Porridge (uji), not the most exciting breakfast for most people. I enjoy it though. Most especially the way my mother makes it. Once it’s cooked she adds butter, sugar, sour milk and lemon juice. It’s so yummy! Have you ever eaten anything that caused a tingling in that space below your ear just behing the jaw bone? This is one of those for me. And I like it nice and thick.
One morning in October last year I was thinking about what to make for breakfast and it occurred to me that I hadn’t made porridge yet. I got really excited, mostly for him, he had probably eaten porridge before but not like my mother makes it. I was sure he would love it!
Shock on me! The man didn’t even taste it (-_-) He made it clear that he has never liked porridge and would not be forced to eat it in his own house!
Fast forward 8 months. We went to shagz to visit his parents during the long Madaraka Day weekend. While we were there, his mother made some brown porridge for breakfast. I wasn’t sure what to expect so I just waited. He drank it without a single complaint and then said
this is the porridge I like. You can make this one!
uhm, yeah sure, OK.
It was such a lovely day outside, I focused on it. Besides, at least now I know which porridge to make. I had a conversation about it later with his mother, she said he didn’t like the brown uji when he was younger. The man is allowed to change his mind I suppose (^_^)
Fast forward 2 weeks. His mother comes to visit us in Nairobi and brings lots of goodies from shagz. Matoke, beans and sweet bananas. Nice and fresh from her shamba. And to my delight, some of her wimbi mix.
I say hers because she makes her own. She told me she washes and sun dries the wimbi. Then sun dries some cassava (which she also grows) and pounds it to small pieces in a kinu. She then combines the pounded cassava with the dried wimbi and takes it to get milled and voila!
So I made the brown uji for breakfast last week. I’ve eaten it before but never made it myself. Figured it couldn’t be too complicated.
When it was done I called him to come get breakfast …
what’s for breakfast?
what? Is there anything else?
But it’s the one you like!
yeah, but you didn’t ask me if I want porridge!
Since when do I ask you what you want for breakfast?!
but you usually make nice stuff!
It’s the porridge you said you like!!!
OK OK! I’ll drink some, then I’ll have tea after! … With some cake!
I laughed on the inside. Figured if I look back a year from now I would laugh so I might as well laugh now. Some battles just aren’t meant to be won,… or maybe they’re not battles at all.
it’s too thick!
I like it thick! But then again I like a lot of thick heavy creamy stuff which he stays away from. I guess I’ll be making it thin next time.
I looked around online and found a site with an uji wa ulezi recipe, check it out.