Sunday, December 5, 2010

Feel the ugali in your hand!

On the 4th of August, 2010, Kenyans went to the polls that would eventually usher in a new "constitutional dispensation" as those 'political commentators' like to say on TV talk shows. Meanwhile,my friends and i were taking part in an international program for young adults, MAGiS2010 Hungary, rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, in the Hungarian town of Csobanka. With us were pilgrims from Ireland, Australia and Hungary, making a total of about 20.
The Kenyan group of four was however, very much preoccupied with events taking place in our homeland, hoping that the vote would be peaceful, and thankfully it was. I kept checking the online Kenyan newspapers to get the latest news and exit polls.
That morning, we decided we would share something cultural from Kenya with our friends. First, the main intention for the Eucharistic celebration was for our country.
The Mass
Later that evening we cooked a Kenyan dish; ugali with traditional vegetables (which we found in a farm nearby, and which would pass for weeds in Hungary) and scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions.
Ugali, pronounced: uuh-gah-lee and not 'you-gah-lie', as most Americans would say, is made from maize flour, in boiling water, stirred until it becomes stiff and left to simmer for a few minutes. This is not a cookery class and so i will not delve into explaining how to prepare it!

The meal
 Anyway, back to the story; the meal was served and i had to introduce it, and in a few minutes, the bowls and plates were cleared by some hungry souls, who said it was very delicious. Most importantly, no one reported any stomach discomforts the next day! My Australian rafiki, James O'Brien, was so kind to send me the link to the video he recorded when i was explaining away-and it gives me great pleasure to now share it with you here:

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