This is partly inspired by Phill’s experience of a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ safari that he was lucky enough to experience when he was younger. His enthusiasm for what he experienced: the sparse landscape, the heat, the amazing spectacle and privilege of seeing animals in their natural habitat, rather than peering at them, captive, through the bars in a zoo somewhere was a humbling experience that has never got old. I am gratified by Lola and Finn’s interest in natural history and their inquisitive minds when it comes to animals, and I hope the adventure of an early morning start, as the sun peers above the morning mist, the stillness, only disturbed by our movements in an off road vehicle and then by the amazing sight of elephants milling about around a watering hole, or the lion creeping as it stalks its prey, or the giraffe (Lola’s particular favourite!) elegantly reaching up to pick the leaves from the highest branches of the acacia trees.
I’d hope that both Lola and Finn would be up for sleeping in tents, closing their eyes surrounded by the sounds of the African bush, playing out some kind of Safari symphony – if not, well I could put up with one of those lovely safari lodges I am sure.
Kenyan Ground Round Curry, adapted from Food.com
Serves Lola, Finn, Mum and Dad
An American recipe, so cup measurements
My adaptations in red
salt and pepper