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Goat Days

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The first time I met Sophie Gitonga she was attending my Second Creative Writing Masterclass, early this year. The odd ones always stand out in a room. First day, before the class commenced, as we all milled around the tea and pastry canteen, dropping our lemons slices in our reumy teas, I noticed her boots first before I noticed her; this rich brown leather that crawled up her legs stopping just below her knees. She had natty dreadlocks and this viscerally controlled wilderness aura about her. She looked unhinged. Unbordered. Unearthed. Like she didn’t give a shit. I thought to myself, “She must be a poet or those chicks who paint shells.” So I walked up to say “karibu” and then I asked her what she did for a living and she said deadpan: “ I stick things in men’s mouths and make them say “ahh.”  

I stirred my tea, thoughtfully.

She’s a forensic scientist. Bachelors in Chemistry, California, State University, Masters in Forensic science, University of California, Davis, sijui a mediation course she did at Strathmore Dispute Resolution Center. People go to school. She has held workshops for our own police officers and in areas of crime scene management, and to lawyers on Forensic science and the law. Nothing on shell painting. “If you suspect your kid isn’t yours and you want a DNA done, l’m your girl,” she told me, with a sunset smile, “I sometimes  meet men in dark parking lots, carrying pieces of hair or nails. ”

I liked her. She was dark.

And she could write. Her writing voice was buried in mounds of insecurity, indiscipline and doubt. But it was there, a diamond in the rough.

After the classes I asked her what she would like to master in writing and she said food because she likes to eat and to go out and to try out the new stuff. For months now we have been working on identifying her right “voice” in which to write about food. Tweaking it. Changing it. Garnishing it. Testing it. Pushing it. Having fun with it. And now she is ready.

This piece , like all the pieces you will read from her here, is more than just about food. It’s about passion and love and about a goat. But most importantly it’s about a man (hers) and his space and the things that he brings to this space to make it uniquely his. It’s about a dying culture of men who work with their hands, men who make things, men who create an extensions of themselves through the beautiful work of their hands. We just don’t get dirty anymore, do we, gentlemen?  

You can see in this piece how what this guy does seem to have diminished her; how  she is limited to only standing on the fringes of this intense and private enclosure, craning to look in, reduced only to offering unsolicited commentaries. And even though she thinks he has let her inside this shrine, he hasn’t. Not quite. She still remains an immigrant of this moment. And therein lies the genius of this man, and, indeed, of this writer to capture it so elegantly and with such a clear and confident voice.

Check out this beatific excerpt: “Then he prepares the onions, garlic and ginger, all the while donning his swimming goggles because the onions get him all emotional. This guy cracks me up.”

I haven’t read a paragraph that peels off the spirit of a character with such earnest and tenderness than that excerpt. It melts in your mouth.

Gang, this is our resident foodie, Sophie.

Sophie, this kitchen is yours. Burn it.

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By Sophie Gitonga.

Thursday is goat night at our house, he declared it so, and so it is. He cooks on goat night so, why pray tell, would the lady dost protest too much?

Our first encounter wasn’t over food though, but the dance floor. The salsa music was pounding out of the speakers and our hearts throbbed in unison. I noticed him before he did me. A beguiling chic magnet, given the number of women he twirled and discarded on the dance floor. He walked up to me and asked me to dance. I pretended not to know how. We swayed this way and that, held me at the small of my back  and breathed in my ear as he held me close. I love how salsa allows for intimacy between total strangers while all the time maintaining strict politeness. Our next encounter was over food. He asked me how I liked my eggs and I replied, ‘unfertilized’. He broke into this wickedly good smile with all his little white teeth neatly arranged in a row. And as he cracked my eggs open and whipped them into oblivion I knew I was smitten. I was in deep smit.

Then there is the goat. Which is his ritual, of sorts.

He gets so delighted by the prospect of cooking goat that he drives to Ruaka to his butcher. That’s where he bought meat as a bachelor so they have a relationship.  Early in our courtship we agreed that we should each stick to doing the things we did best. That meant that I’d buy my own tampons and he would buy the meat, that way we’d save each other the humiliation of buying the wrong stuff. Buying meat is a manly enterprise, he grew up slaughtering animals on his family farm so he knows all about meat. And oh so particular, the meat-to-bone ratio has to be just right; the fat distribution just so, a joy of his own making that I will never take away.

When he gets home, he plops the meat on the counter and gets to prepping his knives. Yes, he has his own knives. He brought them to the relationship. He goes on and on about how they are masterfully created, the blade and handle a single piece of steel. His knife kit, butcher knives, boning knives and cleaver are stored on the wall- mounted magnetic strip he installed especially for his collection. What’s missing is overhead gallery LED lights for these knives. I’m surprised he hasn’t thought of that. He used to get his knives sharpened by this guy who comes round the estate offering the service, but he felt that guy did not show the right amount of enthusiasm for knife sharpening. So he bought his own whetstone so he could do it himself, whenever he wanted to. I once remarked that he could have saved money by using the pumice stone I use to scrub my feet. He gave me this look that said, ‘you are foolish, get away from me’. I grinned. He whets his blade with a rhythmic motion, stopping to check the sharpness by gingerly running his finger along the blade. He’s in the zone, I could pick his pockets and he mightn’t notice it. I want to be that knife in his hands.

With his knives sharpened he stares at his reflection in the gleaming blade. What is he thinking about? I prod him and he tells me he had a memory of his grandfather teaching him how to skin a goat. It requires both a sharp knife and skill. A fool with a sharp knife leaves you with a patchy goat.

He passes the blade through the meat and the flesh falls away without resistance. “Look at that”, he says and I congratulate him for his prowess by fixing him a drink. He didn’t drink much before he met me. I ruined him, he says, a fact that I’m proud of.

When he started drinking proper, he did so at the bottom of the barrel, tried and shockingly enjoyed all sorts of rubbish before he refined his tastes. Now his hierarchy of preference is whisky, wine and beer. Whisky is his truest love. He dresses up for whisky. A double shot of single malt and two cubes of ice, never more. He likes the non-phonetic Scottish brands, Caol Ila and Laphroaig. I like the challenge of trying to say them.

Goat night is also cheap thrills night so I’m substituting the whisky for Konyagi, tonic with mint infused lemon syrup. We discovered Konyagi about two years ago during a season of epic broke-ness between us when the whisky and wine were out of reach. By the way, this shit has a happy ending, we’ve polished a bottle once and woken up fresh and hangie-free like we’d spent the day at the spa. So don’t knock it.

Now he’s taken the cleaver to clean the bones and the tendons, these will go into the soup, another thing exclusively prepared by men…three cheers to gender specific roles! the meat goes into the sufuria and cooks over medium heat to expel the water. Then he prepares the onions, garlic and ginger, all the while donning his swimming goggles because the onions get him all emotional. This guy cracks me up.

He checks the meat and stirs occasionally, freeing it from the bottom of the sufuria. With all the water gone, he adds his condiments and a little bit of oil. The aroma is magnificent, salt, pepper and a dash of cumin follow suit. It will be done in 5, he declares to no one in particular. While we wait, he pulls me in and we do a little sensual jig to Tshala Muana’s Lekele Muadi. We are going to burn down the entire complex with all the sultriness up in here.

The water for the ugali has now come to a boil. He puts his sinewy muscles to work, deftly stirring and whipping the flour, explaining the process to me because he hopes someday I’ll take over this role permanently. As he cooks, I sneak in a Konyagi ripened kiss…I love goat night. He prepares the kachumbari with extra tomatoes – he knows how much I love tomatoes. We serve up our ugali, goat and kachumbari, say a little prayer because you know, it’s proper to do so and then we dig in.

If you meet a guy who enjoys cooking and will do it for you, marry him, fast! You can worry about the details later.

The meat is so tender I could swallow it whole without chewing, the ugali the right softness. We noisily suck the marrow out of the hollow bones, that’s dessert right there and how we enjoy it. He asks me what I think and I say, the same thing I think every Thursday: he’s truly the best maker of goat that ever lived.

Home cooked meals for us are an absolute expression of love. My cooking is inspired by whims and dares. I read recipes once, get the general idea of what is required and go on to make my own version of it. He enjoys my fearless cooking.  His cooking on the other hand is methodical and deliberate. He plans everything and it’s in the planning that I reminded of his exquisite happiness in being my man. He feels both useful and needed, important these days since women can pretty much do everything for themselves now… well almost everything. I also need him to kill all the insects in our house.

But beyond that, the Thursday night ritual is about the time we spend together, the stories and smooches we trade, the winks he gives me while we eat. I love his goat.

240 Responses
  • Irene Muya
    05.10.2015

    wow!!! goat night

    • Mad Woman
      05.10.2015

      What are you teaching in these classes Biko? Women are now making love with words! I must sign up and put my madness to work

      • zero chills
        22.10.2015

        me too

      • riaga
        17.12.2015

        haha i like that, making love with words,haha

  • Gate
    05.10.2015

    Sophie, lovely piece! I can practically taste that goat and I can feel the love you share.

  • Teddy
    05.10.2015

    I love a WOMAN who can write and cook. Nice one and

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  • Gathiomi Gikaru
    05.10.2015

    One word for this piece, succulent!

    • Ann Gardener
      05.10.2015

      Like..

  • The Duchess
    05.10.2015

    Very warm.. like early evenings in January.

  • Miss Dee
    05.10.2015

    Love it!!

  • June
    05.10.2015

    Niice…. Karibu sana Sophie

  • Rachel Obilo
    05.10.2015

    “He asked me how I liked my eggs and I replied, ‘unfertilized’.” I didn’t see this coming. Sophie, welcome to the gang.

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    • dee
      05.10.2015

      my catch line too , from now

  • Wanjiru
    05.10.2015

    Good piece but I find men who can cook well terribly intimidating. If he stamps his authority in the kitchen, where will I plant my flag? Give me a man whose only skill is boiling water any day.

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    • Andrew Thuku
      05.10.2015

      Great flow. Humour on check. Sophie, consider replacing Njoki Chege we need such artistic writings.

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      • Rachel Obilo
        05.10.2015

        Andrew you stole my line.
        I think Njoki Chege should sign up for the Writing Masterclass.

        1
        • Maywa
          06.10.2015

          Hahah..yeah

          Great post and content

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        • Mo
          07.10.2015

          Biko doesn’t give etiquette classes. Njoki’s crass act need a miracle

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          • Rachel Obilo
            08.10.2015

            Spot on Mo

    • collins
      05.10.2015

      plant that your flag in the bedroom. Looooool!

    • PGait
      05.10.2015

      HA ha…you can say that again

      1
    • Blukenyan
      05.10.2015

      Okay my culinary skills are nothing to write about… anyone wanna plant aflag somewhere?

  • Jen
    05.10.2015

    Wow!Who’d ever thought goats can inspire such sensuality. Khaaai! I love his goat too tihihi

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  • Jkay
    05.10.2015

    Note to self-make hubby cook goat today..

    • Tichaboni
      05.10.2015

      Correction, INSPIRE hubby to cook goat. You can think of something inspiring…

  • Catherine Mburu
    05.10.2015

    girl can write! i need me a man who can make me that goat hehee

    1
  • MrsMwiti.com
    05.10.2015

    Beautiful writing. Who knew sharpening a knife could be sexy.

    1
    • Sir Kev
      05.10.2015

      it is! haha

  • Kimutai
    05.10.2015

    If you meet a guy who enjoys cooking and will do it for you, marry him, fast! You can worry about the details later.

    Nice!

    Well that word a bit mundane but lets not act too excited!

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  • Kimutai
    05.10.2015

    BTW how is there no ‘Like’ button only share?

    1
  • stevie
    05.10.2015

    two words. i die.

  • abi
    05.10.2015

    Does he have a brother?

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    • Rosslyn
      05.10.2015

      ha ha ha he will not be like him no way!

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  • Rhoda
    05.10.2015

    I would love more guest posts from this one. Amazing.

  • Samuel Kimani
    05.10.2015

    Succint!

  • PK
    05.10.2015

    Now im hungry…

  • Mel
    05.10.2015

    I love it

  • Wangari
    05.10.2015

    I too didn’t see this coming.“He asked me how I liked my eggs and I replied, ‘unfertilized’.”

  • sally ranji
    05.10.2015

    Amazing piece!!i want me some goat!!

  • connie
    05.10.2015

    “as he cracked my eggs open and whipped them into oblivion I knew I was smitten” i see why you love goat nights

    • Air Hostess
      07.10.2015

      This was my favourite line

  • Sir Kev
    05.10.2015

    “…Then he prepares the onions, garlic and ginger, all the while donning his swimming goggles because the onions get him all emotional. This guy cracks me up.” and now this cracked me up too, welcome Sophie

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  • Merci Jowi
    05.10.2015

    Hmmm! For the single gents commenting, any one that can cook?….a good goat meal?

    • Sir Kev
      05.10.2015

      here we go!

    • peter
      05.10.2015

      here i am.

    • Ochieng John K
      05.10.2015

      Does tea count…?

      • sly
        06.10.2015
      • zero chills
        22.10.2015

        hahahaha

    • Mr. Nduta
      05.10.2015

      I can cook a boiled egg as well as cook bathing water if the heater is not working

      • Size 10
        05.10.2015

        Do you put royco while cooking bathing water?

        • Mr. Nduta
          05.10.2015

          Yes and sugar just to make me more sweeter

        • Dodo
          05.10.2015

          Hahaha,nice one

    • ReubenMbuve
      08.10.2015

      Does it have to be a goat? so ladies are not talking about chicken wings anymore

  • Mary
    05.10.2015

    Great piece. Had me glued.

  • Lol (@NginaOkeyo)
    05.10.2015

    brilliant intertwining of food and your relationship Sophie.

  • kelvin mutua
    05.10.2015

    hahaaa. a really interesting piece right there.

  • RayHerb
    05.10.2015

    Now this guest-writing I like. Very much! The imagery is amazing. Great work with Susan, Biko!
    That phrase on liking your eggs unfertilized-ingenious! I be using it someday soon 😀

    • RayHerb
      05.10.2015

      Sorry, that be Sophie, not Susan.

  • Zainabu
    05.10.2015

    You got me loving his goat too,and no shame about the konyagi here its our Tanzania vodka and I inherit Russian traditions. I’m definitely looking forward to more of your writing Sophie

  • Miss J
    05.10.2015

    I loved it . Solo tantalizingly sweet n mellow. Yeah give me such a man. It’s the little things that matter to some of us….. “yes like killing insects” 🙂

  • Miss J
    05.10.2015

    I loved it . Soooo tantalizingly sweet n mellow.Yesu give me such a man. It’s the little things that matter to some of us….. “yes like killing insects” 🙂

    • Mr. Nduta
      05.10.2015

      There are in plenty,go to Kitengela,Eastern by pass,oletipis and olepolos and you will be unsure which man to pick since they all roast very good goat ribs

      • ReubenMbuve
        08.10.2015

        hehe, funny there Mr. Nduta

  • Wahito
    05.10.2015

    I have met Sophie…I didn’t know you are a creative genius as well aside from DNA extraction, purification and processing etc etc …this is beautifully written. I love it.

    • Ree
      05.10.2015

      Was it in a dark parking lot? I had to ask…….

      • bettie
        06.10.2015

        Haha I bet it was the dark parking lot

      • Bee
        06.10.2015

        hahahahaha

  • Paul
    05.10.2015

    Hey Sophie. Karibu sana. Great stuff. And to Biko, thanks for bringing Sophie to the Gang.

  • Mugure
    05.10.2015

    Brilliant! Pure writing genius! She pulled me into the scene kabisa.

  • Muthoni
    05.10.2015

    Great delivery Sophie!! Looking forward to more ‘goat nights’ 🙂

  • mungai
    05.10.2015

    Great piece

  • Njoki Ngugi
    05.10.2015

    Welcome Sophie. Awesome piece.

  • Catherine
    05.10.2015

    Karibu Biko Sophie. Being a fellow lover of food you’ve wet my appetite.Looking forward to more!

  • Vickie
    05.10.2015

    This is just brilliant…

  • nyawira
    05.10.2015

    Goat night just became a thing.Thumbs up Sophie

  • wanga
    05.10.2015

    Writing and Writing well! …Drives to Ruaka to his butcher! talk of commitment! Hope you don’t live in Ruai! Sophie, the piece is beautiful!

  • Kenneth
    05.10.2015

    As owsamly planned… It bkams a ritual
    iyo part ya visu sina tym.. Bt the goat meat i can

  • Neta
    05.10.2015

    It’s not really about the goat meat but the passion she has for the man preparing it. This piece would make a vegetarian rethink their decision. Big up! Perfect piece

  • Ochieng John K
    05.10.2015

    I t am impressed. The lady can write, so good i felt like it was Thursday already…
    Kudos Sophie….

  • Clive
    05.10.2015

    The effort put into the goat is amazing. Great read.

  • Faith
    05.10.2015

    I got a guy friend who cooks so well and will always send me pics of the foods he has made with these funny names in the recipes. I always tell myself I can never cook for him at any time because he is so good at it mpaka am not so sure he would enjoy mine. Anyway this is an interesting piece Sophie. I would like to read more and more from you. Monday made!

  • George Owino
    05.10.2015

    Wit sensuously wrapped in hilarity. Nice stuff.

  • zackerberg
    05.10.2015

    Off to cook some goat…..inspiring

  • Eva
    05.10.2015

    Loved it!!The imagery brilliant!!Can’t wait to read more of your work.

  • Joy D'Souza
    05.10.2015

    I have never enjoyed a food review like I did this one! This article is truly a masterpiece. You clearly got your dime’s worth from the writing Masterclass. Looking forward to more of your posts.

  • LPFJ3
    05.10.2015

    Oh, joy! The day has come when Biko has made a typo. I always suspected he was human, but now I’m certain of it. Thank you for bringing hope to all of us bad spellers out here, now we can finally have dreams of greatness.

    • bikozulu
      05.10.2015

      I typo all the time! All the time!

  • Eunice
    05.10.2015

    Very sensual, I love.

  • Lorraine Njambi
    05.10.2015

    This is lovely..Karibu Sophie

  • Chebet
    05.10.2015

    Awesome piece….Well done Sophie…now this got me thinking about someone. 😉

  • Flo
    05.10.2015

    I was reading your intro and thinking this is how it starts, such a great intro and then the guest writer will take it to the drains with every word they write. But this was an absolutely delicious read. Looking forward to more pieces from Sophie.

    • Air Hostess
      07.10.2015

      Biko is a seasoned writer, the rest are honing their skills. Let’s give them support & constructive criticism. But yes, he remains unbeaten in descriptive writing and captivating intros!

  • O'brien
    05.10.2015

    I just wish i could come and enjoy ugali,
    Kachubari, goat in Kenya!!!
    Love this pièce!!!

  • Francis
    05.10.2015

    This is a brilliant piece.Damn.

  • Sunshine
    05.10.2015

    WoW!!! Looking forward to more of these!

  • Alex
    05.10.2015

    Great piece. Looking forward to some more from Sophie.

  • Carole
    05.10.2015

    That goat!!!I was in that kitchen Sophie and a man who cooks is a keeper.

  • Katwa
    05.10.2015

    For a moment i was certain this is going to be a dead boring article since its about food, but it has turned out to be a nice read. I like her blend of culinary and expression of love.

  • Njeri
    05.10.2015

    A true diamond in the rough….. true Sophie likes writing about food coz she loves the aura her man brings along every goat night…. or its every single day! Kudos Sophie

  • Silverliniing
    05.10.2015

    Looking forward to more from you Sophie!! I want to read this piece over and over…and…

    Masterpiece !

  • Nzule
    05.10.2015

    Karibu Sophie, you write so beautifully

  • chrisphus m.
    05.10.2015

    A nice piece

  • Size 10
    05.10.2015

    Well marinated story! Give us the name of the butchery in ruaka

  • Mathu
    05.10.2015

    I could bet you 2k that Biko listens to The Moth

  • BAD PETER
    05.10.2015

    A piece of work…but what do you expect from someone who has been through Biko`s class

  • Sophie
    05.10.2015

    Loved it! The goat cooking process was so vivid and romantic. Karibu sana Sophie.

    • Mr. Nduta
      05.10.2015

      Sophie,Mbona unajikaribisha?

      • Size 10
        06.10.2015

        Coz you overcook your bathing water

  • Christine
    05.10.2015

    I really enjoyed this one Sophie looking forward to more.

  • SalsaS88
    05.10.2015

    Sophie..Great writing. I only ask if we can discuss that goat recipe a lil bit more. I make a mean goat dry fry too with all ‘his’ spices + rosemary & oregano. And now thanks to you I know to wear swimming googles when cutting onions so I don’t cry myself silly .

  • Yours Truly
    05.10.2015

    Woi, Someone teach me how to write like that!!!Sophie? Biko? No? Okay:(

  • owa nawiri
    05.10.2015

    Can’t wait to read more of this Sophie… And true, who does not love a guy that knows his way with kitchen stuff… Thou shall never hunger

  • Wakanyi Mungai
    05.10.2015

    Am getting wiered stares at the banking hall for laughing out loud at ‘i like them unferterlised’ this is a bud after my heart.

  • Nao
    05.10.2015

    Story of love written so tastefully. Absolutely lovely

  • Kanyi
    05.10.2015

    Sophie, I could hear the sound of those knives being sharpened. I could smell the goat. I can’t wait to experience more of your writing.

  • Ariel
    05.10.2015

    Welcome, Sophie (my unborn daughter shares your name). I have loved your writing more than I have ever loved any of the guest writers’ here on.
    Way to go!

  • Lydiah
    05.10.2015

    Biko thanks!! Now you are talking! Sophie just made my monday. Great topic love filled kitchen and I can taste the goat! More please…

  • Aluoch
    05.10.2015

    Woow! Maybe I am the only Forensic who reads and cannot write. I love her already and can’t wait for the next article

  • Larry
    05.10.2015

    Well done Sophie. Eggscellent!

    • Size 10
      06.10.2015

      Nice one your eggsellency!

      • nonny
        07.10.2015

        Nailed it

  • Charles Kagana
    05.10.2015

    The best guest post since ‘India’. Keep it up, Sophie, because now the Gang will kill you with the burden of expectations.
    Enjoy the ‘right now’ with that chap. 5 years from now, when the eggs have become fertilized and the brats are all over, he will call on Thursday evening, being ‘held back in an urgent meeting’and it you will die inside because you will know for sure he is late preparing the goat for Christine. And then you will stick things in his mouth and make him say “Ahh”. And it will not be funny anymore.

    • Mr. Nduta
      05.10.2015

      hahaha

    • a
      05.10.2015

      LOL!

    • nellie nellius
      05.10.2015

      nice nice read..kp it up Sophie

    • Vero
      05.10.2015

      Hahaha

  • MsoMuthoni
    05.10.2015

    *I love his goat* wink wink!

  • Ben
    05.10.2015

    I give it 9/10. Awesome 🙂

  • Winnie
    05.10.2015

    I have read this so delicately wishing it didn’t have to end. I love her writing…absolutely. Thanks Bikozulu for introducing Sophie to us.

  • collins
    05.10.2015

    The whole essay is good I have only noticed one thing that Sophie and her man loathe veges. I really looked for vegetables in that menu but only saw tomatoes which only takes care of the heart and how about your skin, eyes, and rashes. Encourage yourselves to start partaking green leafy vegetables. You will reap a million benefits from them.

    • Mr. Nduta
      05.10.2015

      Why vegetables when we have cosmetic surgery,laser technology etc to take care of your skin and eyes?

      • Size 10
        06.10.2015

        Collins do you have a tantalizing recipe for vegetables?

        • collins
          07.10.2015

          Yes I have just contact me and I will avail one

      • collins
        07.10.2015

        Those kind of technology are only good while they last. Try and picture yourself in your sunset days, how will your skin and entire body be. It’s said that take care of your body now so that the body takes care of you in old age

  • Zanze
    05.10.2015

    It is only 10:00am here and I am hungry. Where does one procure goat and ugali in the U.S at this hour?

  • wanja
    05.10.2015

    lovely piece Sophie …..i want some goat cooked for me too

  • Ken
    05.10.2015

    She is good.

  • Caren
    05.10.2015

    It’s like this was written for me…If you meet a guy who enjoys cooking and will do it for you, marry him, fast! You can worry about the details later. Nice piece…and thanks for the advice hehe

  • Kubai
    05.10.2015

    Nice piece Sophie.

  • DENNIS MURIMI
    05.10.2015

    Juicy piece. At one point i felt like she is describing my meat-cooking skills..

  • abdullah omar
    05.10.2015

    the onions got her man emotional unfertilized egg etc but there is nothing exceptionally for a goat skinned and tendered by your man of the moment.i am not doing any marketing for any body but if you ask around the facility is very much in vogue.i can only appreciate your creativity with biko in your next episode but for a woman used to tell men say aah i hope there will be more to rivet my attention than this piece has done.

  • Amani
    05.10.2015

    Yah good piece. Now, I do cook, but I do not know why a number of ladies I’ve met feel insecure with guys who prepare better meals than them. Are they intimidated? Ladies.

    • Dee
      06.10.2015

      Ahem! single?

    • Size 10
      06.10.2015

      It’s coz you can cook better than them, upstaging thenm at their core business. Do you bake?

  • Sharon
    05.10.2015

    Awesome piece, it has like a lot of goodness stirred up. it’s interesting, capturing, sweet…

  • Katlilian
    05.10.2015

    That knife needs replacement Sophie. ION, you inspired a sister. I love.

  • Kabuti
    05.10.2015

    Now that is how you burn a kitchen. Great article

  • sulati
    05.10.2015

    brilliant writing sophie..enjoyed every bit of it..just awesome

  • Hellen
    05.10.2015

    I enjoyed reading.

  • lessiano
    05.10.2015

    very nice piece.some more please

  • lessiano
    05.10.2015

    very nice piece. awesome writing

  • David
    05.10.2015

    This is not meant to be read once. Class act.

  • Joyce
    05.10.2015

    Lovely piece Sophie! I wanna have my Thursday nights too…

  • Steve
    05.10.2015

    Nice piece.Simply amazing!

  • carol green
    05.10.2015

    Totally worth my time. Now I want me a goat cooking man. Thursday is soon approaching 😉

  • Chris Gitonga
    05.10.2015

    An amazing read.

  • Ike
    05.10.2015

    Nice read Sophie

  • byron timothy ouma
    05.10.2015

    and the lady can write ….
    awesome piece would love to see more of her

  • Sheilah
    05.10.2015

    Lovely read. Sophisticated can get you hungry in a heart beat. A man who can cook is a gem and a turn on and boiling an egg does not count. Those writing classes are really something

  • Kay
    05.10.2015

    I love men who are foodies..and foodies that can actually cook at that.my guy has ruined other men for me.wasnt that into him till he fed me.I’m 5kgs heavier.BT those r details…

  • oseko
    05.10.2015

    great piece.Truly biko inspired.Her style of writing is almost identical to yours

  • D. B. Cooper
    05.10.2015

    wow! what a great and unique write. I haven’t heard a Biko voice in it. That means Masterclass objectives achieved! Thumbs up man! Wow Sophie. See u on Wednesday for the Fourth. cheerz

  • Rosslyn
    05.10.2015

    Good writing Sophie! You almost convinced me to give goat meat a second chance but no way. I dislike goat kabisa kabisa. Now nyama ya kondoo hmmm soft and tamu zaidi

  • Jerome Onyango
    05.10.2015

    Great!only wondering why you love your eggs unfertilized!

  • Yvonne
    06.10.2015

    Nooo! The story ended to fast… no.. She must continue next week. I felt like I knew him, the knives, the goat. I could picture everything, set, the house, all propped. Felt like i was sophie the foodie.. Beautiful

    • ReubenMbuve
      08.10.2015

      Stop feeling like you are sophie the foodie, find your own ‘goat man’, hehe

  • Ken Mmoja
    06.10.2015

    Gitonga you were awesome had to put away my late supper to read this article,great read as always

  • Gilbert
    06.10.2015

    For a moment I fumbled for the “Like” button up there to no avail. Blame it on too much FB. Nice debut into the Zulu kingdom. Me like your free spirit girl. Go! Go!

  • oderojimmy
    06.10.2015

    .. .”A fool with a sharp knife leaves you with a patchy goat”..I think this should be a proverb..and all say Amen!. Biko erokamo…BTW, jadudi is back in oyugis…blessings are made of this

  • Renee
    06.10.2015

    So Beautifully written!

  • Joy
    06.10.2015

    Wow!!!! i love this article,,good stuff Sophie.

  • Wangari
    06.10.2015

    Well written. Kudos to you Biko for helping her find her voice and for givivng her a chance to feature here. Well done Sophie.

  • Njooro
    06.10.2015

    For a bit I thought you were an ENT. Anywhoo, well written piece. I believe you’ve found your voice. Well in.

  • wawira
    06.10.2015

    And am now craving goat meat

  • Val
    06.10.2015

    Am a vegetarian and I want to eat that goat! Everything I know is a lie.
    Kudos Sophie!

  • James Njenga
    06.10.2015

    This is a blog that I always look upto for what one can do if they decide to better their craft without minding the applause and hullabaloo from the crowd. Sophie writes smoothly and will indeed make a polished food writer. Biko, the intro was on point

  • Lucy
    06.10.2015

    Amazing writing! Love it. I have to join these classes asap!

  • bettie
    06.10.2015

    Sophie I loved it, simple I know but no better way to say it btw I like my egg’s unfertilised too.wea did you get a man that can cook I want one too

  • Kui
    06.10.2015

    Amazing Piece! Sophia…you’re brilliant! #ilovehisgoat

  • Muthoni
    06.10.2015

    What a delicious story… literally mouth-watering!

  • Magi
    06.10.2015

    Love it.

  • Talu
    06.10.2015

    Aish Biko I need your classes in Mombasa. I have a very comical side that I want to explore. Infact I want to write a book “th devil lives in mtwapa.”

    • Charles Kagana
      06.10.2015

      Yes, the devil lives in Mtwapa.

      • Mr. Nduta
        06.10.2015

        hahaha.

    • Size 10
      06.10.2015

      The devil and traffic live in mtwapa

  • Senachie
    06.10.2015

    Thank you for the recipe. I’m already doing my goat that way, minus the knives foreplay. That one I leave to my butcher!

  • Josephine
    06.10.2015

    I want my own goat.

  • Jack
    06.10.2015

    Nice piece I love it

  • Salim
    06.10.2015

    Please Sophie…write about a cake! Now that we are all goat, I’m keeping my goatee

  • Baker Chagga
    06.10.2015

    Welcome to the gang Sophie….
    Just so u know this crowd has Ugandans too, so brace yourself for better shine

  • Esther
    06.10.2015

    Reminds me of my ex. He made nice chapos!

  • Diana Wamai
    06.10.2015

    Goat meat never tasted so damn good.
    Beautiful piece

  • firstymer
    06.10.2015

    An amiable piece that celebrates marriage!Such are few and far between in the media nowadays. Looking forward to reading more from Sophie.The talent is evident.

  • lucyann
    06.10.2015

    Biko. we the gang want… no,… we demand for a LIKE button.
    so are we having a foodie monday? I love.

    • Aida
      07.10.2015

      Yes. Like button Biko

  • Wanjuhi
    06.10.2015

    Has such a mellow vibe..,

  • Kui Ngugi
    06.10.2015

    I am sure if I tried that goat recipe it would not turn out the same, a great piece Sophie and happy goat eating Thursdays, may they last forever!

  • sue
    06.10.2015

    Hope to see more of your work Sophie. I want goat now or a man to cook goat for me. Awesome awesome read

  • Cece
    06.10.2015

    Does she have a blog? I want more #OliverTwistThings

  • Sandra
    06.10.2015

    Great piece Sophie, I will definitely try out the goat recipe. Looking for that guy who can cook…..

  • Otieno Gerald Otieno
    06.10.2015

    Love it…

  • ireneann
    06.10.2015

    now this was delicious…hope foodie monday is weekly like chero. kudos chero

    • ireneann
      06.10.2015

      meant sophie

  • Ms. Mburugu
    06.10.2015

    Great read.
    Sophie, welcome.

  • kioi
    07.10.2015

    The kitchen is on fire awesome sophie.

  • nonny
    07.10.2015

    ‘I want to be that knife in his hands’….Damn girl!!! I love this piece….beyond the amazing cooking, this piece was just oozing with passion…I love it!!! keep writing sophie

  • done
    07.10.2015

    and somehow Chero is supposed to lose weight.

    • Lorna
      07.10.2015

      hehehe… Thursday will be an exception

  • Lorna
    07.10.2015

    I envy you Sophie but in a good way :-)… very well written

  • Sandra
    07.10.2015

    I also like my eggs unfertilized. Lol.

  • Ben Evans
    07.10.2015

    Now this is out of grading….i enjoyed. Well written

  • john Warui
    07.10.2015

    Hehe Biko nice piece had a similar experience but we did it together….her the meat and spinach(salted with an add of lemon) as I dwelve in Ugali my fav….exceptional experience….brings out the emotions of the night

  • Cynthia
    07.10.2015

    Nice piece. I’m so in for the next master class words are definitely being molded there.

  • Muthoni gladys
    07.10.2015

    This is one right here forced a comment out of me,of all the guest pieces this one takes the lead!!!Sophie this is Spectacular.

  • Michael
    08.10.2015

    My goose cooked!

  • kandovu
    08.10.2015

    She had me at the “Unfertilized’ line. Compelling. Vivid. Konyagi is so underrated.

  • Bernard
    08.10.2015

    Thanks Sophie for that piece.Very relaxing and funny and being the first item on my “to read ” list I am charged up and my liking for goat meat just went up…i can’t wait for thursday night, and Biko big up too this is a truely balanced diet.Kudos!

  • ReubenMbuve
    08.10.2015

    Biko, can you tell Mr. Mwiti to add a ‘like’ button for the comments, some comments here are just hillarious and wity, they need to be ‘like’, hehe

  • Miano
    08.10.2015

    mmmmh…delicious.
    ladies leteni masikio hapa…If you meet a guy who enjoys cooking and will do it for you, marry him, fast! You can worry about the details later.

  • eric
    08.10.2015

    Never met anyone who could write so creatively and with such depth about food. Kudos.

  • Anne
    08.10.2015

    Jesu! This is brilliant. And to imagine its just about the humble goat. Am smitten.

  • Mkhana
    09.10.2015

    Beautifully written. The subtle nuances, my outright laughter, the wit, my appreciation! Love this, Sophie.

  • mercy
    09.10.2015

    of all guest writers she is my favouritest (if there is such a word anyway). I am a lady and was brought up in the countryside. I can make an equally tasty goat.

  • Zorro Ellie
    09.10.2015

    If you can get a woman who cooks with her words, marry her ASAP. The gossips will always make you hungry.

  • Collins
    09.10.2015

    But This lady can write though, lovely words!!!

  • Mike
    10.10.2015

    That piece is genius!

  • ndanu
    11.10.2015

    You must be a wonderful teacher Biko.
    This is a well written piece Sophie… Keep up honey!

  • jeff
    12.10.2015

    I suddenly hate skinning a goat…im sure i can create such a mess when handed a sharp knife

  • Robert
    12.10.2015

    Biko, forget about this Migingo thing for once and bring this Writing Masterclass to Kampala for the sake of the EAC!!!

  • Emmanuel Taracha
    12.10.2015

    Wow! Master Biko this subject has done you proud. Cheers! Welcome Sophie, You killed this one. Wherever I go whatever I do I will always find time to read you blog Biko. I thank God for my friend for having introduced me to this blog. I think the articles I do on my blog http://www.heremyinkdrops.wordpress.com need the kind of lush this blog’s articles exhibit. How do I join your master class Biko?

  • Annie
    13.10.2015

    Wow! This is an great piece. Sophie makes someone who is not a meat fan want to have meat. Biko I love your guest bloggers 🙂

  • Jude
    13.10.2015

    Nice!

  • sasa
    13.10.2015

    Remarkable subtlety and wit almost satirical. No disclaimers necessary.

  • punditik
    16.10.2015

    Awesomeness! I salute you!!

  • Edna
    18.10.2015

    I liked Biko’s intro more, especial the first encounter with Sophie. By the way i still plan to take that writing masterclass too, soon. So help me God.

    • Edna
      18.10.2015

      *especially

  • Nicholas Kandie
    04.11.2015

    All this action at the sharp end of of a knife…not bad…not bad at all

  • Victor
    18.11.2015

    So much fun. Tantalizing.

  • Simon
    19.11.2015

    Biko you’re the best man….keeping us up to date with good stuff from other amazing people around. that’s positive energy. big up brother!!

  • Will
    02.04.2016

    I don’t normally comment but boss.. Good job

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