|This is what a mesab looks like|
Sadly missing is the colorful mesab, a handmade hourglass shaped wicker basket with a cone top that is used as a table to serve the meal. This is rather like a Chinese restaurant without chopsticks.
|Elda shows us how injer is made|
Our Bonna Anne Special arrives with a flourish. Elda brings a tray of single dishes of wats and a large flat basket holding the injer. She proceeds to tell us what each one is as she places them artistically on the bread.
Valerie and I have opted for the mildly spiced variety and are not disappointed. Even at this safe temperature the spices and flavors come through clear and crisp.
Our special includes:
- keywet, beef stew with diced onions, tomato, garlic and Ethiopian chili powder;
- minchet, minced beef sautéed in Bonna Anne special sauce with onions, tomato, pepper and Ethiopian butter;
- lamb tib, lamb stewed with Ethiopian spices and Bonna Anne special sauce;
- meser be sega, spiced lentils and ground meat stewed in a rich berber sauce, onion, garlic, ginger and Ethiopian butter;
- bosena shiro, ground chickpeas and ground meat simmered in Bonna Anne special sauce and spiced with Ethiopian butter;
- and pickled cabbage.