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?
THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY CARVED WOODEN DOORS OF THE EAST AFRICAN COAST by Judith Aldrick
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.
..._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.
_Swahili ethnobotany and carved doors_
mbambakofi...mchano...mfensi...mgurure...mkongachale...mpingo...mtu...mtumbati...muhuhu...muia...(Pg. 20--ed.) mvule...mwembe.
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