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Maasai food and cooking
Some may think the Maasai diet as strictly blood and milk. In fact, the Maasai eat a variety of foods.
And they cook their food on stoves inside their dwellings.
One popular dish is Ugali, actually a Tanzanian dish, which is made from cornmeal. Another is a bean and corn stew. A fancier meal might have rice, goat meat, or beef.
Ugali – serves 8
Inspired by the Soul of a New Cuisine, by Marcus Samuelsson
1 cup very fine cornmeal (NOT coarse or stone-ground)
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Combine cornmeal and water in a large pot. Stir well and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper, reduce heat, simmer, and stir constantly to break up any lumps and prevent burning until thickened, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Either mound on a plate for community sharing with curries and other dishes on the side, or roll into balls for individual servings.
Maasai games and sport
– reported by Bob Lange
Project headquarters are in Monduli town, which is quiet and pleasant, but where there is not much to do outside the home.
The men of the town enjoy watching Barclay’s Premier League soccer games on television, and all have favorite teams, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea in the lead.
Winsi’s Bar & Restaurant is the best place to go and join about 200 fans who really care.
The Maasai Stoves & Solar staff visit Winsi’s, fans or not, for a nice diversion from long hours of work at the project headquarters and factory.
There is a soccer field near our house where town teams practice and hold a game about once a week.
In the villages, the Maasai boys play soccer. They make soccer balls out of balls of rags, as is done all over Africa, and a few have a real soccer ball.
I have never seen girls playing here.