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An East African Culinary Tour with Yellow Zebra Safari

An East African Culinary Tour with Yellow Zebra Safari

An East African Culinary Tour with Yellow Zebra Safari

It’s been a dream of mine to visit East Africa, particularly the birthplace of my mother – Tanzania.

My own northern roots are a world away. Raised in the industrial city of Manchester, we did however grow up on her idyllic and rather exotic sounding childhood Tanzanian tales of her ayah (nanny), making the best Kashata (coconut peanut brittle), picking juicy ripe mangos on the school run and blissful evenings playing with a backdrop of an African sunset and its magnificent orange hues.

Now that I have my own children it would be amazing to travel to Tanzania and experience the country of my maternal heritage. And I’m still working on that little wanderlust plan…

Recently I was invited to the next best thing, a culinary tour of East Africa through a supper club hosted by Yellow Zebra Safari. The multi-award winning travel company launched in 2012 by friends and business partners, Julian Carter-Manning and Rory Walker. They specialise in bespoke, luxury safaris to Africa and the supper club was to celebrate the range of safaris they offer to Tanzania.

The thought of exploring the National Serengeti Park, famous for its Wildebeest Great Migration or the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Crater piqued my interest. Especially, after our first family safari experience to South Africa a couple of years ago.

The venue at Benk + Bo in East London was transformed into a colourful dining space adored with flowers from the continent of Africa – Protea, the national flower of South Africa, Gloriosa Flame Lillies, the nation flower of Zimbabwe and my favourite the Stretliza, commonly known as the Bird of Paradise.

Our foodie adventure for the evening was crafted by Colline from Zimbabwe and owner of Colline’s Kitchen and Culinary Discovery Club. A company which provides a platform for refugee and migrants chefs from across the world.

Rwanda was our first stop with a starter of Matooke and Luwombo. We were entrusted to parcel our own matooke, which are spiced mushrooms cooked in banana leaves and served with Rwandan steamed green bananas.

We made our journey over to Tanzania and Kenya with the main of Mchuzi wa samaki, a traditional Swahili fish curry.

Made with salmon and hake, mine was replaced with tofu and served with brown rice. The coconut milk gives it a creamy texture – mildly spiced the depth of flavour in the sauce was delicious.

Dessert came in the form of Mandazi, an Ugandan coconut doughnut served with a selection of sweet dips and homemade mango sorbet. Light, fluffy with a hint of cardamom they were the perfect end to the evening.

Perhaps…a visit to Tanzania needs to be on the cards sooner than I planned.

Have you been on a safari? Or where would you love to experience Africa’s Big Five? Let me know in the comments below.

sima

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Yellow Zebra Safaris, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

6 Comments

  • Angie SilverSpoon 23rd April 2019 at 8:34 am

    What a fun evening! I’d love to see you travel to Tanzania!

    • the Curious Pixie 24th April 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Lovely evening. Fingers crossed it will be soon, would be amazing to take my girls.

  • Binny Shah-Patel 24th April 2019 at 11:14 am

    How awesome would it be to take the girls to TZ!

    • the Curious Pixie 24th April 2019 at 12:00 pm

      OMG! Just amazing Binny…it’s a dream…it will come true.

  • Bejal 24th April 2019 at 11:52 am

    My absolute dream as I’m sure most know is to go and visit Kenya and Uganda to see where my parents are from and therefore this totally resonated with me. Out of all the dishes, I have to say Mandazi is delicious. I would love to go on Safari and have been creating that itinerary for a while now!!

    • the Curious Pixie 24th April 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Oh sounds like a safari could be on the cards soon then Bejal?

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