and raisins until tender. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the lime and lemon juices. Simmer for one hour or more until well blended. Add lime and lemon juices. Taste. You make chutney to your own taste, so you may add onions, apples or any other condiment that strike your fancy. You may want to add more vinegar, depending on the kind you use. Makes three pints.

Spiced Lamb Balls - Main Course

1 cup Yellow Onions,
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Powdered ginger
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Crushed red peppers
1 tsp. Coriander, powdered
1 tsp. Salt
4 Tbs. Peanut oil
2 Ibs. Cooked Lamb
3 large Eggs
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs

Sauté onions chopped coarsely with cinnamon, ginger, garlic powder, coriander and salt in peanut oil until onions are soft but not brown. Cut lamb in 1-inch pieces and mix with the onion mixture. Put through the meat grinder once using a coarse blade. Blend: 3 large EGGS beaten lightly and 1/4 cup BREAD CRUMBS into mixture. Form into small 1-inch balls and dip in bread or cracker crumbs. Chill for 1 hour. Deep-Fat Fry at 375' until brown, about 4 minutes. Spear balls with toothpicks and place in a chafing dish. Serve with sauce of choice.