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Boulettes de Poisson
- Onion, chopped -- 1
- Chile peppers, chopped (optional) -- 1 to 3
- Parsley, chopped -- 1/2 bunch
- White fish fillets, chopped -- 2 pounds
- Bread crumbs -- 1/2 cup
- Water or milk -- 1/4 cup
- Salt and pepper -- to season
- Oil for deep frying
- Oil -- 3 tablespoons
- Onion, finely chopped -- 1
- Chile peppers, minced (optional) -- 1 to 3
- Garlic, minced -- 2 to 3 cloves
- Tomatoes, chopped -- 2 cups
- Tomato paste -- 2 tablespoons
- Water -- 2 cups
- Salt and pepper -- to taste
- Add the onion, chiles and parsley to to a food processor or large mortar and process until smooth. Add the fish and continue to process until smooth and pasty. Remove to a bowl.
- Stir the bread crumbs and water or milk together in a small bowl, then stir into the fish mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
- Using oiled hands, form the fish mixture into golf ball-sized balls and set them on a tray.
- Heat the oil in a deep fryer or around 1-inch deep in a large pot to around 365°F. Add a few of the fish balls and deep fry, turning often, until golden brown on the outside. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining fish balls. Set the fish balls aside.
- For the sauce, heat the 3 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium flame. Add the onion, chiles and garlic and saute until the onion is cooked through and translucent. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the water and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 4 or 5 minutes.
- Stir the fish balls into the tomato sauce and simmer another minute or two. Adjust seasoning and serve over rice pilaf or ceebu jen.
- Use any type of hot chile pepper you like. Habanero or Scotch bonnet peppers work well. Eliminate the peppers if you don't like spicy food.
- Africans love Maggi® seasoning. Stir a crushed Maggi cube or a fish or chicken bouillon cube into the fish ball mixture for extra flavor.
- The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, covers an area the size of Western Europe and is home to the second largest rainforest on the planet. Only the Amazon rainforest is larger.
- Congo rainforests have been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, first by hunter-gatherer peoples such as the Batwa, Bafoto and Bambuti ‘Pygmies’, and later by agricultural communities including the Bantu peoples.
- The logging of Congo’s most ‘productive’ forests would affect up to 40 million people - 70 percent of DRC’s population – who depend on the forests for at least part of their livelihoods.
- Rare, fascinating and endangered species -- chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, bonobos, okapi and white rhinos– inhabit the Congo rainforests. Some of these are found nowhere else on Earth.
- Despite a government ban since 2002, Congolese officials have handed out 15 million hectares in new logging permits – an area about the size of England
FBI officials said a search of his bag uncovered more than 10 other boarding passes in various names that were not his. He had two additional bogus passes in his pocket, sources said.
Noibi has been charged with being a stowaway on Virgin America flight 415 but he is not being charged under any terrorism or homeland security laws, sources told CBS News.
Noibi told authorities he found an unused pre-printed boarding pass on a New York City subway the day before the flight, according to a law enforcement source. FBI officials said the boarding pass, carrying a different name, had been issued for a Virgin flight that flew Thursday from New York to Los Angeles.
Authorities contacted the man whose name was on the pass and he said he had the document in his back pocket on the subway but found it missing when he got to the airport.
TSA agents at airport checkpoints are required to match boarding passes with passenger IDs, like driver's licenses. That apparently didn't happen in this case and TSA officials are investigating to find out how the lapse occurred.
Aboard the L.A.-bound plane, a flight attendant questioned Noibi after seeing him sit in preferred seating that should have been unoccupied, sources said. After asking for his identification, Noibi produced a University of Michigan photo ID with his name on it. The flight attendant notified the captain who called ahead to authorities in Los Angeles who were waiting for Noibi when the flight arrived.
His arrest four days later came after he attempted to board a Delta flight to Atlanta with an outdated boarding pass. The airline gate agent turned him away telling him that his boarding pass was invalid and he would have to straighten out the situation at the ticket counter. A Border and Customs Protection agent heard him insisting on getting on the flight and pulled him aside for questioning. He was then taken into custody and charged for the previous incident on Virgin America.
TSA officials said Noibi never presented a threat to Virgin America 415. While he boarded the flight with an invalid pass, he still went through passenger screening designed to find weapons and explosives.
Law enforcement sources told CBS News there is no indication Noibi is connected to any terror group or plot. But the investigation is in its early stages and officials concede the security breach is the latest proof that the screening system still has holes.