#121: Botswana – Seswaa

“So you’re saying I basically made a SteakUm?”- me “Yep. Cool. Grab me a bun!” – Matt

Needless to say, I wasn’t really setting out to make a steak sandwich, but here we are.

I told myself at the beginning of this project that I would even post the disasters. This shredded beef dish from Botswana, Seswaa, seemed incredibly straightforward. You take some cubed meat, some bay leaves, an onion and a lot of pepper and you add in some water and let this slow cook for a few hours. It seemed too simple but even when looking at multiple recipes, this seemed to be the truest to the original intent of this dish. So I followed the directions, but something went awry with the cooking time and the end result was incredibly tough meat that was far from easy to shred. So Matt found a bun and turned it into a steak sandwich. He was happy, but I was a bit disappointed in this flavorless dinner. But hey, to date I’ve only had a handful of complete fails so I can only chock it up to the process and learn from it.

Recipe I used: https://foreignfork.com/seswaa/

Overall Level of Effort: 1

Skill Level: Beginner

Would Make it Again? No

Additional Notes: I blame the toughness of the meat on a few things, the biggest factor being my lack of regular experience with a slow cooker. Since I used a smaller amount of meat than most of the recipes called for, and the range of cooking times ranged from 2-5 hours, I just missed the mark on this, trusting a bit too much in the slow cooker.

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