Lazy Sunday afternoon

Lazy Sunday afternoon

John and Emily's family at Namirembe

John and Emily’s family at Namirembe

My hosts for sunday afternoon tea - preparing "green bananas"

My hosts for sunday afternoon tea – preparing “green bananas”

I have been honoured to meet many local people during my volunteering and travelling and they have always been so generous to me. As an example, I’d just like to share an invitation I took up to travel to Namirembe outside Bungoma to spend some time one Sunday afternoon. My hosts John & Emily were local farmers cultivating about 2 acres of sugar cane. I was served a wonderful meal of Kuku (chicken), rice and green bananas all washed down with lashings of hot Chai (Kenyan tea which is made with 50%/50% mix of milk and water and is a sweet delight. Green bananas (may be plaintains?) when boiled ending up tasting like potatoes with a sweet taste of butter …. Yum !

 

Green bananas and a nice cup of Chai

Green bananas and a nice cup of Chai

We shared a great afternoon , discussing Kenyan politics, corruption and farming (I grew up on a farm you know!) which included a leisurely stroll around the farm , when “Mr Mzungu” again attracted a crowd of local kids.

Kenya may not be rich in infrastructure or resources for healthcare but it’s people are rich in hospitality, concern for each other and a warm peacefulness. I just love sitting about chatting as they do. And they luxuriate in warm sunshine every day…..

Jambo Jimbo eats Sugar Cane!

Jambo Jimbo eats Sugar Cane!

I have observed many Kenyans eating raw sugar cane as a mobile fast food snack, and this was the day I finally got to try it! Only I assumed you swallowed the husk as good roughage but no …… you are only supposed to suck the sugary, watery juice. Oops, schoolboy error there Jambojimbo.