Few weeks ago, when it was our cooking class, we got to meet a volunteer from Ghana. At the beginning she introduced us Ghana’s traditions and different foods and then she introduced us what we were going to cook. So the meal was made of fried bananas and some spicy sauce called „red-red“. It was a bit surprising that African people don’t eat bananas as a dessert. Bananas are considered as a salty food or a dish.
When it was time to start cooking, we were told what to do and then we started. At first, some of us fried the raw bananas and the others were making the sauce. Our food was smelling so good that some teachers even came and peeked into our kitchen to see what we were doing. Besides cooking African food, we got to hear different stories about volunteering life in Africa. Finally it was time to eat our delicious meal and we were positively surprised about the good taste of fried bananas with „red-red“ sauce. We are thankful for that fun experience.
Material: beans, sweet potatoes, milk, simsim (sesame seeds), firewood, salt and water
Prepare beans, wash them, put them in a clean sufuria (bowl), put enough water, then light fire and put on sufuria. Let it take 2 hours, then put in sweet potatoes, which have been chopped and washed properly. It will take 1 hour to be ready, then cook it the way you cook ugali almost 1 hour. Then it will be ready to eat. We call it Omushenye in our language.
Prepare simsim, wash them properly, put them in a clean sufuria and put it on fire to make them dry. After that put them in a container called Eshinu in our language and start mixing by using a heavy stick until it becomes soft like heavy porridge. Therefore take clean cups and put in milk. The food now is ready to eat. This food is carrying nutrients, energy and vitamins to make body healthy and strong. In our culture this food is prepared in special occations. During the time we cooked it at school, pupils and teachers were happy, because it is a respectful food.
We had beans, sweet potatoes, mashed simsim (sesame seeds). We started to boil beans almost 1 hour, after that you put there sweet potatoes, then you mash together like ugali (maize meal in Kenya). After that you try simsim and mash. This is food in our language called Omushenye.
This food is carrying out nutrition and makes the body to be strong. This is the traditional food and also food for our visitors which is carrying carbohydrates and fats.
It is the best nutritional food in our culture in Africa.
Together with Rise and Shine special school we prepared Omushenye with sour milk. Omushenye is a Kiluhya (tribe in Kenya) well liked sweet meal witch is prepared for supper. It makes one satisfied and contains nutrients for body growth and development. It contains carbohydrates, proteines, minerals. Omushenye comprises of beans and sweet potatoes. They are cooked differently by boiling and later mashed together till they are mixed evenly to be one. It’s left to cool then served as main meal with sour milk or any drink one can prefear for. It boasts body growth due to the extra suppliments in them.
Mashed bananas are prepared by peeling the outer cover, washed, then boiled, mashed, left to cool, then served with omufuluko (marshed groundnuts which have been roasted)
Ugali and local vegetable (murere) is mostly to the old aged people. It’s very nutritious and easy to prepare. Murere is a local green vegetable which grows even without planting. It needs lett attention and can survive in any weather condition. Preparing murere is easy. It’s boiled with local burnt ash from bean leaves, it becomes ready after some minutes and served after cooling with ugali or mashed bananas.
Sour milk is a luhya drink liked by most of the people. It’s a drink drunk by any age-group, because it contains nutritive forming microorganisms which builds up and boost body growth. During its preparation fresh milk is put in guard (Eshimuka) and left to stay there for some three to five days. The guard is shaken smoothly on the thighs to make the milk to taste sweet and smooth to the tongue. One can drink without adding sugar or add depending on one’s taste and choice. Sour milk can be drunk with potatoes, ugali, bananas, yams (nduma) or drunk without any solid food. Taste sour milk and can not miss to have it for meal as it contains proteins, vitamins and calcium in it.
How to you call a fried cake in your country? A pancake? A doughnut? Something else? We, in Ghana, Upper East region, call fried beans-flour-cake as “koosi“. We don’t eat “koosi” every day, it is a dish for special occasions. Today was special occasion for us – we, the 3rd grade students from Sekoti Junior High School (in Estonia 9th grade) prepared our national dish in front of our school house, under the tree.
There were following people in our cooking team:
two teachers who guided us (but we did all by ourselves)
Cooks: Alice, Martha, Jennifer, Grace and two Mary’s.
The process was fun and the result tasty. Actually, the volunteer from Estonia, Liina, said that “koosi” was the best national dish she has tasted in Africa so far!
Isn’t it delicious?
Yes? Yes! Watch the video and find out how we prepared “koosi“!
School lunch Students from Daborin Primary School wrote about their (school)days and how Mondo-supported school lunch has helped them.
Yandoug Isaac (Form 6): When I get up at home in the morning I wash and come early to school. I got number from school. Before the assembly we have to sweep the school houses. After the assembly – lessons. 1.15 PM is first break, after first break classes and in the second break we get some food from the cooks. Sometimes we get „banku“, sometimes rice and beans, sometimes TZ. We enjoy it very much. It helps us because of school lunch we come to school and stay here until they close the school. My favourite food is rice and beans. I like rice and beans because if I eat beans every day it is very good to my body and to my blood and rice too is nice food.
Tilagmi Justina Yenbctil (Form 6): I come to school early. We are given brooms and we have to sweep the floors. We eat at 12.23. I like most banku and groundnut soup! Our school lunch menu of the week was:
Rice and stew
Banku and groundnut soup (my favourite!!!)
Beans and rice
TZ and groundnut soup
Rice and geari
Kunubil Solomon (Form 6): When I get up in the morning before sun rise I wash my face. I take my breakfast. When it’s 6:00 I start going to school. When it’s 6:30 we will start sweeping the compound and picking the garbage. After 12:45 we will take lunch. The food helps us so many things. If we get up early in the morning and don’t eat anything, but at 12:45 now we eat lunch. After taking lunch, when it is 2:15 we will ring the bell for assemble and after that we go home. So food is very important and it is very tasty too. Thank you very much for what you have done for us.
We, 6th grade students from Daborin Primary School, also painted some pictures about food. The materials (watercolours, brushes, papers, oil pastels etc) we used for drawings were brought from Estonia as a gift for us. Afterwards we made an exhibition in the classroom. And now you have the chance to see a short video about our drawings and listen to the African music at the same time.
Have a pleasant time with our electronical art exhibition!