MyWeku makes its inaugural annual picks of the African food blogs we can’t live without. This list comprises 10 of our favourites. Most of these African food blogs are slick with their own Flickr photo portals, Face Book fan pages and twitter following.
Those of you living in gastronomic agony need not suffer any longer. If the combination of writing, photography and the sheer abundance of recipes in these blogs fail to awaken you from your slumber, then I’m afraid nothing will!
Betumi Blog is a hugely comprehensive food blog showcasing the delights of Ghanaian culinary excellence. The blog run by Ghanaian-American Fran Osseo–Asare is full of recipes, commentary on cook books and charming references to Ghanaian and West African culture.
Lohi’s creations is the first of our Nigerian (Naija!) food blog contingent. Lohi the owner of this blog is a photographer and that shows. The gorgeous photos on her blog have a real and natural quality to them which will make you want to literally reach out into your computer screens. This award winning blog also has a superb range of recipes on offer.
A Taste of Tanzania
A Taste of Tanzania run by Miriam Rose Kinunda is the pride of Swahili food and culture. A pioneer in bringing Tanzania’s distinctive cuisine to the world, it’s specialist areas range from juices, deserts to vegetables.
Spill is a South African food and wine blog with a strong voice in what is Africa’s biggest and most competitive food blog space. Spill features a superb range of content including competitions, taste tests, cooking classes alongside recipes that all combine to make this blog ooze a Mandela-esque influence.
Dinners and Dreams
Dinners and Dreams is a Moroccan food blog that serves as a channel for Morocco’s finest cuisine including a rather insightful section on Jewish Moroccan cuisine and recipes for glutten free deserts and meals. In the world of hummus and couscous this blog can have you salivating for all things North African.
Spicebaby is a slick looking blog cum a couple of other things. The blog’s passion is Nigerian food. The beautifully presented food will have you breaking into a run to your nearest market or supermarket. Put simply, this is a charming blog with character.
Kenyan Food Blog
Kenyan Food is run by Muthoni Maingi, a blogger who loves to cook for friends and family. The Kenyan Food blog is unpretentious and friendly with a good range of recipes curated by a blogger who confesses to documenting every moment she spends enjoying food and drink underneath the Kenyan sky. For those heading over to Kenya at some point in your life (they do good Safaris too!) the blog has a list of good restaurants to go to.
Alhajebabasheri food blog or Chef Ola bristles with personality and character. It is a Nigerian food blog that should make any self respecting West African proud. Traversing through its pages (with a very slow okada of course), you cannot help but feel like you are sitting in a “chop bar” somewhere on a dusty and sunny city in West Africa.
Buttered-upButtered-upis run by 26 year old Sarah Khanna. This blog is increasingly becoming a big-hitter for fans of Egyptian cuisine. The recipes range from a revolutionary koshari (a tribute to the Egyptian revolution) to Kahk described as traditional cookies made during Eid filled with dates. As a testament to this blog’s success, Sarah Khanna now writes a column for Egyptian Daily News.
Avartsy is yet another food blog on our list that focuses on Nigerian food (well one in 4 Africans is indeed Nigerian). It is not uncommon to see recipes for Sausages and Scotch eggs on Avartsy. Like Guinness (which actually originates from Ireland, Europe), Nigerians will swear blind that Scotch eggs is authentically Nigerian! Move over then Moi Moi and Ogbono!
Photos Used: Respective photos are owned by the blogs featured.
MyWeku invites readers to submit their favourites for a follow-up of Africa’s Best Food Blogs for 2012 using the comment box below.