Performing in a Bar for CHARITY
So we were really just supposed to be hosted by someone and perform comedy in their home but we were made aware of a desperate need by a family to raise money for their brother who needs urgent surgery so it quickly turned into a bar performance and a hat was passed around for donations and am reliably informed we raised about $800.
Cooking on a MBAULA
I got to be introduced to cooking on a MBAULA by a new friend Sarah who explained how it is setup and how long charcoal can last in one of these home made stoves. I made a mango beef stew with rosemary potatoes and a salad.
Area 13 Food Courts
Janet who has become a new foodie sister from another mother took us to this awesome traditional spot in Area 13. This dusty area has shacks set up as restaurants and in there is a collection of wonderful and weird foods that celebrate the local and traditional cuisine of Malawi. Chicken feet wrapped in intestines steamed then finished off on a braai stand and basted wonderfully with a secret sauce…that kind of stuff!
The Food Markets
I was being hosted as well by an old school friend and chef but also General Manager of Crossroads Hotel. He took me out to see the local markets to get an appreciation of the ingredients that go into the traditional Malawi food. What an amazing experience, the best of which was seeing the little restaurants that seat max 4 people on a bench so you can choose which Malawi Mama you would love to cook your food…simply amazing!
Kamuzu Banda’s GRAVE
I got the opportunity to check out the grave of the founding father of Malawi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. This imposing multi storey shrine, has a guide who will take you through the history of this African revolutionary, tales of his 30 day walk form Malawi to Zimbabwe (Nyasaland and Southern Rhodesia as it was in the past)
Talking about Daliso Chaponda in Malawi
So as you know one of my comedy brothers and friends, Daliso Chaponda just got a golden buzzer on Britain’s got talent. He is from Malawi and it was awesome to walk around name dropping every second chance I got. I also got to show off about Directing and Producing one of his DVD’s.
We were staying in one of the Executive Suites at the wonderful and always busy Crossroads Hotel. Super comfortable and convenient, I find myself preferring suites to hotel rooms because I can have guests over to have meetings and you get two televisions, one in the lounge for me and one in the bedroom for Nelsy. Oh and by the way, they have the best chicken wings ever...oh and great indian restaurant oh and the chinese food is awesome.
One of the first places we had something to eat was at this really cool spot nestled in the LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE is Koko Bean which served us an awesome CHAMBO and CHAMBO TACO, the real star for me was their CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER omg super amazeballs.
The Nthalo Experience
Education is important for any foodie and so my brain was overloaded by my Nthalo Experience. Nthalo is more than just a traditional food place in Lilongwe. This little gem has food with bags of authentic african flavour and they put the cherry on the cake by teaching you their passion for using local ingredients. They have this awesome display of local ingredients that will have you inspired to re create some amazing African dishes and celebrate African food.
Malawi Gin and Carlsberg STOUT
I don't have much to say but you definately need to get your hands on this fragrant GIN...have it with anything you like its super awesome...I don't care what some have said about it Carl Joshua Ncube LOVES IT and the STOUT was awesome...not as awesome as David Levinsohn's STOUT but almost as good!
We continue on our journey to Dar Es Salaam and we keep our minds and hearts open to new adventures as I seek inspiration for my 30 day cooking experience at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools this JUNE. Please follow the#CountdownToKANGA hashtag or #CarlsTRAVELvlog on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM