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One of many traditional Swahili fish dishes from Zanzibar island. Samaki is the Swahili word for fish and mchuzi means curry (or gravy, sauce, soup). A fish curry from Zanzibar shouldn't come as a surprise, since Zanzibar is an African island in the Indian Ocean.
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Between 1856 and 1859 Richard Francis Burton traveled from Zanzibar to Lake Tanganyika and back, and then wrote The Lake Regions of Central Africa: A Picture of Exploration (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860; reprinted by Dover Publications, and by Scholarly Press). He observed the tamarind tree, native to Africa, and commented on it: (You've tasted tamarind if you've had Worcestershire sauce. Interesting reading, the ingredients on a bottle of Worcestershire sauce.)
... there was a sprinkling of the fine tamarinds which have lent their name to the district. The tamarind, called by the Arabs of Zanzibar "subar," extends from the coast to the lake regions: with its lofty stem, its feathery leaflets, and its branches spreading dark cook shade, it is a beautiful feature in African landscape. The acidulated fruit is doubtless a palliative and a corrective to bilious affections. The people of the country merely peel and press it into bark baskets; consequently it soon becomes viscid, and is spoiled by mildew; they ignore the art of extracting from it an intoxicating liquor. The Arabs, who use it extensively in cooking, steam, sun-dry, and knead it, with a little salt and oil to prevent the effects of damp, into balls: thus prepared and preserved from the air, it will keep for years.
(Chapter VI -- We Cross the East African Ghauts [Mountains])
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Mgeni njoo, mwenyeji apone.
(Swahili, Eastern and Central Africa) : Let the guest come so that the host or hostess may benefit. The arrival of a guest means a big meal of welcome. Guests bring gifts for the host. Guests bring news of relatives and friends living elsewhere.
(from: African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website, www.afriprov.org)