Ok, as a certified Chef I have to say I was equal parts frustrated and embarrassed to admit that I was unable to figure out how to make Injera. I know everyone always says " just buy the injera - you don't make your own bread, why make your own injera!"
However, the truth of the matter is I do make my own bread! I love making bread, my mother loves making bread and my Grandmother loved making homemade bread. It is a tradition in my family that has been passed down, generation after generation, mother-to-daughter. Now that I have a daughter (!) I really want to be able to pass on this tradition to her as well. Of course I will show her how to make French Baguette, American White, Italian Foccacia, and Ethiopian Spiced Honey Bread (which I am happy to report I was able to master)...but I also really want to be able to teach her how to make Injera. It is the staple item of the Ethiopian diet for goodness sake! I want Shibire to grow up and know how to make Injera, as well as Gomen, Wot, Tibs....
If she decides to grow up and marry an Ethiopian man I want her to be able to walk into her mother-in-law's kitchen and surprise her that even though she was raised by a white American family she can still make a kick-ass Ethiopian meal for her family! Who knows, maybe she will grow up and hate cooking, but it won't be because I didn't try to pass this tradition on to her.
So here I sit...greatly desiring to be able to teach Shibire how to make Injera and I can't even figure out how to make it myself! However - I have recently scoured youTube and found a video from an Ethiopian restaurant where they show you how to cook it, and also, a link to the recipe they use. So I guess it will be another 4 day journey of trying to make Injera! Wish me luck! (and if any of you have been successful making Injera, please send me your tips!)