African Food & Drink (5)

Given that Dawa is Swahili for "medicine" or “magic potion” this famous cocktail is said to be so potent that it will cure whatever ails you. The fact that it's the most popular cocktail in Kenya just might support this claim. The recipe is based on a famous Brazilian drink that was introduced to Kenya. It is now one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya and has spread through out North and South Africa (especially in touristy regions). Enjoy!!!!!

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 shots vodka

Crushed ice cubes

1 whole lime quarter with skin on

1 Dawa stick twisted in honey

1) Put lime and sugar into a whisky tumbler.

2) Crush limes slightly, add ice and pour in the vodka.

Maize is one of the basic staple foods eaten across the entire continent of Africa! You will pass huge plantations everywhere on your travels.   Large green stems taller than a person occupying any available piece of earth.

Once it was picked, it was traditionally stored in a huge elevated grain store, or granary.   Maize can be cooked on the cob in many different ways, including being steamed, roasted or boiled. 

To produce the maize flour, firstly remove the kernels from the cob and dry them; then they are sent to the ‘posho’ mill to have the outer husks removed and then finally to be ground into flour.

Maize flour is consumed on a daily basis in most households; for breakfast it is boiled into a runny porridge and drank from a gourd or calabash, the flour is sometimes mixed with other flours such as millet, sorghum or amaranth.

I can hear you already saying no way!   Go on, give them a try, you might be pleasantly suprised!!!

The first time I ever ate bugs was in Zimbabwe, quite a few years ago where Mopane Worms (caterpillars) were on the menu.

These worms or caterpillars having been collected by hand were degutted, boiled in salted water and sun-dried, then fried and served in a small bowl.  They were quite chewy and hard but too salty and gritty for my liking. I must say I did try them more than once to give them the benefit of the doubt, definitely not my cup of tea!

Now recently in Uganda I have discovered a delicacy that I can’t wait to tuck into again on my next safari and that is Termites!!! They are absolutely delicious and incredibly nutritious too.  I wasn't convinced at first either................

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.

Peanuts, known locally as groundnuts are an important crop in Uganda. As well as providing a source of income they also play an important role socially.

Ugandans are being encouraged to grow this crop to empower them into becoming productive citizens, who are able to take care of themselves and their families.

Women will serve them to their guests as a welcome snack, as well as sharing news whilst sorting the legume.

The raw groundnut is also boiled or steamed in the shell and eaten whole, or, alternatively roasted and ground into a fine powder which is then used in many different recipes.  Groundnuts that have been cooked into a thick pink paste often accompany Matoke (cooked green bananas), rice and spinach or bamboo shoots.  Totally delicious!