Ebenezer Kitchen Garden

Mrs Nyams with Molly Manhanga

I had the privilege of catching up with Mrs Nyamayaro, better known as Mrs Nyams. Mrs Nyams oversees the Catering at Ebenezer. The Kitchen Garden falls in her area of responsibility. The aim of the Ebenezer kitchen garden is for Ebenezer to be self-sufficient and reduce our food costs. At present there are green peppers, butternut, chillies, chomolia, spinach, beans, cowpeas, sweet potatoes, maize and carrots. There are onions, egg plants and carrots in the nursery.

The difficulties experienced have been water shortages and infertile soil. At present they are using lots of manure as a basal fertilizer. The plants were also being eaten by donkeys and cows. A fence was erected around the garden as a preventative measure.

Mrs Nyams has enjoyed the fruits of her labour and has harvested spinach, butternut, green peppers, beans and carrots. Although the potatoes were harvested, they didn’t do very well. Better shoots will get replanted.

From the HEAD CHEF at Ebenezer – Mrs Nyams,
a tasty recipe with Cow Peas (a legume in the bean family)

2 cups cowpeas
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder (Mild, Medium & Hot)
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
2 carrots
2 medium tomatoes
Half a cup green beans
Soak the cowpeas overnight. Boil them for 1 hour and drain the water. In another pot, fry the onions, green peppers and garlic. Add any vegetable of your choice into this mixture and fry. Add the cowpeas and let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot with sadza, rice or samp.

Chillies, butternut and carrots from the kitchen garden

Sounds delicious! Thanks so much Mrs Nyams.

Written by Molly Manhanga

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