A TASTE OF SALA’S

World Class Cuisine in The Wilderness
Hidden in the wild depths of the southern Masai Mara, Sala’s Camp is remote, yet you wouldn’t know it from the food. Vibrant, nutrient rich and bursting with character, Sala’s chefs inject flavours from all corners of the world to create banquets worthy of the gods.

Delicate rice paper rolls using fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden

The Dream Team
Solomon, James, Vinnie and Patita make up Sala’s ‘kitchen dream team’, the architects behind the mouth-watering meals that guests enjoy whilst on safari.

‘I’ve worked in many different five-star hotels over the last ten years, but none compare to Sala’s Camp; our team have a very strong bond. Every year we get fresh training and we’re all dedicated to our passion for making the food better and better each day!’ ~ James, chef at Sala’s Camp

Their deep sense of togetherness and pride as one team shines through. When they’re not in the kitchen, they love playing badminton, volleyball and football together with the rest of the Sala’s Camp team.

Delicious homemade canapes with sundowners

A Feast for the Eyes
Anyone lucky enough to have stayed at Sala’s Camp will know that the lunch time platters are not only a treat for the taste buds, but a feast for the eyes too. Popping with bright edible blooms and fresh herbs from the garden, they’re almost too attractive to eat! Give this beautifully bright Mango & Cashew Nut Slaw a try with a zingy Thai dressing:

You will need:
A finely sliced selection of the following:

red cabbage
white cabbage
carrots
spinach
cucumber
mango

For the dressing, combine:
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp lime juice
1½ tsp fish sauce
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
pinch of finely chopped fresh red chilli
2 tbsp toasted coconut
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp honey

Mix together and taste, before stirring through the salad.

Nyama Choma
Nyama Choma literally means ‘burnt meat’ in Swahili and is a firm favourite amongst Kenyans. True to his Maasai roots, grilled meat is head chef Solomon’s number one dish to cook. And, although he might be a tiny bit biased, he’s adamant that Sala’s nyama choma is the best he’s ever had! Once a week guests are treated to a sunset feast on Sala’s custom made BBQ which is, naturally, shaped like a wildebeest. Guests often ask about the meat marinades because they’re so delicious, so here’s our Beef Mishkaki Marinade for you to try. Solomon and his team use it for the tastiest beef skewers.

You will need:
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Worchester sauce
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp grated ginger
½  cup oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp honey

Blend together and the marinade is ready to go.

Sweet Treats
Patita is Sala’s pastry chef whose passion lies in all things sweet. From coconut parfaits to homemade ice-cream garnished with fresh mint sprigs from the garden, not many guests can resist Sala’s delightful desserts. Patita’s family can’t either! He loves to make ice-cream for them at home as it’s so quick and easy. Here’s Patita’s irresistible Chai & Ginger Ice-cream recipe:

You will need: 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, 3 tea bags, large chunk freshly grated ginger (more or less, depending on how gingery you like it), 2 tsp vanilla essence, pinch salt, 1 litre whipping cream, 4 egg whites firmly whipped.

To prepare:

  1. Boil the milk, water, tea bags and fresh ginger until reduced by half (to around 1 cup). Remove tea bags and leave to cool.
  2. Combine the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Stir in the milky tea and ginger mixture. Set aside until needed.
  3. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  4. Whisk the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream, being careful not to totally deflate the whipped cream.
  5. Fold in the whipped egg whites.
  6. Put immediately into a chilled ice-cream container.

Discover More
We hope we’ve inspired you to make some of the yummy recipes we serve at Sala’s Camp in your own home, or even better, come and experience the ‘dream team cuisine’ with us in the Masai Mara. You can discover more of The Safari Collection’s delicious recipes from one of our other properties in our Taste of Solio blog.

Sala’s team of chefs in the kitchen garden

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