Caipinyagi; Carved Doors

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Thu Jan 9 15:30:51 UTC 2003

   From a restaurant called SWEET & EAZY here in Zanzibar:

CAIPINYAGI--Brazil-Zanzibar; Konyagi, lime, can sugar.
SWEET EAZY SPECIAL--white rum, vodka, triple sec
MARINATED JOHARI--(Tuna.  I had this at another placed as "catch of the day"--ed.)
UGALI--a porridge of maize flour boiled in chicken stock.  (OED?--ed.)
CHIPSI--Carved potatoes deep fried, sprayed with a sprinkled of salt.

A TASTE OF ZANZIBAR--I changed my copy for a signed copy.  I was told that the author has two more East African cookbooks coming out, including a Zanzibar restaurant menu thing.  See the e-mail addresses in that prior post.

MEMOIRS OF AN ARABIAN PRINCESS by Emilie Ruete (1844-1924).
   This is the Zanzibar classic work, published by Princess Salme, who married a German man.  The NYPL has several copies that I'll get to soon; it's in several languages, but from at least 1888 in English.  I just checked OED for the author's name and the book title--did no one from the OED ever read this book?

Reprinted by permission from Azania, the Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Volume XXV, 1990
   This 20-page book has the "Zanzibar doors."  On pages 17-18 is "Appendix: Woods commonly used for carved doors."  OED needs a really good Swahili specialist, because almost all of these start with the letter "M."  Pages 19-20 include a 1992 comment on the Swahili and scientific names mentioned in pages 17-18.

Pg. 17:
   ..._mvule_, which is indigenous has often been used as a substitute for teak.
   _Mvule_ (_Chlorophora milicia_) is a hardwood formerly found particularly on Pemba island, but which is nowadays increasingly scarce, while _mbamba kofi_ (_Afzalia quanzensis_) is still found in most forest areas of the coast.

Pg. 19:
   _Swahili ethnobotany and carved doors_
mbambakofi...mchano...mfensi...mgurure...mkongachale...mpingo...mtu...mtumbati...muhuhu...muia...(Pg. 20--ed.) mvule...mwembe.

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