Isabukuru nziza y’amavuko Don Cheadle

Okay. Yesterday happy birthday in Hebrew; today in Kinyarwanda. No birthdays tomorrow. (Although for what it’s worth, tomorrow is the 25th birthday of Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory so here’s happy birthday in Klingon: qoSILj DatLujaj. But I digress.

The great actor and humanitarian Don Cheadle is 47 today. In 2004, Cheadle was nominated for an Academy Award for his touching, passionate, and riveting portrayal of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the film Hotel Rwanda (pictured above). Cheadle also campaigns for the end of genocide in Darfur, Sudan and co-authored the book Not On Our Watch: The Mission To End Genocide In Darfur And Beyond. In 2010, he was named U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador. This Rwandan recipe is a great way to honor Cheadle, Rwanda, (and garlic — tungurusumu In Kinyarwanda).

Ibiharage (Rwandan Fried Beans)
2 T. vegetable oil
3 onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 c. cooked white beans (canned or homemade)
salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (to taste)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions & garlic. Stir and saute until onions are soft, 3-5 minutes.

Add beans, salt & pepper to taste, & red pepper to taste; stir, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 7-12 minutes to heat through.


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