Recipes of one of Gerald’s favourite four -course-dinners!

Here is a recipe of one of Gerald’s favourite four-course-dinners.But most important ingridients are missing:the African land scape,the African nature,the stars at the African sky…May be it’s some help if you set up at tent in your garden,place some wild  plush toys arround  you and light up a candle.

Chakula chema(Enjoy your meal!

Starter

Avocado guacamole
Ingredients: 2 size avocado, 2 carrots, 1 big green paper, 1 onion, 2 tomatoes unseeded, ½ tbsp black paper, pinch of salt 1 tbsp olive oil
Preparation: First peel the vegetables the n wash and chop in small cubes take avocados peel wash mix. Chopped vegetable with washed avocado add dive oil salt and spread black paper served on e sheet of lettuce.

Soup

MTORI SOUP

Mtori banana soup from Tanazania

In Northern Tanzania the green banana is eaten more than any other starch food and is interestingly, the only staple food in the world that is not grain or a root vegetable there  are many varieties of banana over thirty  varieties.  There also the yellow soft Ugandan variety called Matoke but this is not preferred by the Chagga  people from Kilimanjaro and here in Arusha.  They prefer the firmer plantain called Mshale Note:-

The sticky white resin that bleads from the tree and the severed stem  must be avoided as it get onto clothes it stains and does’nt  come out easly.  Remember to put oil onto you hands before removing plantain skins as the resin stains your hands  black  and is hard work to remove.  Scrape all traces of black resin from the plantain before coking.  Mtori  soup made from banana us usually eaten for breakfast. Bellow is a recipe for mtori soup This  usually cooked over an  open fire in a claypot called  a chungu all the ingrients would be cooked in the pot at the sometimes.  Once  the cooking has finished the meat would be removed, cut them  into small chunks (fat and gristle is not discarded) and then reheated in the soup .

INGRIDIENTS

Kg beef short ribs

Tbs salt

Green banana peeled and sliced

Medium –sized potatoes peeled

Medium onions peeled and coarsely chopped.

FIRST  Put the ribs, enough cold (H02 )or water and salt in a large casserole pot and bring to the boil over high  heat  skim the form and scum as they  rise to surface.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer partially covered.  For 1-1/2 hours

-Add the bananas, potatoes and onions and continue simmering for another 30 minutes  or until the meat is tender and the potatoes can be mashed.  Remove the short ribs from the pot remove the meat from the bores and cut among the fat and gristle, and discarded.  Cut the meat into bite-size pieces, puree the soup and vegetables Return them to the pot, add the meat,  and stir in  the butter .  Adjust seasoning Enjoy your meal! Sometimes coconut milk is added toward the end of Cooking to make the soup even richer

Main course


UGALI

This is African Corn Meal Mush (polenta) is known as Ugali in Tanzania and Kenya in Malawi and Zambia it is called nsima them south Africans call it pap while in Zimbabwe it goes by the name Sadza.

Ingredient

1 Liter Water
½ kg white cornmeal, finely ground
Method
Bring water to a boil point in a heavy bottomed saucepan stir in the cornmeal slowly letting it fall through the finger of your hand

Reduce heat to medium low and continue stirring regularly, smashing all lumps with wooden spoon, until Ugali becomes very thick cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, place Ugali into a large serving plate form Ugali into a ball and serve as an accompaniment to meat, fish, vegetable stew, beans sauce grains or soured milk.

Variations of ugali

White cornmeal is the mostly commonly used but it can be also substituted with sorghum, millet or course cassava flour
To achieve the consistency you prefer more or less water can be added

DESSERT

STEAMED CHOCOLATE PUDDING
70g cooking chocolate (Grated)

60g soft brown sugar
100g fruit puree (this can be either from apple or bananas)
4small eggs
200 flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tea cup (fat-free milk)

Method

Put milk in a saucepan add the grated chocolate stir over a slow fire till chocolate has completely dissolved. Allow to cool

Cream puree with sugar till light, add the eggs one at a time until fluffy, add flour, baking powder beat well until smooth

Place the mixture in a nonstick mould cover with aluminum foil paper and stem (if you have steamer) or put the covered mould in a pot with boiling water cover with aluminium paper put the lead then havy object steam for 1 ½ hours or until well cooked served with chocolate sauce.

Pilau- This is typical Swahili Meal and is mostly served with many Tanzanian homes mostly in special occasions
Pilau can be cooked in many ways such as:-
- Plain pilau
- Vegetable
- Kuku ( chicken)
- Ng’ombe
- Fish
Served with Kachumbali Tanzania Salad made of Tomatoes, Onions, cucumber and paper(chili ) salt