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Ideas for a Zambian Themed Party
Zambia is a land-locked country in Southern Africa. To the North it shares borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, to the East lie Malawi and Mozambique, in the West is Angola, and in the South Zambia shares borders with Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia gained independence in 1964. Zambia's most important export and source of revenue is copper mining, from which the National Team's nickname of "the copper bullets" comes.
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Food for a Zambia Themed PartyCentral to Zambia's native cuisine is nshima (or nsima), a sort of porridge made from ground maize. A thin version, perhaps with sugar, is often eaten for breakfast, and then thicker versions – the consistency of mashed potatoes – would be eaten for lunch and dinner, usually accompanied by "relish" - a soup or stew made of meat or fish and tomatoes. Peanuts (groundnuts), rice and sweet potatoes are all popular ingredients in Zambian cuisine, and in fact ground peanuts (ground groundnuts?!) or peanut powder is a very popular flavouring for soups and stews. Other popular vegetables include pumpkin leaves and sweet potato leaves, which aren't widely available in the West, but we can substitute spinach, chard or kale, so don't be put off trying the recipes just because of that.
Try some of these next time "The Copper Bullets" are playing:
Drink for a Zambian Themed PartyBeer is universally popular in Zambia, and there seem to be two types - "clear" and "opaque". The opaque beers are locally produced, often unbranded, and often made from maize. They tend to be cheaper and drunk by the locals - apparently they are quite thick and bitter in flavour. The clear beers are more like European lagers. The three most well-known brands are actually produced in Zambia under license from South African breweres; Mosi, Rhino and Castle Lager . In addition to beer, there are a number of traditional drinks - some alcoholic and some not - such as maheu, munkoyo, thobwa and katata, which are made from the locally available ingredients such as maize and millet, but not available outside Zambia. Many are made from scratch by the women of the households, and enjoyed at the end of a day's work. The local spirit - kachasu - is made from anything that is available, there is no set recipe, and has been described as the most fearsome firewater; it may be a good thing that it is rarely exported! Fruit juices and bottled sodas are popular thirst quenchers in the heat of the Zambian day.