Monday, July 28, 2014

Eid Mubarak in Africa

First Published: August 14, 2013
Just under 422 million africans are muslim and this is a celebratory time in their religious calendar. I remember Eid being a part of my life growing up in Kenya mostly because my Muslim firends and classmates missed this day of school every year at my catholic school. I was often very jealous.

Around Africa, Eid is being celebrated with big feasts to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr , the three day festival marking the end of the Ramadan fast. After prayers at sunrise in the mosque, a celebratory family mean is sharedd. Its also a time for gift-giving, traveling home to see loved ones

 The words "Eid Mubarak" mean "Blessed Feast." I love that!It is a beautiful thing the role that food plays in celebrating religious holidays from Christmas to Eid, food plays a key role in how. Around Africa this is being celebrated and I wanted to higlight some great blogs that celebrate it:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eat, Pray, Brazil: Acaraje (Black Eyes Peas Fritters with shrimp filling)

I have mentioned the Bahian street food acaraje in at least two posts about Brazil so far. It's time to take a closer look at what that food is, and how to make it.

Acarajé is a dish made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê or red palm oil. It is a traditional dish of Bahia and is most often eaten as a street food. The acaraje is the descendent akara, a similar dish popular in South West and South East Nigeria. It is also found, under different names, in Ghana, Benin and Togo.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Why Eat, Pray, Brazil?

flags of the countries playing in Natal

It's time to get down to business. Let's talk about why I am in Brazil. Let's talk about the food.

Yes, I have had multiple run-ins with God, struggled to be understood whilst in Brazil, and marveled at the beautiful bodies of capoeira dancers, but I am here in Brazil with two goals.

The first is, of course to watch the World Cup. The second is to discover the food.

Seeing that my Eat, Pray, Africa adventure has been delayed until further notice, I decided to consider the additional wait time as an opportunity to still discover and write about African food, but to also broaden my horizons in doing so. Hence, my expansion to include writing about the African food diaspora.

And that diaspora gets no more fascinating than in Brazil.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Eat, Pray, Brazil: Slide Tackling Portuguese (and Being Head Butted in Return)

this I understand!
 "I speak English, French and Spanish! Of course, I will get by!"

That is a phrase I told myself and others over and over before I landed in Brazil. Boy have I been humbled!

Eat, Pray, Brazil: No Luggage, No Cry

The airline(s) lost my luggage.

My suitcase got lost somewhere between the three flights it took me to arrive in Salvador.

So the image above displays all I had with me when I arrived.

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