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1964: Bea Sandler

Bea Sandler is well known for her book The African Cookbook (first published, New York: World Pub. Co., 1970; re-published, Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1993). Her first work on African cookery was The African Cook Book (New York: Harvest House, 1964) which was a souvenir available at the African pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair in New York.


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Menus are from the Tree Houses Restaurant of the Pavilion of Africa, New York World's Fair 1964-1965. Recipes have been adapted for your culinary enjoyment at home.

by Bea Sandler

Pilli-Pilli Sauce

yield: 4 1/2 cups


  • 1 #2 1/2 can TOMATO SAUCE, use best quality (3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup LEMON JUICE, bottled
  • 1/2 cup WHITE ONION, very finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. CRUSHED RED PEPPER (Pilli-pilli)

KEEP refrigerated in covered container.

SERVE as a relish in a bowl.


1. When used with seafood add 1/4 cup grated horseradish. An excellent cocktail sauce.

2. Add 2 oz. (1/4 cup) dry red wine for a gourmet sauce for bland meats.

3. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh tomatoes as they do in some parts of Africa.


Pilli-Pilli is the little red hot pepper of Africa which graces most tables there. It is much like the crushed red pepper used to pep up Italian spaghetti and other continental dishes. Used as it is in Africa, we would find impossible for our tastes; yet with discretion, a small amount does add zing to many dishes.

Although we have toned it down by the addition of tomato sauce, lemon juice and onion, it is still necessary to use it with care.

Chicken Moamba

yield: 8 portions

In a one gallon pot that has a tight cover


  • 1/2 cup YELLOW ONIONS coarsely chopped in
  • 2 Tbs. PEANUT OIL until soft but not brown

ADD 2 2 & 1/2 lb. [two 2 and 1/2 pound] CHICKENS (fryers), cut in half and in half again --

COVER tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.

BLEND 12 oz. PEANUT BUTTER with 1 quart WATER.

POUR over the chicken when smooth and cook for 10 minutes.

SEASON 4 MEDIUM SWEET POTATOES, peeled and cut in half, with

  • 1 Tbs. SALT and
  • 1/2 tsp. BLACK PEPPER

ADD to the chicken and simmer for 15-30 minutes or until both done.

COOK 2 lbs., RAW SPINACH separately only until spinach breaks down and is still very green.
COOK 1 lb. WHITE RICE separately using package directions.

SIMMER 8 EGGS very gently until hard cooked. Peel.



  • 1/4 cup RICE on dinner plate.
  • 1 PEELED EGG at the side of rice,
  • 1/4 cup COOKED SPINACH
  • 1-2 Tbs. PEANUT BUTTER GRAVY over the chicken

SPRINKLE 1 Tbs. CHOPPED PEANUTS over the chicken and sweet potato.

SERVE CONDIMENTS in bowls at the side as follows:


Hot Avocado Soup

yield: 2 quarts

In a 3 quart saucepan,


ADD 2 pkg. WHITE SAUCE MIX (2 oz. pkg. ea.)

COOK over medium heat until broth thickens to cream soup consistency.

ADD 2 AVOCADO PEARS mashed to a pulp and

ADD 1/2 medium WHITE ONION (spanish) grated into the soup.

BRING to the boiling point and serve piping hot with

  • 1 Tbs. SOUR CREAM (or whipped cream) as a garnish and
  • 1 slice AVOCADO topping to the cream.

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