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Tales From The Bush Larder

Chef Kiran Jethwa searches his home country of Kenya for ingredients to create traditional native dishes.

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Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 12 
    On the coast at Watamu, Kiran tries two methods of deep sea fishing for local tuna and gigantic sailfish, and returns to Nairobi with smoked fish carpaccio.
  • Season 1 | Episode 11 
    Ostrich Egg, Cow's Blood, and Cattle Hump
    Kiran collects an egg at an ostrich farm outside of Nairobi, then travels to Mara to immerse himself in the cattle-raising culture of the Maasai.
  • Season 1 | Episode 10 
    The beach at Che Chale gives Kiran a chance to try catch slippery octopus with a homemade spear gun.  He cooks up his catch with local cassava.
  • Season 1 | Episode 9 
    Tea and Molo Lamb
    Kiran learns to harvest and process tea in Kericho, slaughters a prized Molo lamb and cooks it overnight in a pit of smoked tea leaves.
  • Season 1 | Episode 8 
    Coral Fish, Oysters and Clams
    In the north coast, Kiran joins the “crazy raft men” who paddle out in the estuary with surfboards improvised from debris, then cooks up a feast of fresh oysters and clams.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    M.t Kenya Trout
    Kiran scales the wild slopes of Mt. Kenya to Lake Rutundu where two gamekeepers teach him how to fish for different varieties of trout.
  • Season 1 | Episode 6 
    Kiran indulges in palm wine (“mnazi”) in the beach town of Diani, goes trawling for prawns, and explores Mombasa’s bustling spice market.
  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    Lake Victoria White Bait
    Kiran braves a lightning storm on Lake Victoria while he fishes for Omena.  He also visits a peanut farm and gathers green bananas known as “matoke.”
  • Season 1 | Episode 4 
    Rice and Fowl
    In the rice paddies of Embu, Kiran joins the harvest and assists a duck hunter who provides him with a variety of fowl for a field dinner and to take back to his Nairobi restaurant.
  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    Kiran heads to a mirror lake in Naivasha to catch some Louisiana Crayfish and stops by one of Kenya’s most prolific wineries.
  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    African Wild Honey & Game Meat
    Kiran goes into the bush near Machakos where he learns from a beekeeper how to use honey to trap a Guinea Fowl, Kenya’s equivalent of wild chicken.
  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Mud Crabs
    Kiran visits the coastal town of Malindi and learns how to hunt in the mud for crabs, gather fresh tamarind pods, and fry up Kenyan donuts, known as “mandazi.”