|"What's that you say? You are going to actually learn your new editing program?"|
No post about food today goes without a note about the complications we are facing regarding acquiring, storing and preparing food. Zambia is experiencing some unwelcome excitement as of late -- has the dubious distinction of having the world WORST PERFORMING currency and an economy which is limping along due mainly to it's dependence on copper, the price of this raw commodity (is copper technically a 'commodity?" or is it a resource?) AND are newly suffering from Zambia's dependence on three small hydroelectric projects which are meant to 'power the nation' but which are operating at such dismally low levels that we are having power cuts/load-shedding 8-16 hours per day. Every day. Since....June? Every single day. IT's a total drag. There are only two nights per week where the power is back on in time to fix dinner at and eat with the lights on. Otherwise we use solar lights, candles and our gas camping stove five nights a week.
|the sunset view from our place. the presence of the power lines is ironic.|
When we came to Seattle for the summer break we had only a hint of what we would be coming back to in August. To make a very long story short, I had an inkling that something to ease the 'pain' of no electricity would be to have a pizza oven. Yes, this is VERY Marie Antoinette of me, very FWP (first world problem) and it seems silly. However, I had been tracking two small startups, one in Finland and one in Zambia. For my plan to work, I needed them both to 'take off.' What was the plan? Convince my family that we needed to spend what could have been silly amount of money on a 'portable pizza oven' that honestly looked all the world like the Easy-Bake Oven my best friend Janna had when we were seven....you know the kind with the incandescent bulb as the 'heating element' and the little tiny cake pans that could cook up a little tiny cake in 5 minutes? It looks every bit like an award-winning Scandinavian-designed portable oven. Because...IT IS!
So, the success of the pizza oven start up was one element but the other KEY element was the success of a company in Zambia which was proposing efficient energy solutions in the way of using waste from the timber mills to produce wood-pellets for cooking stoves. The wood-pellets are sold as 'Clean Malasha" or clean-charcoal and are meant to replace the mainstay of Zambian household fuels, Charcoal. The company and a second new offshoot company are well on their way and we have a readily availablee supply of these wood pellets. The woodpellets are also required to fuel our brilliant little pizza oven! YEAH!
|Uuni + SupaMoto = SUCCESS!|
|hunting for pizza|
|i could not contain the awesomeness of the uuni in the photo-frame.|
|pikani pizzera is open for business.|
(bring your own cheese / candles - or bring me some nice rennet and we can try to make the mozzarella)