Monday Meal Review: Lesotho

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THE SCENE I sink into the couch, tired from cooking all day. Malky makes tight circles on my lap, looking for a place to settle. I weigh my options. An entire espresso machine is out of the question. I only need to froth hot milk, for goodness sakes. No need to be extravagant. The clock ticks past 4:30 p.m. There isn't time to shop around for one of those fancy, battery-operated, milk-frothing wands either. The closest store is too far away. And, if I am going to get pictures of … [Read more...]

Recipe: Papa, an African staple (Lesotho)

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I find that Mr. Not-as-Picky, Keith - even with all his progress on the adventure - can still be rather fussy about food that looks soft and mushy. Especially if he has to eat it with his fingers. If you ask me, some of the best food is soft and mushy - mashed potatoes being the prime example. So I'll you what I told him. Papa, a stiff white porridge from Lesotho, is not that unusual. Especially if you eat grits for a living, which - apparently - many people do, here in the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Moroko Mash (w/ poll)

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Today I'm partnering with your mother. It's cold outside. Let's all bundle up in our favorite fuzzy-wild-animal-looking hoodies. Let's wear face masks and giant mittens. And let's definitely eat our vegetables. Lots and lots of veggies. Today's recipe is inspired by moroko, a dish enjoyed in the African country, Lesotho. Typically, Moroko is made with onions and greens, sauteed in oil with a bit of broth, not unlike the Kale (Sukuma Wiki) we made recently for Kenya. Moroko  can be made … [Read more...]

Recipe: The Red Rooibos Latte

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Friends, it's time. Let's have a tea party. Cabin fever is setting in. Bring out your favorite dishes and your fancy hats. Shake things up. Wear those shoes you never wear and paint your fingernails red, red, red. Or, if you'd rather, we can do it in our PJ's, fuzzy slippers and robes.* As for what we'll drink? I haven't been this excited about a new tea since I had my first "London Fog" which, for the uninitiated, is Earl Grey tea made with half steamed milk. (It literally … [Read more...]

Menu: Lesotho

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Weeks like this make me really happy. First of all, I'm learning about a country I knew nothing about last week. Turns out I'm a big fan of Lesotho and today's menu. Anything with steamed milk or potatoes is a near automatic win. And who wouldn't want to drink tea and eat papa in their pj's? Second of all, my two year-old daughter is singing in her first ever musical performance (ahhhh). I'm not sure my heart can take it; the cuteness is going to be ridiculous. Third of all, I get to travel … [Read more...]

About the food of Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls in Lesotho. Photo by BagelBelt.

If you'd like to go Lesotho, there's only one way. Through South Africa. If you have trouble imagining what I mean, visualize the yolk of an egg. Now squish it a little and set it way over to the right. That's Lesotho. Inside of South Africa. Despite being entirely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho asserts her presence in a big way - by being the world's tallest country. The entire country is 3,281 ft (or more) above sea level, which is more than any other country in the … [Read more...]