If you are a smart foodie in Africa, you may understand why I went potty over Irente Delis’ whole oat bars in Dar-es Salaam, and have to broadcast it in this second series of natural goodies available in Tanzania. See part one here.
The organic, nutritionally-dense bars are unique to the region, and made up of East African earthy goodness: local peanuts, baobab flour, fresh coconuts, bananas and dates, created by Austrian Johanna Omere. Read more
All I knew about permaculture was that it was a sustainable way of growing foods.
It sounded complicated.
Then I met Eliza Smith and Sheena Shah, trained by the the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) Kenya.
I learned that permaculture is an old, more conscious approach to farming that got lost along the way, and is now being revived all over the world.
My gluten-free amaranth chapatis fell apart easily when I tried to roll out the dough and ended up in small higgeldy piggeldy shapes – nothing like the traditional round roti you would expect.
But they were deliciously crispy with a nutty taste. Even more so with a light spread of ghee or coconut oil as soon as they came off the tawa (clay pan).
Yet it seems that amaranth has not received much attention in the food world, particularly compared to quinoa. I think that needs to change. Read more