Monday, November 18, 2013
Sorry for my silence. I have been overcome with work, travel and deadlines. I will probably be pretty quiet for the rest of the month and will begin posting again towards the end of the month. But I also want to acknowledge my baby, Chef Afrik's birthday is this month. We are entering the terrible twos of blogging. A proper acknowledgement will be posted
Meanwhile, here are some great recipes and posts, I am looking at allover the African foodie web. I just had to share!
Kitchen Butterfly: Juice: The Truth About Passion Fruit
Somali Kitchen: Tamarind and Dates Shidni Hot Sauce (my new hot sauce obsession) (Also: Read about Somali Kitchen blog here)
Biscuit Bone Blog: Matzo ball pepper soup with tripe (mind was blown by this recipe)
K.O. Rasoi: Crispy potato Bhajia (East African indian/swahili cuisine)
Photo Courtesy: K.O. Rasoi
Monday, October 28, 2013
Miriam Kinunda is one of the first African food bloggers I met when I started blogging almost two years ago. It was easy to see why we connect: there are few bloggers from East Africa and it was an instant connections. Also, Kenyan and Tanzanian cuisine are so similar due to the Swahili influences in our background.
Miriam first began blogging in 2004 into what has now become "A Taste of Tanzania" food blog and a large database of Tanzanian dishes to try. She also accompanies her posts with detailed and popular youtube videos -- making her the definitive voice on Tanzanian food online I've already tried some of the recipes including this "Coconut Rice with Carrots and Peas" dish.
She was recently featured in Ebony Magazine and you can expect the second edition of her recently published cookbook "A Taste of Tanzania" out this December 2013 (and there'll likely be a giveaway).
Without further ado, meet my good rafiki, Miriam.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Two weeks ago, I was in Whole Foods picking up some hair products. Im usually pretty focused about what I need to pick up when there, because Whole Foods is one of those places where you can go in for a single toothpick and come out with a kabob!
On my way to the beauty aisle, I passed a tasting station where a team from a company called "Cava Mezze" was trying to hawk their line of dips and pastes to customers. The name was familiar, but I couldn't figure out why. One of the products, a Harissa, caught my eye.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
But I want to be educated and well-versed on the countries I am visiting. I'd like to think that I have a good historical background about the continent, but you can never know too much.
So I have a couple of books I will be reading and I wanted to share them with you on here. I am starting broad with this overview historical book by by John Parker and Richard Rathbone,both professors at SOAS, called “African History: A Very Short Introduction.” Its a broadstrokes introduction to the whole continent's history — which we all know goes back to the first homo sapiens in East Africa — to present day.
I am only two chapters in, and I try reading a little each night (along with my book club read). I'll try sharing other books that I end up reading.
Are there any other books of African history, sociology or anthropology you know of?