Few weeks ago [it could be a month or so], I was lucky enough to be one of the selected individuals to receive a copy of a fantastic book by Miriam Kinunda titled Taste Of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes For The West.
As the title suggests, this is a cookbook or in other words a how-to cookbook. I thought, to read the book and write my review basing on contents, colors, fonts and images alone wouldn’t be a fair shot to myself or you [my readers]. I decided to read it first [have read it page to page] and try some of the suggested recipes. That explains my delay in writing this review.
As I was going through the pages, I couldn’t stop thinking of just how brilliant the idea for writing this book was/is. To the best of my knowledge, very few cookbooks have been written on what can be called Swahili Cuisine especially with practical and easy to follow recipes as this one. The few that are in bookshelves and libraries were either not well marketed or they were written specifically for academics or simple tourism purposes and therefore didn’t get a glimpse of a larger audience. Miriam’s book, although written for the west audiences, I believe anyone can relate to it regardless of where they are or coming from.
The end results of what I am trying to say is; even though Swahili Cuisine could be one of the richest [in terms of variety and inter-mingling of cultures] it shamefully still takes a back seat among globally acclaimed cuisines. Taste Of Tanzania is set to change and challenge the status quo.
To achieve that goal and truly put Swahili Recipes on the map, Miriam cleverly uses simplest instructions accompanied with beautiful images to give you an idea about what you should expect if you follow her instructions.
As I mentioned above, I have put almost half of the recipes featured in this book on test. Great news is; they worked 95% of time. By the way I can’t even call myself a below average chef and don’t even let me start to tell you how rebellious I can become when it comes to following instructions.
Wakati wa kuelekea mwisho wa mwaka jana, mitandao ya kijamii ilikuwa na gumzo la kitu kinachoitwa PUKU. Kusema ukweli sikuchukulia sana maanani. Ukiachilia mbali ukweli kwamba huwa sipendi kudandia magari kwa mbele kwa hofu ya kupoteza uhai, miezi ya mwisho wa mwaka huwa yenye pilika nyingi kwangu kupita kiasi.
Miezi kadhaa baadae, nimefanikiwa kutulia, kutuliza akili na kutumia PUKU. Kinachonipa faraja kuandika ninachoandika sio tu kwamba sasa naweza kuwa na uhakika zaidi wa kuwa na simu na vifaa vyangu vingine vyenye chaji ya kutosha, bali kifaa hiki ambacho kinagombaniwa katika masoko ya vifaa vya kisasa vya kieletroniki kimebuniwa na kusimamiwa na mtanzania, kijana mwenzetu Meck Khalfan Mbwana.
Kabla sijaenda mbali zaidi naomba nikuulize, ni mara ngapi imeshakutokea ukajikuta una simu mfukoni ambayo ilishazimika muda mrefu uliopita bila wewe mwenyewe kufahamu kutokana na kuishiwa chaji? Mimi binafsi nikianza kuhesabu idadi ya siku ambazo simu yangu au vifaa vyangu vingine vidogo vidogo vinavyotumia umeme vilipoishiwa chaji[umeme] naweza kukesha hapa.
Mbaya zaidi,mara nyingi vifaa hivi[hususani simu] huishiwa chaji pale ambapo unaihitaji zaidi. Pale ambapo simu muhimu uliyokuwa unaisubiri ndio inaita,ghafla simu yako inakupa ishara kwamba huna hata zaidi ya dakika 2 za maongezi. Itakatika. Pale ambapo unataka kupata maelekezo ya jinsi ya kufika unapokwenda ghafla huna tena mawasiliano. Hasira na jasho jembamba linaanza kukutiririka. Umepotea.
Naamini hata wewe msomaji imeshakutokea mara nyingi. Na katika nchi zetu ambazo upatikanaji wa umeme wa uhakika bado ni tatizo,kero ya kuishiwa na chaji ni kubwa na ya mara kwa mara zaidi. Ni tatizo la kudumu
Ingawa mazingira ninayoyaelezea hapo juu ni ya wazi kuonyesha umuhimu wa kuwa na umeme wa uhakika, ukweli ni kwamba kuishiwa kwa chaji kwenye simu au vifaa vingine vya kielektroniki kunaweza kutokea mahali popote. Hicho ndicho kilimchomkuta Meck Khalfan Mbwana, mtanzania anayeishi nchi Marekani na ambaye hivi sasa anatambulika kama mgunduzi au mtatuzi wa matatizo ya kuishiwa na chaji kwa kutumia kifaa ambacho yeye na mgunduzi mwenzake wamekipa jina la PUKU.
Wakati wa kimbunga kikali kilichoitwa Sandy mwezi Oktoba mwaka 2012, Meck K.Mbwana alikuwa miongoni mwa mamilioni ya wakazi wa majimbo ya New York na New Jersey nchini Marekani waliojikuta hawana umeme na kwa siku kadhaa. Mbaya zaidi, kwa mujibu wa maelezo yake Bw.Khalfan, ndio kwanza yeye na mkewe walikuwa wamebarikiwa kupata mtoto miezi miwili iliyokuwa imepita.
Mahangaiko na bugudha alizozipata zilizaa fikra na ubunifu uliozaa PUKU. Sasa PUKU sio kifaa cha kwanza katika masoko ya vifaa vya kuhifadhia chaji. Kinachokifanya PUKU kiwe tofauti ni umaridadi na uwezo au nguvu kupita takribani vifaa vingine vyote vilivyopo katika masoko.
Mtizame Meck hapo chini akihojiwa kuhusu PUKU. Ukishamaliza bila shaka utakuwa na kila sababu ya kujipatia PUKU. Pia PUKU ni zawadi nzuri kwa yeyote unayemjali. Isitoshe PUKU inaweza kwa kiasi kikubwa kukupunguzia usumbufu unaoupata pindi TAN…wanapokwapua umeme wao. Bonyeza hapa
To a large extent, and for all the right reasons, we all have dreams and aspirations. We are constantly encouraged to dare, dream big and seize any great opportunity that jot in our lives. Dreaming and acting on our dreams or opportunities is only sure way for the complete circle of manifestation.
A few years ago, a young lady from Northern Tanzania, a student/ immigrant in the United Kingdom, saw an opportunity and decided it was time to manifest her passion that was hidden within like a yolk in an eggshell. Her inquisitive mind and positive attitude walked her through. She dumped her own doubts and of her doubters and put her boots on. It was time to prove that with a dream and aspirations, success begins with a great idea.
As a result, we now have The Sporah Show. It’s a newer and comfortable home for people of color in the United Kingdom, on a globally televised Talk Show. It’s her place and our place to share views and ideas. Place to make things happen-for the better. If you want to turn your unproductive hours into time well spent, you are encouraged to tune in to The Sporah Show.
I recently caught up with Sporah Njau [founder and host The Sporah Show] for this candid interview;
BC: Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with me. How are you doing?
SN: I am doing pretty good Jeff. Thanks for having me.
BC: Let’s start with a bit of history… your history. Where were you born and where did you grow up?
SN: I am a ‘God Fearing ‘Christian; I was born in Arusha to a middle class family. Coming from a humble background, I grew up believing that education is very important because it helps to shape life positively; I attended my primary level in Arusha and O level in Dar es Salaam. Then I went to Kampala for my A level and after that I moved to London, England where I graduated with BA at London Metropolitan University.
The actual book hasn’t landed in my hands yet for a much deeper review and comments. I will, therefore, hang on to the externals for now even though just from outside, I can tell it is one of the books I need to have in my kitchen bookshelf alongside other cooking and food books that I already have and uses from time to time.
A fellow blogger,Miriam Kinunda, has finally finished one of her longest dreams. She has published a book titled
Here is Miriam’s video trailer giving a bit of “secrets” for the book.
History has a way of judging people and the world. It could be a good or bad karma. It all depends on how we look and feel about the world and human struggle, ambitions and achievements. When it comes to innovation as far as radios and entertainment industry in Tanzania, for people who follows and understands the history, one name stands out. It’s Joseph Kusaga.I am saying those who remember history because to fully understand where the Kusagas are coming from one has to walk a long line from the days of Mawingu Discos and parties after juggling his own days as a DJ to the days at Investment Tower/House [Kitega Uchumi] where he couldn’t fit 4 presenters at once because the room was so small!
Even though the accolade isn’t always attached to him [he humbly prefers it that way], no one can deny that Kusaga knows how to build a brand. To his business partners, colleagues and friends Kusaga is a visionary they can’t afford to be without.
I recently came across a well written article published on Radio World [the magazine that is considered as number one in the world for radio professionals]. Here is what they had to say.
“Cool. Lovable. Outrageous. Unique. Dynamic. Sound.” That was how Joseph Kusaga, the managing director of Clouds Media Group, came up with the name for his new Swahili-language radio station in Tanzania in 1999.Now he’s in charge of a fast-growing media group that has expanded to include Clouds TV, the English-language radio station Choice FM and event marketing company Primetime Promotions.
Clouds FM was one of the first private radio stations in the country — and part of its early success came from using frequencies at the lower end of the regular FM dial. It recognized that many vehicles in Tanzania had been imported from Japan, and came fitted with radios that only tuned up to 90 MHz. -
Jarida maarufu na linaloaminika na wengi, limeweka orodha mpya ya matajiri 50 wakubwa barani Afrika wakiwemo matajiri wapya 9 na Tanzania ikiongoza kwa kuwa na matajiri wengi wapya ambapo watatu wameingia katika orodha hiyo. Kwa maana hiyo katika matajiri 50 wa barani Afrika Tanzania inao wanne ambao ni Rostam Azizi [ anakadiriwa kuwa na utajiri wa $ 1,000 M], Reginald Mengi [anakadiriwa kuwa na utajiri unaofikia $ 550M], Said Salim Bakhresa [anayekadiriwa kuwa na utajiri wa $500M] na Mohamed Dewji[ anayekadiriwa kuwa na utajiri unaofikia $500M]
Katika orodha hiyo ya matajiri 50 ambayo unaweza kuisoma kwa kubonyeza hapa, raia wa Nigeria Aliko Dangote ndiye anayeendelea kushikilia usukani kwa kuwa na utajiri unaokadiriwa kufikia $ 20,800M.
Kwa mujibu ya maelezo ya Forbes ambayo nayanukuu hapa kama yalivyo, utajiri wa watanzania waliotajwa katika orodha hiyo utajiri wao unatokana na
Rostam Azizi, a fifth generation Tanzanian of Persian origin, is the richest man in Tanzania with a fortune that Forbes pegs at $1 billion. Key assets include a 35% stake in Vodacom Tanzania, the largest mobile phone company in Tanzania, with over 9.5 million subscribers; Caspian Mining, a contract-mining outfit; and a minority interest in a Tanzanian container terminal controlled by Hutchison Whampoa (which is in turn controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing). Azizi also owns real estate in Dubai and Oman.
Reginald Mengi, also from Tanzania, is Africa’s second richest media mogul after South Africa’s Koos Bekker. Mengi’s privately held IPP Group owns 11 prominent national newspapers, three television stations and ten radio stations. Other assets include gold mines, several mining concessions and a Coca-Cola bottling plant. He is worth $550 million by FORBES estimates.
Tanzanian-born Mohammed ‘Mo’ Dewji is one of Africa’s most successful young businessmen. He is the CEO of METL, a large Tanzanian conglomerate with activities in distribution, textiles, manufacturing, agriculture and real estate. His father, Gulam Dewji, started it as a commodities trading business. After Mo finished studying business at Georgetown University, he returned home and took the reins of the business, transforming it into a manufacturing player. He is also a Member of Tanzania’s parliament and has a net worth estimated at $500 million.
The Miss Universe 2013 pageant is airing on Saturday, Nov. 9 from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. Tanzania will be represented by 2013 Miss Universe Tanzania title holder, Betty Boniface Omara.
Now if you came here to read my prediction, you missed something. I learnt long time ago not to place my hopes too high when it comes to beauty pageants. But of course, I wish Betty wins or at least land somewhere in the stars. She gotta shoot for the moon. All the best.
You can check more images and news about Miss Universe through their Official Website.
We are pleased to announce that LB Apparel will be participating in the annual Fairy Tales, Fashion and Philanthropy Fashion show and awards ball. This is an event that brings people together for mutual support, education and inspiration and help raise awareness for equal educational opportunities. The proceeds from this event will go towards buying much needed school supplies for disadvantage youth in the metro Atlanta area. The school supplies will be handed out during a back to school blast in August. LB Apparel will be sponsoring the Alice in Wonderland theme with an LB designed theme inspired collection.
The Fairy Tales, Fashion and Philanthropy: Fashion Show and Awards Ball is an event organized by Higher Family Achievement; a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta. The CEO/Director of Higher Family Achievement Nancy Klausner who is also Mrs. Georgia US United 2012 is an advocate for equal educational opportunities and to eliminate childhood hunger.
Very special guests including mayors, commissioners, and council members are expected at the event.
WHEN: Sunday, July 28, 2013
6:30 pm VIP Cocktail Reception, media interviews, meet and greet, Entry.
7:30 pm Multi-Course Dinner, Fashion show, Awards, Entertainment, Dancing 12:00 midnight – Closing remarks
DRESS CODE: Formal Attire
WHERE: Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom
350 Ferst Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313
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