Week 72. Zimbabwe. Nyma ye Huju with Sadza

Zimbabwe

I’m back blogging. I had a brief spell where life got a bit busy but I have fought back and I’m ready to go again. In my twenties I had no idea how tough life could get, how busy it could become and how tired it was possible to get, but we are working this out now and working out how to fight back. In my opinion the answer is to go outside, suck in the air and get pretty cold. Go and refresh your stressed out brain.

Our house was pretty stressed this morning as we have had a shitty time post-Christmas. Everyone has been ill and we have been largely house bound. We decided that we needed to refresh our brains big time so we headed off to the coast. It’s winter, its cold, its grey and it was an hour and a half drive, but it was worth it. Just standing by the sea you feel all your stresses go. The cold wind freezes your troubles and puts a perspective on it all. I’m not intending on being a weird preacher about how I can solve your issues by throwing you on a beach, but it works for us and we feel great tonight. Here is a photo of how the family enjoyed it.

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I’m going to write the rest of this quite quickly as whilst enjoying the time on the beach we all had a £1 microwaved hot-dog from a shack. The food poisoning is likely to hit some time soon.

Zimbabwe was an interesting choice for the first entry of 2013. Formerly British, it was made independent in 1980 and handed over to the safe keeping of Robert Mugabe – who we also knighted as one of the leaders against the White Domination in his country. Since 1980 his disgusting leadership has presided over economic downfall, racism, torture and the murder of white farmers by mobs. He rules a beautiful country and has driven it into the ground.  In 2008 he was accused of ordering a militia to murder the wife of his political rival by cutting her hands and feet off and burning her alive. I’ve said it before and I will again and this is never going to be a political blog – but Mugabe is a vile human.

The national dish of Zimbabwe is Sadza, which is Cornmeal. I didn’t think a plate of Cornmeal would be great to write about – so I looked for a dish which might have been eaten with it.

Nyma ye Huju is a Zimbabwean Chicken Stew and it was deliciously fresh whilst being full of chilli. I’m not a fan of Cornmeal. Its wallpaper paste. Put a nice stew on it and it doesn’t improve it – it just means you have to have wallpaper paste with your stew. I would definitely make the Stew again but would have it with rice or even pasta.

Recipe:

  • Cornmeal
  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Ripe Tomatoes
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 1 Onion
  • 1.5 Inches Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Hot Chilli
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Handful Chopped Parsley

Steps

  • Chop the tomatoes and sweat them in oil for 5 mins
  • Add the chopped onion, diced spring onion, diced ginger, chilli and the black pepper. Simmer gently for 5 more minutes.
  • Add in the parsley and season with salt. If the sauce seems thick, add in a little boiled water and then add the diced chicken. Simmer for 25 mins.
  • Whilst the Stew is simmering, boil 700g of water and put into saucepan. Add 400g of Cornmeal and stir thoroughly. It will quickly start to thicken and after a minute or so add another 300g of boiling water. Constantly stir until it starts to come away from the side of the pan. At this point it is done, so take it out and pop it into the oven to keep warm until the stew is ready. Pour the stew on top.
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2 thoughts on “Week 72. Zimbabwe. Nyma ye Huju with Sadza

  1. Hi Joe,
    Stumbled upon your blog while looking for more info on a scene from the movie “A Good Year”. It’s on my bucket list to visit a few places from the movie. What a bonus to find your blog. I’m an ok cook, mostly healthy versions of some of moms dishes. I love other countries and hope to travel to Europe sometime soon. Luv the pictures! I live near the beach close to Venice Beach, California, thanks for reminding me how healing it can be. Cheers!
    Felicia Craggs

    • That’s really kind of you. I love it when I get comments from around the world. Mum’s cooking is always the best….but getting your own catalogue is a lovely starting point.

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