Ingredients

  • 90 g amaranth grain
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 bananas
  • a handful of marula nuts
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • butter
  • milk (optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)
amaranth grain
Amaranth grain

Instructions

  1. Soak the amaranth grain in a bowl with enough water and leave it overnight.
  2. The following morning, rinse the amaranth under the tap (in a colander) and drain.
  3. Add the amaranth and 200 ml of water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the bananas into slices and chop the marula nuts.
  5. Remove the amaranth from the heat and let it stand for about 10 minutes so that it thickens (porridge). You can then add some milk to it (to make it thinner or for the taste) and a little cinnamon and stir well.
  6. Divide the amaranth over two bowls.
  7. Heat a small amount of butter in a frying pan and fry the banana slices until soft. Arrange them on top of the amaranth porridge.
  8. Toast the nuts briefly in the same pan and sprinkle over the bowls.
  9. Drizzle with a honey.
  10. Enjoy your breakfast!

 

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Caroline Jacquet
Caroline Jacquet, though not indigenous to Zimbabwe, considers herself naturalised. She studied Forestry and Natural Resources Management in Leuven, Belgium and arrived in Zimbabwe in 2002, to work for the World Agroforestry Centre. She’s since worked for the Zimbabwe Adding Value to Sustainable Agriculture Produce (ZAVSAP) network and KAITE and is the Project Manager at Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe (BIZ) since 2013. BIZ researches mostly indigenous plants for their commercial potential. If she had to tag her work experience and interests, she’d say: plants, conservation, sustainable use, income-generation, value-addition, small-scale producers, local foods. She’s been organising yearly traditional food festivals since 2010, first with ZAVSAP and since 2013 with the Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Forum. When not busy with natural (food) products, Caroline likes to read her Kindle in the sun and walk her dogs (and husband) in the Christon Bank hills.