Welcome to Our Food Stories: A community podcast by Ugandans for Ugandans sharing food stories from all over the country. Our Food Stories is a show, hosted by A Kitchen in Uganda, about our food and owning and telling our stories of it. It is about how food is not only fuel for the body but a means for most to build community, culture and even identity. As a way to preserve our indigenous foodways, each episode will have a unique guest who will talk about food stories passed down to them by generations past.
Ever wanted to know more about Ugandan food? Ever wanted to hear food stories of generations past and how some of your favorite foods came to be? I am so excited for you to finally listen to Our Food Stories! This podcast was born out of a need to dig deeper and learn more about the food that bonds us as a country. After many months of planning and reaching out to you, it is my greatest joy to finally share this podcast with the world.
The purpose of this podcast is to share food stories, educate, share knowledge and inspire foodies. This podcast is for story lovers and tellers, food historians, foodies, anthropologists and everyone in between. New episodes will be released every two weeks. You can binge listen to the first 3 episodes right now by clicking here.
Because this is a community podcast, any and everyone that is Ugandan and has an interesting food story to share can contribute to the podcast by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: My Food Story so that we can share details on how to contribute. You can also send us a DM to @akitcheninuganda on Instagram to contribute to this podcast.
Connect with us on the socials using #ourfoodstoriesUg and let us know what you think of the podcast so far.
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 : email@example.com 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.
Last week I took a quick trip to the west and was amazed by the endless banana farms we passed. Rolling fields of matooke in Bushenyi!! On the way back we brought with us a full bunch because they are cheaper in price and not to mention you can get the best matooke there. This recipe idea was conceived while I was knee-deep (not literally) in peeling matooke to prepare katogo. I did make the katogo but these chips went faster than the katogo.
Trust me this is restaurant level amazing! I cannot believe I never tried this before. I am going to attempt describing the flavours that are at play here. A base of crispy fried savory green banana chips topped with sweet mushy avocado, drizzled with slightly tangy ketchup, sprinkled with crunchy fresh purple onions and finally sprinkled with a generous amount of nutty roasted simsim seeds. There you have an epic meal/ snack easily.
What you will need:
4 Large green bananas, peeled and washed
1 C. Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. Salt
1 Tsp black pepper, ground
1 Tsp. Water
Oil for frying
1 Small avocado
2 Small purple onions
Use firm green bananas that are not on the verge of ripening
The bananas release a sticky fluid when rested at room temperature.
Fry the chips on medium heat to avoid burning before they are fully cooked
Fry the chips in small batches to keep them from getting soggy.
Use a very ripe avocado
Drain the peeled washed bananas. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the bananas into chips. Set aside for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, add the banana chips and the one teaspoon of water. Mix the chips till the water coats them all.
In a small bowl, add the bread crumbs, salt and pepper and mix well. Using a fork, coat each banana chip with bread crumbs and set aside.
Heat the oil on medium heat. Add the chips. Fry till golden brown and crispy.
On a plate with a clean paper or paper towel, place the chips, scoop ripe avocado on top, add sliced onion rings, drizzle with ketchup and finally sprinkle with roasted simsim. Serve warm