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Life at Sseko, The Ugandan Cookbook, Uganda

Morning Tea at Sseko

The moment the door to the Sseko workshop opens each morning, there is a flurry of activity as everyone rises from their seats on the front stoop and rushes into the break room to set the water boiling for tea. While the kettles bubble away, Matilda fills the mugs with a sprinkle of loose leaf tea- and a heaping spoonful of sugar.

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Container lids pop and plastic bags rustle, and the air is filled with scent of baked, fried and steaming foods, nearly a different dish for every woman in the room. Continue Reading

Life at Sseko, The Ugandan Cookbook, Uganda

Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Samosas

Here’s another great Ugandan recipe to try!

Samosas are a common snack food you can buy at stalls on the side of the road. They’re inexpensive and delicious, so always a hit with the Sseko ladies. There are generally two types of Samosas, beef or vegetable, and the mixture of spicy vegetables and/or meat is wrapped in a thin sheet of pastry and then fried.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!
Samosas | Ugandan Cookbook

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Thanksgiving Dinner :: Uganda Style

This Thanksgiving we decided to do a little something special for our Sseko ladies and give them a taste of American Thanksgiving!

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Our three in house American’s (Emily, Designer // Nicole, Design Intern // Rose, Director of Programs and Communications) whipped up a feast of some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes and the ladies couldn’t wait to dig in! With some creativity and some this-is-africa kinds of experiences (including buying a live chicken and watching its head and feathers come off before our very eyes) we were able to recreate a little American Thanksgiving spirit.

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Happy Thanksgiving Uganda Style!

Life at Sseko, The Ugandan Cookbook, Uganda

Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Groundnut Sauce with Pocho and Matooke

This week we’re sharing a recipe for Groundnut Sauce with Pocho and Matooke. This is a very common and widely enjoyed staple in Uganda, and we’re excited to share it with you so you can give it a try!

Groundnut Sauce is made from, well, groundnuts. They are a smaller version of a peanut that resemble and taste like a peanut, but are from a different legume family. G-nuts, as we call them in Uganda, are eaten as a snack, whipped up into g-nut butter, or made into a sauce and poured over the starchy staple of a meal, such as pocho or matooke. Pocho is finely ground white cornmeal made from maize that is widely grown throughout Africa. Matooke is a dish of boiled plantains, whole or mashed.

See the photos and recipes below for more detailed instructions and let us know what you think!

 Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Groundnut Sauce with Pocho and Matooke | Sseko Designs
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Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Aunt Sarah’s Rice and Cabbage

Aunt Sarah’s Rice and Cabbage is a what we eagerly await all week long here at the Sseko workshop, and we are so excited when Friday rolls around and she starts whipping up her signature dish. Do you like trying new things? Do you want to try an easy to make meal packed full of vegetables? Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!

 

 Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Aunt Sarah's Rice and Cabbage | Sseko Designs
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Sseko Recipe Spotlight :: Rolex

Want to know what we love eating in Uganda? And try some of the recipes yourself? We’re so excited to share some of our favorites with you!

Rolex is a common street food here in Uganda. You can get them at little stands along the side of the road and at busy intersections. A rolex is a sort of breakfast burrito or rolled omelet. Rolex literally is a “roll of eggs”, and when said quickly in a Lugandan accent, comes out “rolex”. It has nothing to do with knockoff watches.

Try out this recipe and let us know what you think!

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