Mock Hippopotamus Soup

Sir Samuel Baker and his wife Lady Florence slowly and laboriously made their way through the Sudd – the dense papyrus swamps of what is today southern Sudan – on their way to discover the Albert N’yanza.  Along the way many skirmishes were made with hippopotami, which was an animal favored by the locals both for its meat and its fat.

Intrepid cook that he was, Sir Baker concocted a soup of hippo head and spices that he and his crew found quite good:

Sir Baker posing as an ‘explorer’. Source: Wikipedia

Sir Samuel Baker,    The Albert N’Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile, Vol. 1 1867

A new dish! There is no longer mock-turtle soup–REAL turtle is MOCK HIPPOPOTAMUS.

I tried boiling the  fat, flesh, and skin together, the result being that the skin  assumes the appearance of the green fat of the turtle, but is  far superior.

A piece of the head thus boiled, and then soused in vinegar, with chopped onions, cayenne pepper,  and salt, throws brawn completely in the shade.

My men  having revelled in a cauldron of hippopotamus soup, I serve  out grog at sunset, all ships being together. Great…


About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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