Joyce Muape, 49 years old – Kalulushi, Zambia
Joyce was born and raised in Kitwe, one of the biggest cities in Zambia, but since she got married (about 25 years ago) she has been living in Kalulushi, a small village in the northern countryside. She has two daughters and a son, but only this last one lives near her. Her daughters, instead, moved to Lusaka, nearly 7 hours southwards, after getting married. Joyce has got 5 grandchildren, but she hardly ever see them, that’s why she tries to make up for their absence, spending time with other children. Indeed, she works as a school cleaner in a primary school for deaf-mute students. Working there, she has learnt the sign language, and every time she gets the chance to see her grandchildren she tries to teach it to them, too.
Inkoko Nama Spices (Roasted spiced chicken)
Time: about 1 hour
Ingredients for 4 people:
– 1 chicken in chunks
– 3onions, 2 lemons, 2 twigs of rosemary, 1 sprig of parsley and 2 of Indian basil
– seed oil , salt and mixed barbecue spices (or other spices to your pleasure)
As a first step, chop 3onions, some rosemary, parsley and Indian basil all together. Shred everything well, using a crescent shaped mincing knife.
Squeeze the lemons and strain their juice.
In a large bowl, pour the lemon juice, half a glass of seed oil, two spoons of mixed barbecue spices and one of salt. Blend everything and add the chopped vegetables.
In the same bowl, marinate the chunks of chicken, rolling them in the seasoning with your hands. Make sure every chunk is well seasoned with the mixture prepared before.
Put the chunks of chicken in an aluminium casserole with some seed oil and roast it in the oven at 180°for about 40 minutes.
If you are using a wood-fired oven, just like Joyce did, check the chicken quite often, because the temperature of the oven is more uncertain and can vary at moments during the cooking time.