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Bajaj, madam?

The other morning was quiet and although humid, it was not very hot. According to the local weather forecast, a 40 percent chance of rain was predicted…


Bean there, haven’t done that

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! This decadent chocolate cake is sweet, moist, and flour-less. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are the base to this recipe, and while that…


The greeting ritual

Greeting words are arguably the most important in Kiswahili. Walking around, one is always being greeted by other pedestrians and people sitting around. It is much appreciated…


Dramatic, crunchy hummus

A new twist on an old favourite. Beets add a dramatic deep colour to an otherwise ordinary hummus. I particularly like the crunchy cashew topping. It looks…


Dong Xing Road

Road construction is mostly done by manpower and unprotected hands by workers wearing large gumboots and sometimes a cap or helmet. Often simple tools are used and once in…



The place to be

Sundays, the beach is the place to be. From late afternoon visitors start to stream in, coming from far and wide. There are those walking in slippers…


It’s time for Lushoto plums

It’s the time of year for sweet and juicy oh-so-yummy Lushoto plums, which are available briefly from around January to March. This recipe combines the best in…


Make your mornings easier

Eating a healthy breakfast can be challenging when early mornings leave little time for preparation. This tasty and nutritious overnight oats recipe can be made entirely the…