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Piri Piri Chicken

Mozambican Entree



6 garlic cloves
6 piri piri chiles (or Thai chiles)
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
7 tablespoons olive oil
3½ pounds boneless chicken parts, skin on


outdoor grill
meat thermometer (You really do need this. There is a huge range of times needed to grill the chicken depending on your grill and the size of the chicken breasts.

Serves 6. Takes 15 minutes preparations 12 hours marinating, and another 30 at the grill.


Mince garlic cloves and chiles. Add all ingredients except chicken to large mixing bowl. Stir with whisk or fork until well blended. Add chicken parts. Mix with fork until chicken is well coated. Cover and let marinate in fridge for 12 hours or overnight. Keep marinade.

Place chicken on grill skin side up. Grill chicken on outdoor grill for 15 minutes using low-medium heat. Flip chicken parts over and grill for another 10 minutes. Baste every 10 minutes with reserved. Check heat with meat thermometer after 20 minutes of grilling. Chicken breasts should have an internal temperature of 165-to-170 degrees.)


1) “Sugar, Sugar” was big hit song for the Archies in 1969. The song “Piri Piri” was not a hit song for the Chickens in 1976. The Chickens had the great bad luck to form in the start of a nasty civil war Fellow Mozabicans simply didn’t have the money to buy records. And all the radio stations were monopolized to provide propaganda for the warring sides.

2) Piri Piri reunited in 2012. They played minor gigs in Mozambique, when by sheer good luck they landed a concert date in Wrigley Field, Chicago for November 3, 2016. Unfortunately, everyone was watching the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 and so, no one showed. I’m happy to report though, that the group has landed a permanent engagement at the South Pole’s research station where the saying “Party all night” really means something.

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Potato Croquettes

Worldwide Entree



4 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup flour
1/2 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon imitation bacon bits
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (or Romano)
2 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

makes about 20 1″ x 3″ croquettes


electric skillet


Add mashed potatoes, flour, parsley, bacon bits, pepper, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Mix with hands. Shape mixture into 1″ by 3″ logs. Dip logs in eggs, then roll logs in bread crumbs.

Add oil to skillet and heat to 375 degrees. Add logs to skillet. Fry at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or until logs are golden brown on all sides. Turn frequently. (Be careful of hot oil.) You most likely will need to cook in batches. Drain croquettes on paper towels.


1) The croquette is truly a worldwide dish, with countries everywhere adding different ingredients such as potatoes, bacon bits, beef, chicken, lamb, crab meat, shrimp, nutmeg, tomato sauce, curry, tuna, veal, rice, kidneys, peanut satay sauce, cabbage, sauerkraut, pork, piri-piri sauce, cod, salmon, mackerel, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, and eggs.

2) About half the people you talk to about croquettes will mention croquet, that game played with mallets and balls on lawns. Half won’t. Don’t let it worry you. It’s all programmed into our genes. When humanity spilled out of Africa millennia ago, the people who turned left developed the need to talk about croquet whenever croquettes are mentioned. Those who turned right never did.

3) Debate rages at the United Nations over croquettes. Many believe we should strive for one global croquette and be as one. Others claim croquette diversity enriches our lives. A third group eats all the croquettes while the first two factions argue.

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Chicken Zambezia From Mozambique

Mozambiquean Entree



3 cloves garlic
4 hot red peppers
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt

5 chicken breasts


If you are pressed for time, omit the 2 hours of marinating.

The first 6 ingredients make up the fixings for chicken piripiri sauce (Piripiri sauce is the national sauce of Mozambique and is modified slightly for each meat or main ingredient.) Mince garlic and hot red peppers. Combine garlic, red pepper, brown sugar, coconut milk, parsley, and salt in large mixing bowl.

Put chicken breasts in mixing bowl. Turn chicken around until they are coated with piripiri sauce. Put bowl in refrigerator and marinate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees using broil setting. Put coated chicken breasts on grill in oven Put pan underneath coated chicken breasts to catch dripping piripiri sauce. Broil for 20 minutes, basting chicken with piripiri sauce 4 times, once every 5 minutes. Turn chicken breasts over. Again, broil for 20 minutes, basting chicken with piripiri sauce 4 times, once every 5 minutes.

5 minutes before chicken is ready, warm remaining piripiri sauce in saucepan on low-to-medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove chicken breasts from oven. Ladle warmed piripiri sauce over chicken breasts. Play Bob Dylan’s Mozambique and enjoy.


1) The song “Mozambique” began as a game with Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy trying to make as many rhymes for “ique.”

2) They wrote this song in 1975. Time to update it to pay homage to the culinary greatness of my hometown.

3) I like to spend some time in my Poway.
The local food is on display
All the diners love amore
It’s very nice to eat good pêche flambé
And maybe sip some Chardonnay.

Our long stop lights in Poway
Give plenty time to eat all day.
And everybody wants to dine they say
And treat our sweethearts to Chik-Fil-A.
The Muzak the speakers blast and play? Georges Bizet!

It’s very nice to sup consommé
When made from the seeds of caraway.,
Eating well-done steak with plum puree.
Flown all the way from Mandalay.

And though it’s time for leaving Poway.
You stop once more in that café.
Your body needs coffee from Paraguay
and maybe some dessert. What’s great you say
Chef Paul recommends his own Crème brulee!
From the hot ovens of his old Poway

– Chef Paul


My cookbook, Eat Me: 169 Fun Recipes From All Over the World,  and novels are available in paperpack or Kindle on

As an e-book on Nook

or on my website-where you can get a signed copy at:

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