Mujaja Tea

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Last week , as I was sitting glued to the computer for over 6 hours trying to finish editing a post that was supposed to go live the next day,  a sweet-smelling aroma wafted from the kitchen to where I was. And for a moment I could not make out what sweet-smelling plant that was. That’s when I realised that my cousin sister who had come earlier from school was coughing profusely and was advised to boil o’mujaja and ginger root then drink it to reduce the  incessant coughing. Then a though hit me. Why haven’t I ever made anything with mujaja at all?  Considering the fact that we take it as tea almost every day and it is right in front of our yard.

The following days, after that realisation, turned out to be really moody foggy and chilly. Days when you wish you could stay in bed longer and have warm breakfast in bed too! I made mujaja tea consecutively and I had to share with you my friends. Not only is mujaja medicinal but it also has a sweet-smelling aroma that is hard to beat. According to Google, the scientific name of Mujaja is Ocimum suave Willd. But I was thinking it is too  complicated of a name. Let us stick with Mujaja instead, shall we?

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Now I don’t think mujaja is sold in markets (I am yet to find out) for it is a weed that grows among shrubs. This is no recipe in a way. I just wanted to share how I prepare it so the next time you come across it you will give it a try.

Find Recipe here

 

🙂

Sophie

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How to Make Ugandan Banana Pancakes – Kabalagala Video

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Kabalagala has been the ultimate desert/snack for almost as long as I can remember. Thinking back, a lot of memories are attached to this delicacy right here. And since we have already dubbed the Rolex as the nation’s ultimate power street  food/snack, I though it only fair to give these sweet banana pancakes the spotlight too. Because lets be honest: Who does not love pancakes? They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, supper and as a snack too. And what not a better way to have them with a favourite drink/ beverage? Ultimate dessert it is!

As I promised on Instagram, it is time to let you know about some great things coming your way. First off, I plan on making more fun short videos. Check out the last two I posted on my YouTube channel and don’t forget to subscribe for more great content.

Secondly, I have received numerous emails on  whether I have a book in print. Having a book in print is hard work, I have found out lately. But this does not mean we should all give up. So I am working on a recipe calendar for 2017 that will be out in about 5-7 weeks from now. It will be filled with great recipes, photos and useful information. Also, it will be a great gift to give to friends, co-workers and loved ones especially since we are heading into the holiday months.  I am excited already. Aren’t you?

Now back to these pancakes.
Traditionally, pancakes are a mix of just plain cassava flour and ripe sweet bananas which yields a well textured  mildly sweet chewy pancake. I decided to add a little sugar because this sweet tooth I tell you! along side baking soda, it helps  create a soft sweet pancake. I could go on and on but the bottom line is these pancakes are worth a try. I have put together a small video to guide you. Watch it below and get frying.

Find detailed recipe here

🙂

Sophie

Top 12 Desserts to Serve this Easter

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We are all getting into the Easter mood which is just a few days from now. Of all the food to be served, I thought it would be great to highlight desserts we’ve made throughout the years. I hope you get to make some for your loved ones.

  1. Tea Masala Mango-Pear Pie
  2. Charcoal Stove Baked Chocolate Bundt Donut with Mulberries
  3. Red Plum Jam Mini Pies
  4. Sweet Potato Sandwich Cookies
  5. Chocolate Glazed Cassava Balls
  6. Avocado Yoghurt Parfait
  7. Pan-Fried Cookies
  8. Banana Pancakes
  9. Ebwanga: A Local Delicacy
  10. Banana Ice-cream Parfait
  11. Coconut Cinammon Sour Cream Three Layer Cake With  Fresh Mango Syrup
  12. Tea Masala Sweet Potato Rolls

Hope you have a wonderful holiday and weekend.

🙂 Sophie