26th July 2017 victoria

Don’t throw your overripe bananas away! Make banana bread out of it instead. This takes 5 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook.   Ingredients 3 ripe bananas – the riper the better 2 eggs 100g sugar 100g softened butter 350-400g plain flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional) 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 1 tablespoon vanilla essence ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon of baking powder   Recipe Mash up bananas with a fork. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Mix together softened butter (room temperature) sugar and eggs. Put the butter, sugar and eggs mix in with the mashed bananas….

19th July 2017 victoria

This story was published as The Sneetches and Other Stories in 1953 by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. It was released into a world that had recently suffered the traumas of the war of the century, World War II. And befittingly, The Sneetches tells a story of diversity and shines light on the topics of discrimination and prejudice which are major contributors to the cause of war. Expertly, Dr. Seuss conveys these complex issues through a simple story written in rhyme that children as young as five years of age can comprehend. I read this story to…

19th July 2017 victoria

Here’s another simple and quick recipe that’s ready to eat in 15 minutes. This will make enough for 2 people.   Ingredients: 12-16 king prawns 50g tenderstem broccoli (or ordinary broccoli) A couple of tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce 80g bulgur wheat A couple of spoons of sunflower oil Seasoning salt   Recipe: Cook the bulgur wheat according to the instructions on the packet with a pinch of salt. It should take about 10-15 minutes to cook. Heat a tablespoon of sunflower oil in a pan and when hot add the tenderstem broccoli, seasoning salt, and cook on a medium-high…

19th July 2017 victoria

Why did I pick up this book? Quite simply, because the author’s name jumped out at me. Yaa Gyasi. It’s a Ghanaian name, from the Ashanti tribe, where my family is from. Homegoing is her phenomenal debut novel. That was my initial reason for picking it up: a Ghanaian name. Then I read the blurb which summed up the story in something along the lines of the Gold Coast, America, slavery and family tree and now I was really intrigued. I’ve always been curious about African and American relations as it pertains to the traditional trans-Atlantic slave trade which spanned…

12th July 2017 victoria

Published three decades ago in 1987, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe was inspired by folklore collected and recorded by South African historian George McCall Theal in the late 19th century. Mufaro’s Beautfiul Daughters is Steptoe’s most popular work, noted for both the story and illustrations, and when you read it you’ll see why it’s a favourite amongst children and adults alike. This story set in Zimbabwe tells the tale of sisters going head to head for the position of Queen in the big city. This competition becomes a test of character and eventually goodness triumphs over ugliness. This is…