Put the Kettle on for a Cuppa!

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Tea in Africa is an occasion. It is a meal. It is a social event, a huge part of daily life consumed across the continent.  It is known locally as Chai.

It’s not prepared the western way by dunking a tea bag in a mug of boiling water and then pouring in some cold milk. It is cooked!

Tea leaves are boiled in a saucepan with some water, once it has bubbled for a while, about the same amount of milk is added as it continues to boil.  A little sugar is added and maybe some ginger, masala or cardamom.

Cook a little longer and then remove from the heat, strain through a sieve into a giant flask and quickly close to keep the temperature near boiling.

Everyone pours a steaming mug full, more sugar is available for those that have a sweet tooth, it is considered quite strange that westerners often do not take sugar in hot drinks, when you share a cup of tea with a Masai, the spoon almost stands up in the cup as they heap 6, 7, 8 heaped tablespoons full of sugar into the mug before it is sweet enough!

The tea is still scorching but once it has cooled down enough to drink it is absolutely delicious, it is a meal in itself, filling, satisfying and very tasty. Many mugs are consumed one after the other until you are full and the flask is empty. Tea is cooked daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is usually some in the flask for visitors who turn up unannounced.  Come and share a cuppa with Safari Joe, the flask is full!

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