Tall Tales of Twiga in Tanzania

Doesn't Swahili has the best animal names of any language ?  Twiga for giraffe, Simba for lion, Tembo for elephant - to me these swahili words sound exactly like the animals look! Especially 'Twiga', which somehow manages to convey the tallness, the awkwardness and the beauty of a giraffe in one … Continue reading

Spicy cooking secrets of Zanzibar

This is a full immersion cooking class. I'm quashed into the back seat of the dala-dala(local minivan buses), escorted by the chatty Heelal and the quieter Sa'id, on my way to Afura's house on the outskirts of Stonetown.  Heelal is one of the people who have set up this network of mothers who take … Continue reading

Controlling my inner Angelina

"oh, I just want to take them all home" I cry,  as I am surrounded by a dozen gorgeous smiling tanzanian children in Magara village. Until now, I can safely say that adopting a child had never crossed my mind at any time in my life, and suddenly I am coming over all Angelina Jolie and starting … Continue reading