Global Citizen, Sindi Mafico enjoys spending quality time with people, listening to music and trying new recipes.
Sindi Mafico is a global citizen who has lived in 5 different countries over the course of her life. Sindi’s interests in international relations led her to pursue a career in international development. Sindi is currently serving as an adjunct professor at NYU for public policy while doing an internship at the United Nations. In her free time Sindi enjoys spending quality time with people, listening to music and trying new recipes.
We had an opportunity to have a brief chat with her about her background, foods and lots more. Read on!
Give us a brief summary of yourself.
My name is Sindi Mafico. I was born and bred in Harare, Zimbabwe. At the age of 12, I moved to Swaziland (now called Eswatini) but currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
What is the Zimbabwe meal you would recommend to anyone who wants to try this cuisine?
A standard meal is Sadza, it is grounded corn, a lot like rice which is complemented with vegetables (like spinach fried with onions) and meat. Zimbabweans also like boiled sweet potatoes. Another one that I believe is eaten only in Zimbabwe is Mopani worms, it is called macimbi in Ndebele.
How do you feel about Zimbabwean foods?
For me, the meals are mostly bland.
You mentioned earlier that you moved to Swaziland, can you tell us about their food?
One food on the list is mealie bread (made from corn) but it is not sweet. The food is also very similar to Zimbabwean food. They have their own variation of Sadza, which is a bit drier and hard but contains the same ingredients.
What are your most memorable moments in the world of African cuisine?
I would say Mozambique cuisine because there is a fusion of Portuguese and African food. Some of the meals that stood out for me is Chicken peri-peri and shrimps.
You did not mention the famous jollof rice!!
I just wanted an answer that would stand out.
If you were back in Zimbabwe as a tourist, how would you find a restaurant that offers a different cuisine?
I Would rely on social media, and social networks. Ask friends that grew up there, I do not think Google would be much help.
If Dinesurf gets established in Zimbabwe, would you use it to check for restaurants and make a reservation?
Yes,of course! Because, when it comes to information about restaurants, it is limited to just social media and word of mouth.
Lastly, what is your favorite African meal to prepare?
I do not have a particular meal that I enjoy cooking because I feel that preparing any African meal can be so time-consuming.
Thank you so much for your time.
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