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Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Suggestion for an unusual recipe - Grandmas always know how to cook! - Normita, 6 - 1623342503812847068

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Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Suggestion for an unusual recipe - Grandmas always know how to cook! - Normita, 65 – Oltepessi Kenya / Normita lives in a hut made of mud and straws in a masaai village in Kenya. Her kitchen is nothing else than a small cooking area on the ground made of four stones and a metal grill placed on top. Every morning she lights a fire and keeps it on all day long. In her village there are 250 people and more than 500 animals among cows, goats and dogs. She is the chief of the village’s ninth wife and also the oldest woman. Cooking, collecting water from the river and gathering wood for the fire have always been her jobs. She has got 19 grown-up children and more than 40 grandchildren. They all live in the same village / MBOGA AND UGALI: Ingredients: Goat meat and a leg of goat, 50 gr cow’s fat, two tomatoes, 500 gr white corn flour, a plate of sukuma (a vegetable similar to spinach). Ugali is one of the most popular kind of food in Africa. In particular, in this area of Kenya, it is part of the everyday meal and it is at the base of almost any recipe. It is always eaten together with something else: meat, vegetables, fish and so on… The first thing to prepare for our recipe is the orgali: Bring to boil a bit less than a litre of water with some salt. When it boils, add 500 gr of white corn flour, pouring them in the pot a bit at a time and stirring continuously until you obtain a dense mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes, turn the gas off and then let it cool. Now you need to prepare meat and vegetables: - Chunk the goat meat into small pieces (about 3cm). Take the skin off the leg of the goat and strip the flesh from it. Put the meat in some water with salt. - Melt the cow’s fat in a saucepan and when it starts to fry, add two tomatoes chopped in cubes. - As soon as the tomatoes go mushy and create a sauce, add the chunks of meat and all the sukuma (cut in stripes). - Let everything cook for about 40 minutes. Taste it to see if you need more salt and add some if necessary. When meat and vegetables are cooked, place them on the same dish with the ugali, as you can see in the photo.

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