Thriller Foods – Mozambique

When Valentine Vermeulen hunts down the folks who defraud the United Nations, he needs a break every so often. Those breaks usually involve eating a meal. Vermeulen is known to complain about the bad food he often has to put up with. Airports, low rent hotels, shoddy fast food places, you name it. Occasionally, though, he does get to partake of the cuisine of the country he visits. In Illegal Holdings he gets several chances to taste authentic Mozambican food. Early on, he asks Aisa Simango, the executive director of Nossa Terra, for a good place to eat. She directs him to a place by the harbor that has “the best piripiri prawns in the...

REV. ERYK’S EAST TEXAS GUMBO

Everybody should have their own gumbo recipe. I lived in New Orleans for a Lost Summer. I’ve had plenty of gumbo, mostly trolling bars late at night, needing something cheap to fill my belly for another round of rabble-rousing. However, since I am from East Texas, it’s in my blood to infuse spicy bold flavors into my version of the Louisiana classic. A bottle of hot sauce usually accompanies the N’awlins version, but you won’t need that with mine. For example, their “trinity” is onion, bell pepper, and celery. I substitute jalapeno and habanero for bells, and instead of andouille, I’m a big fan of...