The Dance of the Fish

In America, my guilty pleasure is reality chef competitions. I could spend hours watching the mastery in these televised kitchens, imagining the way the food tastes, taking notes of things I wanted to personally try and always ending each episode wishing I was a member in the audience.

I see I was dreaming and wishing far too small.

Ashley Palmer Watts, executive chef of London’s renown restaurant “Dinner”, was coming to Kenya and not just Kenya but MY AREA. WHY? To learn about organic fish farming in Kenya. And who is the master of fish farming? ME! Well I’m not I just got caught up in the emotional build up but I’m supervised and partnered with the people who are the masters of fish farming in Kenya.

And like that my dream of sitting in an audience was trumped by my reality of visiting fish farmers, learning more about fishing in the Lake and having a full out celebration with Mama Joyce and her family, Ashley and Farm Africa.

Fish Farmer & Lake Victoria Visit

Pre-Game

Food Prep

Dance of the Harvest

Dinner Served

Menu

Tomato, Potato, Ginger and Tilapia Stew

Grilled Fish on a Bed of Banana Leaves

Mango/Citrus Salsa

Chapati

The Party

Duncan: Before and After

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Taco Night

I decided this morning that I would make tacos for dinner and it was all I was looking forward to today. It well well worth it.

Meat: Pork chopped, seasoned and sauteed in a little oil.

Salsa: Tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, cilantro, chili pepper. Chopped and mixed. Seasoned with a little salt and juice from half of a lime.

Guacamole: Mashed avocado with a few spoons of salsa. Added a bit more salt and lime and mixed.

 

Pork in a Thai Peanut Sauce

Last night I opened up the Peace Corps cookbook “Karibu Jokoni” and decided to try something new. The cookbook offers suggestions of how to make your favorite items using local ingredients.

Below is my take on the recipe.

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk powder (dissolved in about 4 tablespoons of warm water)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • dash of salt
  • dash of sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
  • chopped chili pepper (small)

Mix ingredients, and add water until achieve desired consistency

Meat:

  • 1/4 kilo of pork chopped
  • chopped onion
  • chopped bell pepper
  • dash of salt

Season pork with a bit of salt. Saute in a little oil with onions and bell pepper until done.

Add meat to sauce.

Pour over your desired noodles…I just used spaghetti.

*Note: Peanut butter in Kenya isn’t so sweet, if you decide to try this in America you may need to omit adding sugar.

Fish Farmer in the Making

I think the 1st step of becoming a knowledgeable fish farmer, which I’m well on the way of being…is to first love eating fish so you can appreciate the works it takes to raise them.

This may be cheating, because the mamas in the market start frying fish around 5pm so eating fish requires little effort on my part.

Nonetheless here is a typical, very quick and delicious dinner for me in Kenya.