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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

President Joyce Banda today expressed that 50 years down the line Malawi

President Joyce Banda today expressed that 50 years down the line Malawi needs social, cultural and economic transformation.
Speaking at the Malawi National Consultative Conference on “Malawi at 50 and Prospects for the next 50 Years” at Cross Roads Hotel, Lilongwe President Banda said as Malawi will be commemorating 50 years of independence the moment just saves right for Malawians to reflect on the past and clearly think and reflect on the nation Malawi want to have in the next 50 years.
“As we are all aware, Malawi will be celebrating a jubilee on 6th July this year, commemorating 50 years of independence. I believe this moment provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our past, draw lessons and inspiration on what the 50 years have offered us as a nation. This moment further provides us yet another opportunity to think and reflect clearly about the nation we want to become in the next 50 years,” she said.
President Banda addressing the audience at the conference
President Banda addressing the audience at the conference
President Joyce Banda said that in her two years as a President she has seen that what Malawi need Is a social, cultural and economic transformation change.
“During the two years as President of this country, it has been clear to me that as a country we need social, cultural and economic transformation. Many commentators have argued that Malawi had a transition without a transformation. I agree. We need to transform our priorities in caring for the needy and the vulnerable among us,” said President Banda
Joyce Banda also articulated that Malawi needs need transformation in our cultural outlook especially our perception and practice of politics.
“Indeed, we need a transformation in our economy by enhancing rural transformation including wealth and job creation, hunger reduction, improving living conditions in our villages and the role of the private sector,” she said.
President Banda however highlighted the major challenged which has affected the countries development which is missing link between the nation’s development plans and its implementation framework: the lack of momentum to drive the implementation in a balanced and focused manner whilst taking a long term view.
According to Banda it is with this view that her administration introduced the High Level Development Council.
“It is with this view that my Government decided to establish the High Level Development Council (HLDC) to provide leadership in reflecting on the past 50 years of
the country’s independence and coordinate dialogue among Malawians and with the world at large in defining our destiny in the next 50 years,” said Joyce Banda.
The President also expressed hope that the Council will help build the momentum to strengthen and mobilize national efforts and resources in support of development plans; promote national ownership of our development policies in all vital sectors of the economy; and ensure a balanced and focused implementation of our development plans.
The National Consultative Conference which was organized by the High Level Development Council was under the objective of reflecting on national development over the past five decades and begin to strategize on the next 50 years.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

sweet dish of Malawi Peanut Balls (Mtedza) by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 cup sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped, roasted peanuts
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup flour
powdered sugar, for dusting
Method:Preheat the oven to 350F. Meanwhile, chop up the peanuts into tiny pieces.Then cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. When soft and fluffy, incorporate the peanuts, vanilla, and salt. Pile on the flour and mix until… a crumbly dough forms.Press together with the palm of your hands into balls.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.Roll into a happy pile of powdered sugar and don’t stop until each cookie looks like a delicate cloud.Enjoy with a friend (or a more-than-friend) who you love with all your heart

Malawi Banana Bread recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo


100 g butter
90 g sugar
400 g flour
1 egg
250 ml milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
5 bananas, ripe, peeled and mashed


1 Preheat oven to 160°C.
2 Cream the butter and sugar together then add the egg. Add all the remaining ingredients and beat into a smooth batter.
3 Tip into a well-greased loaf tin and place in an oven pre-heated to 160°C Bake for about an hour, or until the cake has set.
4 Allow to cool, tip out of the tin then cool completely and slice

Banana Fritters cook by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

3 ripe bananas
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
½ cup ufa
oil for frying
  • Mash bananas with sugar and salt.
  • Stir in four and drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil.
  • Fry until golden on both sides.
  • Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar if desired.

Biltong recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

½ kilogram (1 pound) topside steak, cut into thin strips||
vinegar for rinsing
Vinegar Marinade:
1 cup vinegar
2 Tbs. salt
1 tsp. sugar
¾ tsp. coriander
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. salt pepper
1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • Dip strips of meat in vinegar and wring out.
  • Marinate strips for 24 hours, then hang strips in a warm, dry place until all the moisture has evaporated

Favorite Malawian Fried White Ants recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

This is usually served as an ndiwo, but can be eaten as a snack. Many volunteers compare it to popcorn.
1 cup day-old white ants (these are large termites, in the winged stage)
½ cup water
2 Tbs. margarine
salt to taste
  • Clean ants by removing wings and any foreign matter.
  • Place insects in salted water and boil over high heat until water has evaporated.
  • Reduce heat and add margarine.
  • Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately

Chimbama/Mkate recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

15 very ripe bananas, peeled
1 to 2 cups ufa (preferably ngaiwa—see the nsima recipe above for an explanation)
banana leaves
  • Take banana leaves and pass them over a fire. This makes them pliable.
  • Run a knife down the spine of the leaf, trimming off the thick part.
  • Cut them into thirds and rinse in water.
  • Pound bananas with a mortar and pestle.
  • Pound in enough ufa to make a dough.
  • Place about a hamburger patty-sized amount of dough on each third of the banana leaf.
  • Completely wrap dough up with the leaf.
  • Place bundles in a pot vertically (do not pile too high) with enough water to cover the bottom.
  • Cover and place on a fire. Place more coals on the lid.
  • Check after 20 to 30 minutes. The dough should be bread-like inside.

Mandasi Malawi recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

Donuts! These are commonly sold by women in the market or at bus stations to earn a little extra income.
2 cups flour (all-purpose wheat four)
pinch of salt
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 Tbs. sugar
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk or water
oil for frying
  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Add sugar, egg, and milk and beat until smooth.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, turning once.
  • Drain and enjoy.

Rice Phala recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

Another variation on breakfast porridge.
1 cup uncooked rice
2 ½ cups water
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. margarine
  • Bring water to a boil and add rice.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add milk and butter, cover and cook until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add sugar to taste.

Mkhwani with Groundnut (peanut) Flour Recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

Mkhwani with Groundnut (peanut) Flour
Another popular ndiwo. The leaves of the pumpkin vine are considered every bit as good as the pumpkin itself, and are ready to eat much sooner—an important consideration at the beginning of the harvest.
3 cups pumpkin leaves, de-veined and chopped
½ cup water
1 tsp. Salt
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
½ cup groundnut flour (peanut flour)
  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add chopped leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and groundnut flour, mix well, and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
  • Serve with nsima or rice.

Basic Vegetable Ndiwo recipe by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

3 cups greens (see below for examples), chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbs. Oil
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
salt to taste
  • Saute onions in oil until tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or until greens are tender.
  • Serve with nsima or rice.
Common green vegetable leaves used in ndiwo:
Cassava Leaves = Ntapasya or ChigwadaSweet Potato Leaves = Ntolilo or KholowaBean Leaves = NkwanyaSmall Bean Leaves = ChitambePumpkin Leaves = MkhwaniChinese Cabbage = Chinese
Mustard Leaves
Rape Leaves
Kale Leaves

how to cook Nsima by Anjimile Mtila Oponyo

Nsima has become the “staple” food of Malawi, much like bread, rice, pasta or potatoes are in other cultures. Nsima is thick starchy porridge made from corn, cassava, or other starch flour. (for example, the corn flours in Malawi are ufa woyera and ufa ngaiwa. Ufa woyera is maize flour which has first had the outer kernel shell and seed germ pounded off, leaving just the starchy part of the seed. Ufa ngaiwa is the whole corn kernel). The nsima porridge is formed into hamburger-size patties by scooping the porridge with a wet wooden spoon and flipping it onto a plate. The patty congeals in contact with the cool wet spoon and plate. Marble size pieces are broken off and rolled into a ball in the palm of the hand with the fingers. A final dimple is pressed into one side of it. It is then dipped in ndiwo (the sauce of vegetables or meat).
4 to 6 cups cornmeal, corn flour, or ground maize (1 cup per serving is sufficient)
  • Pour cold water (two and 1/2 cups for each cup of cornmeal) into a large pot. Over high heat, begin to bring to a boil.
  • After a few minutes, when the water is warm, slowly add the about half the cornmeal to the water one spoonful at a time, stirring continuously with a sturdy wooden spoon. Continue cooking (and stirring) until the mixture begins to boil and bubble. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a few minutes.
  • Cooking the mixture over medium heat, add the remaining cornmeal, as before, sprinkling it spoonful by spoonful as you continue to stir. It is essential to keep stirring -- if making a large quantity, it may take one person to hold the pot and another to use two hands to stir. The nshima should be very thick (no liquid remaining) and smooth (no lumps). It may reach this point before all of the remaining cornmeal is added to the pot -- or it may be necessary to add even more cornmeal than this recipe indicates. Once the desired consistency is reached, turn off heat, cover the pot, and allow the nshima to stand for a few minutes before serving. Serve nshima immediately, hot, with the ndiwo of your choice. With clean hands, tear bits of nshima off and use them to scoop up the ndiwo.