Afro Flava😋👅💦

As I sit down and reflect from the last time I wrote to ya’ll, a lot has quite happened. I mean from dating to finding a job, there’s been quite a personal growth.  I recently just got a job as a server at a pretty descent restaurant. Others would call it a classy, high-end but yet affordable.  Having worked in the restaurant business before, this was one thing I’ve always shied away from. Getting the three/four dollars an hour is not a conversation one looks forward to hearing especially when you’re in desperate need of fast cash. Now that I am in the industry and knowing what servers go through, it all makes sense. (Future blog post)

Anyways, so ya’ll remember my Instagram food page that I started a few weeks ago? (@Afro_flava) well let’s just say it’s been great so far. What started out as a platform for showcasing my love for food, quickly overturned to a possible business venture.

Not going to lie but all this happened so fast, it still feels like a dream. They say it happens when you least expect it. It all started when one of my good friends had asked me to make her a meal prep (this was when I was struggling to find a job). She offered to buy the main ingredients and pay me $50.00.

At first it seemed like a side hustle but mostly just helping out a friend. Besides I cook all the time on social media so it really didn’t seem much to me. After her reaction of the master piece that I prepared for her, I decided to kinda venture and look for more folks who will be willing to pay for a meal prep.​

We’re living in a time where fitness is a trend and all that comes with it (food, fashion, beauty) has become a day to day lifestyle. I believe this is an un-tapped market area so why not be smart and take a risk in this possible business.​

​I never imagined I will be my own boss, yet again we also never thought Trump would be president. Thus far I’ve gotten a couple of clients here and there but haven’t really gotten a loyal clientele yet. As crazy as it sounds, I feel like maybe this could be the start of something big.

I officially want to introduce you to Afro Flava. A food and beverage company that is dedicated to exploring the art of food and different ways to exciting ones taste buds by catering meal preps.


Food Lover’s 😋💞

I must say that this week has not been quite easy. While still grieving the sudden death of a class mate, we’ve had a lot going on here on campus with the fees must fall protests, which I will write about in my next post. But the preparation for the International Food Event really took my mind off of things.

With this week being international week at Stellenbosch University, different activities have been held each day to celebrate the diverse nationalities and ethnicities of students here on campus. Last night it was the International Food Evening, where different groups got to showcase food that represented their countries.

Being originally Kenyan🇰🇪, I was very eager and determined to represent Kenya and showcase some of their traditional food. Initially, I never saw any Kenyans during my stay here but when I signed up to participate in the international food event, I found out that there was a Kenyan society. We were able to link up and plan accordingly to win this year. Apparently in the past couple years, Kenya had always placed second, while Germany always won.

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul”. Dorothy Day.

My passion and love for food has tremendously grown, especially being here and being able to taste different types of cuisines.  To me this opportunity was the perfect challenge to test my cooking skills and proclaim my title as an International Chef. Mind you, the portion size was recommended to serve between 100-150 people. Yikes! Imagine the amount of pressure.

We decided as a team to cook at least 4 types of dishes that represented different tribes in Kenya. Chapatti, Githeri, lentil stew, and Bhajia. I offered to cook the Githeri, knowing the background of the dish and the fact that I eat at home all the time.

When it comes to Githeri, the main ingredients are maize/corn, potatoes and beans. It’s very similar to a chilli except that the Githeri can contain more vegetables but all in all it can also be grouped as a type of stew .The good thing about this dish, is you have room to play around with different flavours and ingredients making it your own. Furthermore, it’s easier serving to a large crowd.

The turnout was pretty amazing. I mean the place was heavily packed. Seeing everybody taking pride in their creations was very touching and humbling at the same time. To me it was more of a food lover’s event.

Some of the downfalls I faced was working in a small kitchen and not being able to get the specific ingredients that I always use to make my type of Githeri. But just like Beyoncé, I made lemonade out of the lemons I got.🍋

From all the feed back I got from those who were able to taste my food, I think I nailed it. 

We placed third in food presentation and for the first time won overall for the best dishes in spite of starting late. With this newly found victory, it really got me wondering whether this might be my calling. I do believe that a person can have more than one calling. Well if it is, I’m ready to take on this path and see what the future beholds for me.