On this evening everything was so uncomplicated, spontaneous, easy going, no hassles, no troubles only the enjoyment of life.
Sit down, doing nothing, only relaxing. Enjoying conversation with the people, the view of Lake Malawi, the sound of the waves and of course this excellent food.
I am very thankful for this experience, because that is a very rare lifestyle for us.
Bruce a South African – English man invited us to this nice evening. His beautiful girlfriend and other nice friends of him where also with us.
Actually, Bruce friends prepared this tasty barbecued Butter fish with rice and tomato sauce, and believe me, these guys know, how to cook on open fire.
They got the Butter fish directly from a fisherman, who caught the fish just some hours ago, brought it with a wooden canoe and sold it to the guys on the shore of the lake. That’s the usual way how it works here.
Fresh butter fish, what a luxury for us!!!
When we arrived at Bruce campsite, the Butter fish was already prepared for the barbecue in the traditional way: Cleaned, scaled and opened only on one side.
This peaceful evening started with a nice talk about everything. While chatting I always observed with interest the way how this young man cut the fresh tomatoes and onions. He didn’t have a chopping board, so he cut all these vegetables in very small cubes in his hands with his own technique. It looked like cutting mangoes.
First, they started to build two fireplaces.
For the tomato sauce, a small one on the sandy beach, in which they placed the fire wood in the middle, surrounded with 5 big stones.
The second fireplace was for the barbecue.
It needed some time to prepare perfect barbecue embers. In between they started to cook the rice.
At the same time the other friends cooked
the tomato sauce on the small fireplace.
They needed only 4 ingredients for this flavorful sauce: Oil, onion, tomatoes and salt!
Mmmh, but what is the secret of this flavorful taste?
Using juicy fresh tomatoes and cooking on open fire! It is impossible to get this taste on a gas stove.
The embers were ready!
One of the friends put the butter fish on the cooking grate and sprinkled only some salt on it.
He explained to me that more spices are not required. Later on when I enjoyed the fish, I understood what he is talking about and he was right, absolutely right.
This man always kept an eye on the barbecue. He watched the distance between embers and fish, because the fish need some distance from the heat.
Sometimes he turned the fish. After about 30 minutes the fish was golden brown and READY TO EAT!
All of us were in a good mood,
the barbecued Butter fish looked great …
… rice was ready…
… and tomato sauce smelled good!
I took quickly some images to remember that moment and not too much longer followed
the pure enjoyment of this delicious food.
Good food, lovely people around us and a beautiful place with an awesome atmosphere!