Of 5 Things About Zimbabwe

Five things i wish you knew about Zimbabwe:

Things I wish you knew about Zimbabwe

  1. It is not a jungle.

Believe it or not I have been asked several times, if I see wild animals when I look outside the window.

If you want to see to see wildlife, you go to the a national park, you wont be disappointed. Once upon a time someone even asked me how I was on the internet….. Zimbabwe is a developing country, yes it has some areas more developed than others but we are not in the dark ages. I cringe when I watch a movie and they reference it as a some place it really not; we don’t live in trees and yes we have internet.

Trees in Africa unity Square Harare

Africa Unity Square trees

  1. Our hearts are warm as the tea brewed from our heart-shaped country
A teapot shaped country south of africa

A teapot shaped country

The economy might be free falling, cash is in short supply and you will wait for a long time at the bank to get the daily minimum, but amidst all the trials our hearts are in the right place on the left side like they should be. We are a nation of kind, tolerant and peace-loving people, with a humorous nature we laugh at the lemons life throws. The capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare is known as the Sunshine City.

harare sunshine city

Sunshine City

 

the Jacaranda trees in bloom Harare

The Jacaranda Trees in bloom

 

  1. We are not our president nor our first lady.

Don’t judge us by the actions of our president, and we are not our president’s keeper too. Please don’t ask me when we are going to vote him out or why we still keep him in power. If you have questions for him,  you can ask him yourself.

  1. We are a nation of educated people

Don’t be fooled by the jobs we are willing to do to put bread on the table, you would be quite shocked to find that the person who hands you a flyer advertising something at the traffic lights is a university  graduate.

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At some point our country we might have the highest literacy rate in Africa, last time i checked according to UNESCO we were just shy of making it in to the top ten list.

Also don’t ask me how for a nation of such educated beings we managed to let our country get into a such state……

  1. The Victoria Falls is in Zimbabwe.

Victoria falls mosi oa tunya

Well my Zambian friends might have some say in that….. but hey the Victoria Falls boarders Zimbabwe and Zambia so its both there and here.

The Victoria falls is a breath-taking site, locals call it Mosi oa Tunya , meaning The Smoke that Thunders…..  its the largest body of falling water by volume and something one just has to see fro themselves even attempt to bungee jump or dare the Devil’s Pool.

~B

 

Visit Zimbabwe some time I promise you wont regret it maybe we might even hang out and have a real cup of coffee together……

 

 

photo Credit Victoria Falls

City of Harare photos view from Africa Unity Square courtesy of Tendai

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Of Sadza Over A Cup of Coffee

If you were having coffee with me, we would be sharing a plate of Sadza.

 

A plate of Sadza Sadza is the staple food of Zimbabwe but growing up I kept asking myself why my dear ancestors could not have come up with a yummier staple food, like pizza or lasagna or something….. Children find Sadza one of the most uninteresting dishes ever created and adults cant live seven days without it, it makes one weak apparently……

Sadza is cooked from mealie meal (upfu) which is like a type of flour made from ground maize. I think it’s similar to what is known as corn flour.

mealie meal upfu

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that cooking Sadza is almost an  art. The instructions are simple enough

>Boil water

Boiling water in a pot

A watched pot

>add mealie meal

>whisk to mix

whisk to mix

>add more mealie meal

>whisk some more

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>bring mixture to a boil and leave to simmer (kukwata)

> stir and mix with a wooden cooking stick (mugoti)

>add mealie meal

>stir to Sadza bricking.jpgmix

>add more mealie meal

>stir to mix, when its thick enough and doesnt smell like raw mealie meal it is done.

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serve with a relish of your choice…… from plain vegetables, to a stew….

sadza and relish

Seems easy enough, but there are no precise measurements like how much water to how much of the  mealie meal. You know in the way recipes for rice call for one cup of rice to two parts water. When you are cooking Sadza, you pretty much just eyeball it and your gut tells you when you have added enough mealie meal…..

I confess I struggle with it, sometimes its too thin and sometimes adding that next cup of mealie meal changes it from beingjust right to much too thick like a concrete brick…..  you don’t want this nobody wants that, unless you are builder….

If you are having coffee with me I would tell you that traditionally Sadza is served  for lunch or supper but we are having it for breakfast because we have a long day ahead of us, we might even attend a Harare International Carnival

~B

PS day 8 blog every day challenge

Oh yeah clean all the utensils immediately after, otherwise you will end up having to scrap clean your cooking stick using a knife and possibly break it….. I have done this.