FamilyChef: Priscilla's Caterpillar Surprise

While still distributing food to those most in need, WFP is increasingly giving vouchers or cash so that people can choose what food they want to eat and where they want to buy it. Zimbabwe is one of many countries where WFP is putting cash into the hands of hungry people. Today, FamilyChef takes you to central Zimbabwe where Priscilla invites you to taste her scrumptious caterpillars.

 

List of ingradients

 

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Caterpillar larvae (madora)

1) Soak half a packet (250 g) of dried caterpillar larvae in boiling water for 10 minutes.

A plate of dried caterpillar
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2) Drain and cook in a little fresh boiling water for 5 minutes (or until the water has boiled away.)


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3) Season with salt and chili and fry for 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.

A plate of caterpillars with chopped tomatoes added
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4) In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of peanut butter in a little hot water, then add the caterpillars.

 

Two women preparing the dish
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5) Simmer for 5 minutes before serving hot. 

The caterpillars simmering in a bowl
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Termites (majuru)

A plate of termites
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1) Extract cupful of termites from termite mound using stripped leaf of a sisal plant.

A woman getting termites using a leaf
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2) Dry fry termites over a low heat for 10 minutes. Then turn up the heat and add a pinch of salt and chili.

Two women preparing the dish
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4) Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and serve.

A plate of majuru
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Covo 

1) Soak 250g. of dried covo in boiling water. Drain, then add a little more boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes or until the water has boiled off. 

The covo being cooked in a pot
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2) Add chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon of vegetable oil and season.

A woman smiles and shows the pot with covo
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5) Cook for 20 minutes over a low heat. 

The dish is ready
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Millet and maize meal (sadza)

A pot of millet and maize meal (sadza)
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1) For each dish, boil water and slowly add half of milled cereals.

The ingradients being added to a pot
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2) Cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a musika (whisk-like implement) until it takes on the consistency of thin porridge.

Two pots cooking on charcoal
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3) Add the remaining cereal and cook for another few minutes until thick.

Two women stearing the pots cooking on charcoal
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4) Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

A pan with sadza
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Serve, sit back and enjoy!


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A family enjoying their meal
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You can accompany Priscilla's "Caterpillar Surprise" with Maheu (non-alcoholic drink made with left-over sadza) or ndari (home-brewed beer)

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.

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