What’s Cooking in Kenya? Ugali, Sukuma Wiki, and the Food of Barack Obama’s Father’s Childhood …

"When two locusts fight, it is always the crow who feasts." Nigerian saying quoted in Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father An article in The Times of London stated that Barack Obama's Kenyan family, members of the Luo group, to celebrate his presidential election victory, slaughtered four bulls, sixteen chickens, and a number of sheep…

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Safari Cooking: The Cook (II)

In John Tinney McCutcheon's book,  In Africa: Hunting Adventures in Big Game Country (1910), he  wrote the following words about an apparent jewel of a cook, whose hands moved in the kitchen with the touch of angels.  (And this after a very Eurocentric introduction to said personage, Abdullah his safari cook, in which McCutcheon focused on…

A Dish (or Two) for Children in British Colonial Africa

(A tribute to those women who endured the challenges of living in unfamiliar and far-flung places, raising their children without their extended families around. And cooking what they could.) Sometimes it literally WAS a dog's breakfast. And mothers couldn't do anything about it. Feeding their children properly preoccupied those mothers who followed their English husbands…