Page 4 of 6
Uganda being an agricultural country has fresh food in abundance and with this Ugandans makes a variety of local dishes and even international dishes though at small scale only common in Uganda's international hotels like Serena and Sheraton hotels. We have foods which common in other parts of the world so even the minorities like vegetarians, people who are allergic to some foods are all catered for. Uganda has the best African dishes one can never want to miss and these are unique only found in Uganda like the Eshabwe, Luwombo, millet bread amongst others and the rare foods like insects like white ants and grasshoppers which are not regarded as food in most countries yet very nutritious.
LUWOMBO (LOCALLY STEAMED DISHES)
Different foods can be turned to Luwombo depending on one's choice of food though the most common is chicken, beef, ground nuts and others
Course to blissful beef Luwombo
Get tender banana leaves, smoke them properly, make sure they are not torn in the process and put them aside.
Fold the leaves into a pot like form and carefully place beef piece into and add ingredients but don't put water.
Put the leafed pot into the source pan and chef for 2 to 3hrs and then, the result is a Luwombo.
This type of brew originated from western Uganda and its one of the best locally made brews. It's taken during local ceremonies, parties and on personal reasons. This beer is so much respected in the western Uganda
Sorghum, millet, honey, ash, herbs and water. With these ingredients, you can start preparing our local brew, just follow the steps below.
Combine sorghum, millet, ash and local herbs together in a sac and soak in a drum of water for 3days. After 3days it will turn black.
Have this sun dried for over 2days (make sure it's dried completely) and then mill it into very fine particles compared to flour. Put this flour into the container, which half fill it with cold boiled and stir with a stick till it has well dissolved with water. The result on this stage is a thick liquid.
Add warm but fully boiled water to the solution and stir. Then add very hot water and blend with the elucidation. At this same stage sprinkle the flour onto (same flour from which it's made) leaves the solution gaping to cool for 2-4hrs. This is kept for 1 and half day and then A BEER IS MADE!!Taste this beer, and you will find a unique test.
Drink in small portions, reason it's very intense.
The beer process takes time and to have good results one has to be patient, the final result however is worth waiting.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Take part of Uganda's culture with you. Uganda's art and craft portrays different cultures from the ancient times, has a wide range array of handicraft products, ranging from basketry, decorative wall mats, ceramics and pottery, beads, hand textiles, amulets, woven products like jewelry(from animal teeth), arm and leg ornaments, head dresses, toys, and leather products like bag, curved wooden products and Some of Uganda's arts and crafts are actually the musical instruments such as drums, thumb pianos, stopped clay and reed pipes, containers, face masks, lyre, fiddles and rattles among others. These items are produced in all regions and are sold everywhere, supermarkets, hotels, even roadside vendors. Their raw materials are tribal ornaments in limited edition based on culture, history and traditions like beads, stones, animal teeth, animal bones, feathers, wood, kaolin white clay, precious metals, human hair, grease clay, ivory, grass and palm leaves, papyrus fibers, millet, cow dung and many others. None of these materials is imported into the country.
Handicrafts are a cultural tradition and predominantly a cottage industry, practiced by the rural youth of both gender, but mainly by women in the country, in order to supplement their incomes. The production of handicraft, however, has seen an upswing as a new industrial branch and it is perceived as a potential business for a sustainable family income to supplement the subsistence farming, thus making modern art more and more attractive for artists, traders and in the end for export.
The bark cloth
The bark cloth is made through tree striping, boiling and pounding it. The final result is reddish in color.
Making of bark cloth in Uganda is historically part of culture for centuries; the bark cloth is more than a souvenir. It's a sacred fiber that defines the spirit of most kingdoms in Uganda. This has remained a ceremonial dress for the royalty used in the coronation and burial. The international education scientific and culture organization (UNESCO) named the process of making the bark cloth among the world's collective heritage.
There are several art galleries in Uganda, most common being Margret trowel school of industrial art famous for paintings and sculptures done by very talented students as well as instructors (this is the most interesting gallery in Uganda) this is also where the 1970 art exhibitions were held, followed by Nommo gallery located near the presidential lodge others are Tulfanya near radio Uganda. It's better to visit every gallery because they have different art pieces. The contemporary art of Uganda has been perceived as an international movement of Africa.