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The Chapo Challenge!


About 2 weeks ago we celebrated Kenya’s independence day, called Madaracka Day. I decided to celebrate in my own unique way and do a fun experiement along Olympic road in Kibera, around where CTM is. With a blue grocery bag, a few shillings, and a perminant marker SHem and I headed out on a mission to find the best chapati along Olympic. We went to 6 different places, bought one chapo at each and labeled it with the name of the place before slipping it into the bag.

Our Candidates: Abondos, Terminus, Bredan, Olympic Hotel, Mama Joni’s, and some hotel that starts with a K but I know where it is.

We took them back to the house and I chopped 2 pieces of each, put them on plates and labeled where each chapati was from on the bottom of the plate right underneath it. Then we tasted… one at a time, taking careful “tasting notes” as we went… which is the softest, tastiest, sweetest chapati on Olympic? Shem and I rated each one and put the six in order from best to worst. We agreed on all except 2 for the final lineup. But we agreed on the top 2…

Best Chapati- Olympic Hotel, Second Best- Brendan

I’d say this experiment was a huge success because the 2 top chapos were from places I’d never eaten before. Plus the answer to this question was pretty important since I am always in Kibera and my favorite food is chapati- so now I know exactly where to go to get the best! Next food contest will be to find the best coconut scone in town…


Clive’s Matoke


During the time Katherine and Andrea were here, my friend Clive got to know them and offered to make us Matoke- Ugandan Style! It was really fun to watch the whole process and I was so happy that my friend Bethany was also visiting Nairobi to join us!

  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 4 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped into quarters
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 TBSP Royco
  • 21/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (mix with a bit of water to make a paste)
  • 18 green bananas (enough for 7 people)
  1. Heat oil is a large saucepan. Then add onion and carrot, cooking until golden brown.
  2. Add tomatoes and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, pepper, curry, and Royco and stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Now add water and whole, peeled bananas. Cover and let the mixture boil and cook the banana’s for about 20 minutes, untli soft.
  5. Add the peanut butter paste to the bananas and mix together before serving.