Our neighbor gave us lemons. So, though I don’t bake much anymore (for healthier living), I pulled a cookbook off the shelf for a lemon bar recipe. Tattered and held together with a rubber band, it and two others were mainstays in my kitchen for many years in Africa. They are unique cookbooks because their recipes call for simple, basic ingredients. I depended on them when we had no access to processed or pre-packaged foods I now take for granted. Nowadays I go to them for favorite or international recipes.
When I open these books I see smudges and stains, and like perusing an album of memories, I recall special events, calamities and critters in the kitchen, friends, and much more of my life in Africa.
These cookbooks bring to mind the time when I had to live with less, making do with what we had. Today I have more and must choose to live with less. My neighbor gave me lemons, so now I’m going to get busy making those lemon bars to share.
April 3, 2020 at 3:04 pm
I’m from Kenya and have been searching for ages for the Kijabe Cookbook. Any way you can snap a picture of the chocolate cake recipe and email it to me? – that was my favourite growing up!
April 9, 2020 at 7:14 am
Hello Leona. There are four chocolate cake recipes. I’m happy to send whatever you need.