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Afro Fusion Cuisine

Sunday, November 03, 2013

About a month ago, I received a message from fellow Wisconsin foodie, Yollande of Afro Fusion Cuisine, asking if I was interested in testing out a few of their spices and sauces and blogging about my findings.  Being that this would be a great way both to experience some new flavors and to spread the word about a great local business, I gladly said yes.

So before we get into my findings, here's a brief summary about Afro Fusion Cuisine:

  • Who?  Yollande Tchouapi Deacon and staff.
  • What?  Afro Fusion offers homemade spice blends, sauces, marinades, recipes, publications, crafts, fashion accessories, along with culinary services that all showcase African and Caribbean influences.  
  • Where?  In addition to being available online, products can be found in the greater Milwaukee area.  As of recent, Afro Fusion Cuisine products are being sold at Outpost Natural Foods stores, Metcalfe's Market in Wauwatosa, Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee, Cermak Fresh Market, and Sendik's Food Market in New Berlin.

With quite the variety of flavor profiles available, I was curious what I would be given.  Well, a few weeks ago the wait was over after finding a package on my doorstep with Yollande's name on it.  It contained two of their most popular products:

  1. Mama Cita All Purpose Seasoning, which is best used on vegetables, tofu, meats, poultry, and seafood, along with
  2. Mama Deacon Original Jerk Sauce & Marinade, which is best used with dinner starters, crostinis, stir fries, soups and stews, marinades, and dipping sauces.
I spent the next few days researching both recipes on their website along with several other sources.  Since I have little to no experience with the cuisine, I ultimately decided to give a twist to something I knew well, rather than start off with a complete, authentic African dish for my first attempt.  May I present to you my Afro Fusion Pizza:

I started off by making two pizza crusts with my favorite pizza dough recipe and included some of the All Purpose Seasoning right in the dough.  For the sauce, I thought it'd be interesting and appropriate to use the Jerk Sauce rather than a pizza sauce.  And for the toppings, I noticed that tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onions showed up in many recipes, so why not sauté them with some All Purpose Seasoning?  Add some freshly sliced mozzarella and red pepper flakes, bake for a couple minutes at high heat, and you've got yourself an Afro Fusion influenced meal!  The sauce was very sweet, but had much more depth than a typical BBQ or jerk sauce typically has, and the vegetables had a nice garlic and onion flavor that complimented the rest of the dish.  After seeing what these two products were like, I'm now eager to see what else Afro Fusion has to offer!

If you're interested in experimenting with new flavors and/or want to learn more, check out Afro Fusion's product at their Milwaukee-based locations, their website, and/or their facebook page for recent updates.

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