Recently, columnist Oyunga Pala offended many Kenyan women in his article that asserted that Kenyan women do not know how to cook. But which Kenyan women was he talking about? Definitely not the ones on Facebook!
It’s true that our generation did not have the best upbringing and most of our parents did not exactly orient us to matters kitchen, but in the digital age, we actually learn more from the internet than from our parents. Many Facebook pages have been created for gossip, keeping up with each other, spreading hate messages and even stalking, but let’s take a moment to appreciate local Facebook pages built with the intention of introducing women to the art of cooking…After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Previously, it was difficult to make an edible meal using recipes from popular international food sites such as ‘The Food Network’ and ‘All Recipes’ because let’s face it, more than half of the ingredients listed in recipes on these global food sites are items that we have never heard of and even pronouncing them is a challenge. Even so, Kenyan women (and a few men) have wised up and started local social media pages solely dedicated to catering for cooking related issues such as tantalizing recipes, where to get particular ingredients and advise on where to make changes for a dish gone wrong.
On the two most prominent pages for Kenyan foodies (Cook Eat Kenya and Ideas on Cooking Recipes) you will find thousands of followers, mostly women seeking to acquire skills on how to keep their men hooked to their cooking, and probably surpass the famous ‘mum’s cooking is the best’ stereotype among men.
Unlike other Facebook accounts set up for the sake of amassing many subscribers so as to earn money out of advertisement and publicity services, ‘Cook Eat Kenya’ and ‘Ideas on Cooking recipes’ are strictly monitored pages, with active admins who filter abusive or non-food related posts ensuring that the pages stay clean. Apart from recipes on indigenous Africa foods, the pages also provide tutorials on making pastries, salads and snacks with a special emphasis on presentation. Even for food, the first impression matters and most of the posts on these all-things-food accounts are accompanied by impressively garnished servings that more often than not get lazy ladies on their feet and into the kitchen.
Are you tired of feeding your family fries and pizza day in day out? Join these two food pages promptly. Your family’s taste buds will be utterly grateful.
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