I’ve never really been a fan of the kitchen or any chores involving it. Until very recently I despised the Kitchen, I mostly especially despised cooking, anyone in my family will attest to that!
But after finally moving into a campus flat equipped with a kitchen I realised I didn’t want to eat boring food. If I was forced to feed myself everyday it would be with good food!
Traditional African cooking (at least in southern Africa) doesn’t allow for much experimenting or variety. We don’t play fast and loose with spices like the west Africans or Indians, our baking is mostly limited to plain cakes,breads and buns, our staple food is nsima/pap/sadza/ugali/posho/fufu/bugari/phaletshe and we tend to favour meat stews. Of course there is slight variation from country to country. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional African food, nothing at all however I yearn for something different at times, something to surprise my taste buds and that is how my culinary adventures began.
Initially I would eat out at different places trying different types of foods. I love the Thai restaurants for their delicious Pad Thai, the Chinese restaurants for their chowmein, sweet and sour pork and dumplings, the Indian restaurants for their tandoori chicken, butter chicken and creamed spinach, the fast food restaurants for their fried chicken,pizza and burgers, the Italian restaurants for their pasta and cheeses and the cafe’s for their decadent cakes and sweets. Yes I love food. But it’s not practical to always eat out so I thought why not pour a glass of wine and try some of these recipes at home? There is a wealth of recipes available online after all, all it takes is practice.
So with this blog I will share my little cooking successes and mishaps and hopefully inspire you to try a recipe or two or maybe impart some tips my way.