Was smiling to myself on the way home cause I remembered a funny incident:
I was to meet a certain danish lady sometime last year. We had talked on the phone a number of times and finally had arranged the meeting. We agreed on the time and place. Her not knowing me and viceversa I said “I will be the tall black lady there” she giggled and said she would be the “strawberry blond in a brown jacket”.
I got the the venue before her and was waiting, she came in, headed for the only black lady and put out her hand “Hi, you must be Mrembo”. I smiled shook her hand and replied “you must be Anita”. She responded with “Yes that’s me, strawberry blond lady”.
Now me I was looking at her hair and I was thinking to myself “ok.. strawberries are red, so if you are a strawberry blond, I am thinking something reddish in your hair”. The hair in question was no where near red, but more like dark brown blond. That day I learned what strawberry blond looks like, though if you ask me to point it out, I will be like huh???
On facebook theres a fanclub called “farmers choice sausages are the tastiest” or something to that effect. That had me reminiscing. When I was back home in 2006..(it’s been long since I have been to Nairobi), one of the gals who lived with my mum at the time asked me to get her “smoky bili na chips”. I looked at her like..”eh, smoky.. hizo ni nini??” Mum piped up laughing
“aieh Mrembo, you don’t know what smokies are, even me I know ”
No one believed I did not know the term and refused to tell me what they were. Simply said ” nenda dukani, wambie wataka chips na smoky mbili”
That’s the day I found out smoky means sausage!
Talking about food, to my utter disgrace I put up my hand and admit I never learned to cook ugali, of all things I cannot cook a “cooked” ugali. To date my mum is scandalised, but appeasese herself by saying ” at the time you would have learned how to, you had already moved to Uganda”. When she was here in 2007 I made her cook ugali for me almost every lunch time and I would have it with maziwa mala (sour milk). Yup they have it here. Maziwa mala with sugar and ugali goes down really well.
I have been so bored with my own cooking and buying take out. I really need to eat someone else’s home made cooking. So since that is not feasible on a daliy basis, I decided to get some recipies and follow them to the “t”. That is an issue with me, I hardly ever follow a recipe to the as exacted cause I never have all the ingredients, so in the coming weeks I am making concerted effort to print the recipes and take them with me when I go grocery shopping so that I have all the ingredients. I have downloaded some interesting “southern cooking recipes” and intrestingly enough they all involve beans. Which should tell you something, I am hungering for beans and rice. Problem is, my husband and son.. yes, this little nearly 3 year old boy, do not like beans. Ati I cook just beans and rice. There has to be some meat or as hubby says “something to beef it up”. Nikh just refuses to eat period.
So every time I cook beans, whatever kind, mung (dengu), pinto, blackeyed, I end up freezing the whole batch and eating them alone over a period of time.
Right now I am soooooo stuffed. at 12:00pm I went to the hospital cafeteria and had 2 pieces of chicken breast, 5 boiled potatoes, sauce and salad + cake for dessert. My stomach is sooooo stretched I am uncomfy. I was hungry when I ate! It’s now 16:34. NO supper for me
Have a foody day and tell me what you like to eat.
PS: The foods that I love best in no particular order
- chai na mkate ( african home made tea with milk & sugar accompanied with bread or as my husband likes me clarify, bread with butter and jam). If the bread is fresh and soft, mum and I have been known to demolish superloaf at one sitting of 4 o´clock tea.
- Chips with ketchup. Ketchup is a must. Chips on thier own without ketchup do absolutely nothing for me. With ketchup, I can eat monday to monday 365 days a year baby.
- Cake. A simple pound cake, no fancy creams or whatever, just simple fresh pound cake espeically straight from the oven, yum!
- Simple rice and beef stew. Right now or rather tomorrow, the idea of the sukuma(kale) mixed in the beefstew with rice.. aha
- Mum’s pilau is off the chain. My mum can cook pilau and I can make one hell of a kachumbari. That is Big Al’s request when mum visits or when he is in mum’s house
let me get back to my other duties