When an email popped up in my inbox inviting me to an East African Supper club co-hosted by Yellow Zebra Safaris, who specialise in designing bespoke, luxury safaris to Africa, and the amazing Culinary Discovery Club, I couldn’t resist a taste from home and it was my first ever East African Supper club! The chef of the evening was Colline from Colline’s Kitchen and I was excited for some home comforts in the menu.
What particularly caught my eye about the event was that the Culinary Discovery Club, who are also a platform for refugee and migrant chefs from across the world allowing them to showcase their cuisine and culture through shared meals, was going to provide hot meals to a local homeless charity for every person that attended.
Yellow Zebra Safaris specialise in safari destinations such as Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, just to name a few. We had a lovely chat with the founder Julian Carter-Manning on the evening, who told us more about the company and their ethos. Having looked at their website they have some fantastic itineraries available and are also able to create bespoke ones based on your specifications.
The venue was Benk and Bo and the table was set so beautifully, adorned with East African flowers!
The menu for the evening was fabulous and I was pleased to spot a firm favourite on it – Mandazi!
We kicked off with a bit of an ice breaker which was great fun, where we had to match cards and then share a fact about the card. This ranged from green bananas to African Wild Dogs! We learned so much about animals, plants, food and destinations in Africa that evening.
Our first course was an interactive one and we made Matooke and Luwombo, which was steamed green bananas served with spiced mushrooms and cooked in banana leaves. It was great fun!
Mchuzi wa Tofu (as a veg option) was mains, with flavours from Tanzania and Kenya. The non veg option was Salmon.
Dessert was Mandazi, my favourite, served with heavenly sweet dips and a refreshing mango sorbet. It was a great alternative to the savoury way in which I love it at Kenya’s coast.
It was a fun evening and nice to experience some new African flavours as well as some beloved ones I have grown up with! Could do with the mandazi all over again! Thank you Yellow Zebra Safaris for the invite.
To find out more about Yellow Zebra Safaris visit https://yellowzebrasafaris.com/tanzania/
Have you ever been on a safari? Let me know xx