Yesterday, I mentioned my fear of crossing “the chasm”, towards the final post of this Adventure.
And yet, here we are. Time stalls for none.
This is the first step over Victoria Falls from Zambia to Zimbabwe.
There are a few restaurants near the falls, like the Rainforest Cafe, where you can get a Crocodile Tail Wrap with wasabi.
Talk about fusion!
As one travels further into the heart of this southern African country, more traditional foods appear, like pumpkin greens (bowara) cooked with peanut butter, peanut butter stews, and even pumpkin and peanut butter. (Here are three recipes for pumpkin and squash enjoyed in Zimbabwe)
Not enough peanut butter for you? Next time you boil up rice (white or brown), stir in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter – just enough so that you can shape the rice into balls. This is called Mupunga une dovi.
Serve your meal with anything from the tradtional sadza (a maize-based, stiff porridge), to the cities’ sweet buns made with yeast and sugar.
Many foods you might recognize from South Africa are also popular in Zimbabwe, such as malva pudding (a cake soaked in custard, like a South African “tres leches” of sorts), and Candy Cake [Recipe]. Since the papaya grows well in the hot climate, papaya candy, called mapopo, is a big hit with the children.
Meat and fish are preserved by drying, then either enjoyed as jerky or reconstituted in stews.
You can wash it all down with a Rock Shandy, a refreshing blend of sparkling water, citrus juice, and bitters.
This country of plateaus and tropics, certainly has much to enjoy.
Now, how about a little proverb from Zimbabwe, for you to ponder:
“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
I’m curious… do you agree?