Menu: Zimbabwe

Witch doctor of the Shona people close to Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. Photo by Hans Hillewaert.

Witch doctor of the Shona people close to Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. Photo by Hans Hillewaert.

I don’t think I’ve ever done this. I’ve always told you the menu. Every Wednesday for 195 weeks, my choices have been in this space, recorded in black and white. But today…

I’m just not ready to tell you what I’m making. Perhaps it’s panic. What if I make the wrong choice this week? Or perhaps it’s denial. What if I’m not ready for it to be over?

I can tell you this much: there will be pumpkins and squashes. There will be peanuts and peanut butter. And there will be, I assure you, some kind of dessert.

Because I just don’t know how to celebrate the ending without a little something sweet.

So, bear with me, friends…

The first recipe will be up tomorrow.


3 Quick Recipes for Zimbabwean Pumpkin and Squash [Recipe]

Three amazing recipes: 1) Acorn squash roasted with corn and cheese 2) Peanut Butter Butternut Squash 3) Cinnamon Pumpkin

Zimbabwe Candy Cake | Chikenduza [Recipe]

A dense, yeasty cake with sweet icing. A favorite in Zimbabwe’s city bakeries.

And here’s a proverb to ponder:

“A ripened fruit does not cling to the vine.”
Proverb from Zimbabwe


  1. Perfect proverb and metaphor for the Global Adventurers and their intrepid leader!

  2. Rick Scott says

    Take your time. Some of us are dragging our heels this close to the finish line too. We’re all reluctant to cross it.

    My daughter-in-law, whose mother and grandmother still live in Zimbabwe, says you have to do the mealie-corn thing. (I’m not sure what the name is. She says you’ll know what I mean if I describe it that way.)

  3. Megan O'Connor says

    I joined your adventure later on and have thoroughly enjoyed the voyage with you. Each night a sweet farewell, each dawn a new beginning, you have made a difference in my world.

  4. And I don’t want it to end either! I am sure I speak for many, it is an amazing adventure! I am hoping your website stays up for a long long time. Like a great book, I want to read it again and again. And I can’t count how many recipes I want to try! Tell me you won’t disappear into the internet ether!!!

    • Sasha Martin says

      I promise: no disappearing act! I want people to enjoy these recipes for years to come 🙂

  5. aunty eileen says

    Yes Paula, I too don’t want it to end. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking forward to each week and day of the adventure. And yes, there are wonderful recipes here that inspire me just as they are, or some for modification. Again, great job and thank you, Sasha.

  6. Me too! I really don’t want it to end. I have so enjoyed the stories, pics and recipes – and watching Ava grow up as she tried so many amazing foods! I will miss it all very much.

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