|Louisa's Party! With Kenny, Jimmy and Joan and Edmund.|
On the last Sunday that my parents were with us, we went to Magozi for our first jiko (stove) demonstration ... a Cooking Competition! Magozi is an hour and a half drive way - and it was a pretty bumpy ride at the end of the rainy season here! But we were pleased to make it after the car wouldn't start at home and then again wouldn't start again after filling up with diesel! But thanks to the vaseline in Mom's purse, a small pair of pliers and good friend Andy, we were soon fixed and on our way!
After the church service, we all went outside and two women volunteered, amid the cheers, to cook rice, one on the three-stone fire and the other on our jiko. We provided all they needed - equal amounts of water, oil, firewood and rice and at the signal, they got cooking! People really enjoyed watching the whole thing - I'm not sure where else such a crowd would stay for such a time watching water boil! But there were cheers for the jiko when the water boiled! We had done a series of tests beforehand comparing cooking on an open fire with a jiko; tests showed that the jiko really does use significantly less firewood and also produce less smoke. We were fervantly hoping all would go according to plan and the jiko would win! It did! It was good fun and the jiko definitely gained in popularity! We gave two as gifts to the pastor and the evangelist and have since heard they are using them and really like them!
|Stout, our invaluable worker, measuring the temperature of the water on the three-stone fire|
|Weighing the remaining firewood (yes, my lovely Canadian kitchen scales are rather worse for wear now!)|