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Coffee in Arusha-Tanzania: From Berry/ Cherry to Bean

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 23, 2017
I am a gradual learner. In the case of coffee, I’ve progressed from instant to cold brew from grounds. Next step? Buying a cafetière and grinding my own beans because I’m now an aficionado :). After all, do you know all the things I do about coffee? No? Well, grab a cup let me tell […]

The SBM Index & The Economics of Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 21, 2017
Did you know that there was a Jollof Index? The work SBM Intel is doing is FANTASTIC and I was thrilled to discover this article and the associated report mapping changes in the essential ingredients for Jollof and using them to check inflation and other trends in consumer behaviour. ‘The SBM Jollof index is a […]

How I Missed My Flight Because of Jollof

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 21, 2017
True story, and there’s no bro at the end *side eye*.  This is a true story from Yejide, of Naija Nomads who missed her Banjul – Lagos connection because of Benachin, Gambian Jollof. The events leading up to and ending this story are hilarious.  Thank you so much to Kachi of KacheeTee for prompting Yejide […]

East Meets West: If Jollof Rice Were Kenyan

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 16, 2017
In our familiarity with and adoration of it, we translate its importance to others. We recoil in shock when we find that the significance we attach to it this side of the Atlantic is not the same in other parts of the world, like the area in and around the Indian Ocean. And no this […]

Around West Africa in ‘Jollof’ Names

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2017
Interesting, I find – Jollof goes by only four names across the coast of West Africa, three of which are repeated in use – Jollof, Riz au Gras (aka Riz Gras), Thieboudienne; one – Benachin is used in only one country – Gambia. I looked at the names in 16 of the 18 countries, excluding […]

On Mingau: Drink, Porridge & More

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 11, 2017
I’ve always been fascinated by Mingau. By always, I mean since I learnt about it, about it’s existence. In trying to find out more about it, to classify it and understand it, I happened upon lots of Brazilian/ Portuguese references.  Mingau, from the old Tupi mina’u means ‘that which is soaked‘. To this end, there […]

Exploring Personal Geographies of Food: Mangoes

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 7, 2017
I’m obsessed with geography – I’ve always been. What if I can’t read maps that well, what if? And no, don’t say ‘You’re a geologist’ because I, more than anyone else should know that. I’ve almost always loved the contours that define spaces, the grids that govern some cities and making, finding my way. I […]

Made in Ghana: Midunu Chocolates

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 13, 2017
There are many things that soothe my soul – handcrafted, locally produced chocolate are some of them. I fell in love with Ghanaian chocolate in 2011 – for the flavour, but also for the heritage contained in the brown and dark bars. And so these boxes, from Selassie of Midunu are extra extra special for many […]

Eight (8) Things I Learnt About Stockfish. Did you Know?

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 5, 2017
That Nigeria is the world’s top buyer of Lofoten’s stockfish, eclipsing the once dominant Italian market by 20 per cent? That though cod is the most popular source of stockfish, haddock, saithe and tusk are also good sources, popular for the Nigerian market That it takes three months to dry stockfish? First, the head and guts – […]