Some Vegemite arrived in the post recently, thanks to a generous supporter, and we figured it was a good opportunity to try it out on our Tanzanian friends. We were surprised that they loved it! Cheese, on the other hand, earned polite distaste.
Meanwhile, I cooked up some dagaa, tiny little dried fish from lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi), but with mango rather than the traditional tomatoes and onion. Despite the abundance of mango, Tanzanians don’t cook with it, they only eat them raw. However, that could change! It turned out that the mango dagaa were a hit and I got requests for instructions on how to cook it!
Other recent hits have been multigrain bread (Tanzanian bread is typically white and very dry), and eggplant slice. This was a version on zucchini slice, but using the vegetable that was in season. I got myself a bit confused trying to explain the difference between a cake, a slice and a muffin. Tanzanians call pretty much anything baked a cake, whether or not it’s sweet.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.