1st guest post for Christmas ~ Valentia

Our very first guest post comes from the delightful Miss Valentia, I think it is befitting to label her a veteran blogger seeing that she has been doing it since December 2007 on her blog Valentia.  She is newly engaged (Congratulations hun 🙂 ), a lover of music (I am sure you are familiar with ValFM), a former Diasporan and a food enthusiast. She is always tweeting links to food websites and recipes, so I asked her to do a food inspired post.

She was kind enough to share with us a tantalizing pork recipe that I am already dying to try out. Here she is, chef extraordinaire….. Valentia 🙂



Black Lantern Pork Ribs with a Valentia Inspired Twist

The bubbly and sunshiny @Nkirdizzle asked me to write a guest post about all things food related…and the things I’ve learnt about my various travels up and about this continent of ours.

Cooking is one of the joys of my life. I dislike regimented cooking (aka that home cooking where you have to ensure you have cooked sijui 3 different vegetables etc- type of cooking). I love experimenting with recipes I’ve read about or tried, or some of mummy’s tried and tested recipes. It usually involves some good music and a glass of something delicious (insert glass of white/rose wine, Baileys, herbal tea or smoothie) to get the process moving.

I spend my time (in unequal proportions) in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. They are all *home* for me for various reasons (family, work, love). As a foodie (albeit a learner) I have come to love foods from these countries and experiment with different ingredients in my kitchen.

One thing everyone knows about Uganda is that they love their pork. Goodness me..the first time I went, I was inundated  with different pork recipes left, right and centre. From the simple roast pork (or pork choma to us Kenyans), oven baked pork, marinated pork, stir fried pork with vegetables. The list is endless…

One of my favorite places to visit in Uganda is Black Lantern near the Bujagali Falls in Jinja. I fell in love with a delicious pork rib recipe that I simply had to re-create at home. So we asked the chef how they prepared their signature dish and proceeded to make it at home in Kampala the next weekend. I added my own twist to the recipe and it was all kinds of awesome (The original recipe didn’t have aromat, thyme or tomato puree).


When I marinate meats I tend to taste the marinade as I go along. I highly recommend this as you can then tweak the marinade to your specific taste. This may also explain why my measurements are vague…Happy cooking!


  • Pork ribs (now the quantity depends on you.  If you are a lover of pork then aim for four to five ribs per person)
  • Apricot jam
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Honey
  • Tomato puree
  • Thyme
  • Aromat
  • Black pepper
  • Barbecue  sauce
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic


  1. Chop the onions, garlic and ginger roughly.
  2. Put the pork chops in a heavy pan and add the onions, ginger and garlic. Top up with water and boil for one hour.
  3. Drain the pork ribs. You can retain the onions, garlic and ginger to add to the marinade if you wish.
  4. To mix the marinade, mix the honey, tomato puree, thyme, apricot jam, ketchup, aromat, black pepper and barbecue sauce in a bowl. (I normally add the different ingredients bit by bit, tasting as I go along until I get it to the right consistency)

    The marinade

  5. Coat the pork ribs with the marinade and arrange them on the baking tray (or simplify things for yourself and mix the marinade in the dish you are planning to bake the ribs in! #Win)
  6. Cover the tray with foil and oven bake for one hour or until they are done to your liking. Alternatively, you can roast the ribs. If you choose to roast the ribs, slow roasting works best.

Marinated Pork

7. Serve with avocado, boiled or fried cassava slices, kachumbari, ugali, fries, salads or whatever other accompaniment you desire.

Now this is what the Black Lantern ribs look like…

Black Lantern Ribs

Tis the season to be merry and what-not…so give this pork recipe a try and yes, feel free to tweet me and let me know how good it tastes! Pork is not a waist friendly food…lakini as my beloved @a_kabari says “Eat drink & make merry for in January, we diet!”



  • Dance for you- Beyonce
  • Letter to my ex- Tanya Lacey
  • Lights on- Katy B ft Ms. Dynamite
  • Let’s go crazy- Prince



4 thoughts on “1st guest post for Christmas ~ Valentia

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