It has been a minute! How are you doing? I have been away for most of this year and it has been intentional. Let me explain.
I spent the first half of 2021 critically thinking about the blog, its longevity, its future and most importantly its purpose. I have been writing A Kitchen in Uganda for 7+ years and within that time period I have grown as a person and so has the blog. In writing this blog, I have come to an understanding that I am just one person sharing my own perspective and experience of the food that I have grown eating and loving. But one person can only do so much. It was very intentional of me to name the blog “a kitchen in Uganda” because it is meant to be one among many, not the first and certainly not the last one there will be.
With this understanding and a desire to be more equitable in my food storytelling a lot of things aligned for me to explore an idea that had been on my mind for some time. I spent a lot of time with family last year and there was a lot of storytelling from my father who was reminiscing his childhood and young adulthood. Stories of some of my favorite foods and how they came to be what I know now. With that precious time spent with family came a lot of clarity for this blog.
All this to say that I have a great idea that I would like to explore further. I cannot share a lot about it right now because it is, after all, still an idea. But in order for this to come to fruition, it is going to take a community of food lovers like yourself who have continued to come back and read these words for 7 years! To make it work, I need your help and am requesting your assistance.
Given that there is a limited amount of written works about Ugandan food (both past and present) as a collective, I need your help in telling these food stories. These can be food stories from your childhood, stories from your parents, grandparents and elders within your community.
So if you are Ugandan and are passionate about the food that raised you and your relatives, please send me an email : firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: My Food Story so that we can talk more and I can share with you details of what I have in mind.
To my non-Ugandan reader, I have so much in store for you. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first person to hear about the idea drop here I am so excited for this new chapter of A Kitchen in Uganda! Watch this space.