COOKING ON SAFARI

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by kimmit, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. kimmit

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    I have no idea if this is the right place for this thread.  Nicko welcomed me and mentioned that my experience in safari cooking might make for interesting discussions somewhere on the forum.  I could write pages and pages of my experiences in Africa as a cook, but just wanted to start off by telling you about my last job before I left Africa to come to Europe.  My (ex) husband and I were the "on the ground" part of a the team that were building a luxury tented safari camp in northern Mozambique (Niassa Province).  We arrived on site and I immediately asked two of the building labourers to come and help me start the kitchen and train them to become cooks.  The first thing we did was look for the correct "mud" which we used to create bricks which were used to build the best oven I have ever cooked in.

    I have a photo of the oven to attach, but can't for some reason.

    Living and cooking in that environment was interesting.  Supplies were brought in by plane after we had made a rough airstrip.  So using 00 flour for dough for pasta and pizzas was not an option.  Flour is flour, and it's amazing what you can produce when you don't have choices! 

    I would love to see the recipes some of you use when out camping for things like pot bread and rolls. 

    I started growing my own herbs and vegetables, and elephants do not like chillies! We eventually grew a "border" of chillie bushes around the veg patch.  It sort of helped keep out the ele's and antelope.

    I will write more about my experiences another time.
     
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  2. pollopicu

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    Oh how exciting. How did you come by such an amazing opportunity to begin with?

    I can't wait to read more about your experiences.
     
  3. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Kimmit, this is the perfect spot to post such a thrilling experience.

    Have you tried to post your photos in the Galleries?  I’m sure that we’d all love to see what it all looked like at the time. 

    By the way, what year was this?  The name of the camp?  Where else have you cooked? 

    I hope to see you back as often as your busy schedule allows.
     
  4. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Oh, and Aloha kimmit, welcome to Chef Talk, it’s a lot of fun here, that’s for sure!
     
  5. durangojo

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    yes, please do kimmit..I look forward to it...woohoo, how wonderfully exciting! In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, "well behaved women rarely make history"........mostly welcome though....take off your shoes and stay awhile please

    joey 
     
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  6. butzy

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    Great to have a fellow "african" on board:)
    I have been to Moz a couple of times, mostly on the coast. Love their bread and seafood (and the piri piri chicken).
    What other countries in Africa have you been to?
    Ever been to my stomping grounds of Zambia and Zimbabwe?
    Please send more stories......

    And yes, we can exchange recipes. Making potbread is still high on my list.....
     
  7. kimmit

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    Hi Butzy.  great..a fellow African here.  Yes, I lived in Vic Falls Zimbabwe side for 15 years!  That is when I started doing a few mobile safaris as cook.  When were you there?  Have also worked on Bazaruto island and spent a few years in the north of Mozambique based in Pemba and working on some of the islands in the Quirimbas archipeligo.  Very different my life is now, living in France!  I still can't get used to all the choices when I go shopping.
     
  8. kimmit

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    my time at Lugenda was in 2003/04.  I don't think I can post web links on here?  but you should find the place if you look for Lugenda Safari camp.  I have posted one pic so far on galleries - thanks for the advice! I will post more a bit later today. 
     
  9. butzy

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    Harare for about 8 years, and then jumped the border into Zambia to start a lodge.
    Every morning I look out over the river (the mighty Zambezi) and see the sun rise above Zimbabwe.....
     
  10. kimmit

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    Where in Zambia are you now?  Some members of my family do regular trips into Zambia.  The love to find new places to stay.  Last night we finally had a sight of the setting sun and it was a huge, round red ball, which did remind me of Africa! 
     
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    Near the Chirundu border. Just send me a message if you want any details.....
    And both the sunrises an sunsets are beautiful here.
    Goinng back to cooking :We are having an opening of fishing season party this weekend, so tomorrow is PIG ON THE SPIT time.
    Looking forward to all the healthy crackling :)
     
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    You are very lucky, its so beautiful there!   I was lucky enough to spend a little bit of time at Tongebezi and out on Sindabezi island in the early 90's.  One of the greatest experiences of my life!
     
  13. kimmit

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    aah Twyst, Tongabezi.  Beautiful place.  Where you on holiday or working? 
     
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    Holiday!
     
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