Initially Lilongwe was supposed to be an overnight stop on our long journey to Dar Es Salaam but a series of delays and logistical issues kept us in the Malawi capital a few more days than we expected but how INSPIRED it has been in this city for #teamNCUBE here are a few things we LOVED!
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
We met a new friend called Janet in Malawi yesterday and she promised to show us some amazing ingredients she uses in her TRADITIONAL MALAWI RESTAURANT. This was an awesome experience and will certainly add value and inspiration to my cooking when I am in Mana Pools this JUNE on my 30 day adventure at Kanga Camp
Really so excited that I will be cooking at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools for 30 days in June. So right now I am on tour around Africa checking out ideas from local food markets like this one in AREA 13 in LILONGWE Malawi.
From 1-30 June I will be the resident CHEF and COMEDIAN at one of the most luxurious CAMPS in Zimbabwe called KANGA CAMP in the picturesque Mana Pools. I thought I would share with you 10 things I am looking forward to when I go there. I am currently travelling Africa soaking up ideas of what I will be cooking and jokes I will be telling on this 30 day adventure with my wife Nelsy Ncube.
Cooking on Fire
I have been travelling all over Africa since January cooking on different types of fires and contraptions getting ideas on how to create authentic African cuisine with a WORLDY familiarity.
Mana Pools is very much a a gem in the Zimbabwean tourism landscape rarely appreciated by its locals but greatly revered by foreigners. This 30 day period in the bush certainly gives me the opportunity to marvel at some of God’s creations and certainly understand the importance of preserving this vastly rich ecosystem of flora and fauna.
I love performing to large crowds and been fortunate to perform for over 5000 people in my career so this time it will be awesome to sit around a campfire and make people laugh. My friends Janine and James Varden introduced me to doing campfire stand up comedy and I have been addicted to performing to intimate smaller numbers of people ever since.
This experience over 30 days allows me to do over 40 recipes and having my camera recording all this content I will not only be able to work on my brand new cook book but also a television series as well.
So I understand African Bush Camps have a series of charter planes and routes to their camps and so am looking forward to having a more intimate flight experience on their charter plane from Victoria Falls and hopefully enjoy chilling in their brand new VIP LOUNGES in the brand new Victoria Falls Airport.
So we are going to be staying in one of the 7 luxurious tents at KANGA. When it comes to staying in the great outdoors, for me GLAMPING is the way to go if you are a beginner like me. Where we are staying is definitely one of my highlights I am looking forward to because those tents look so AMAZEBALLS.
Outdoor showers and bath tubs
I saw some outdoor showers and tubs on the Facebook page of Kanga Camp and I am definitely looking forward to soaking in one of the outdoor tubs feeling like one with nature although I won’t spend too much time in there lest the lions think I am steeping in marinade.
Being off the Grid
This 30 day period gives me sometime to not answer any emails or phonecalls. I do have access to the internet but will only be using that time to post wonderful pictures but not spend time watching the drama of the world. I am so happy the tents have no television to be honest.
Spending time with my wife
Nelsy and I will be at Kanga together and we are going to have time to continue to dream and reflect on the many blessings we have enjoyed in our time being homeless.
Please follow the following hashtags so you can be updated on my activities at KANGA CAMP from 1-30 june #CarlatKANGA #CountdownTOkanga #CarlsTRAVELvlog #CarlCanCook or visit my BLOG www.carljoshuancube.weebly.com
in JUNE this year check out my home for 30 days! I will be the resident comedian and chef while I work on my next cook book! This wonderful place is called Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe....we will sleep in beautiful TENTS, cook by fire mostly and watch the ANIMALS in this amazing NATIONAL park