It has been a while since I’ve posted anything and I promise I have a good reason. I’ve been in Uganda! Yes, the country in east Africa. My husband’s family lives there, so the trip was partly a vacation to visit them and partly a humanitarian trip. We spent the first week hosting a leadership training conference and the second week working with Cherish, an organization that rescues kids with HIV/AIDS and gives them a family, education and a future. I even got to lead a workshop for teachers on how to teach Math creatively.
It was all very exciting and I had every intention of taking pictures of the food I ate so that I could blog about it. However, one problem was that most of the time we ate when it was rather dark out, and I forgot to bring any picture-taking device. The other problem was that I didn’t end up eating a lot of the “traditional” food, because I kept getting sick! Usually I LOVE groundnut sauce (kinda like peanut sauce) and chapati (a flatbread like naan), but I just couldn’t get it down this time. So frustrating!
So, instead, while visiting my in-laws, I cooked very Canadian food, with what I could find there. Our friends who stayed with us said they’ve never eaten so much cheese in one week! We had MANY grilled cheese sandwiches, omelets, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and ratatouille. And now my husband has even sworn off eggs.
The best treat, however, was the rice krispie squares. Now, I did bring my own marshmallows, because I didn’t think you could get them there. But I have since been informed you can find them in Uganda (they just might be pink). If you live in North America, I definitely suggest making them with 1/2cup browned butter and a pinch of salt because they are AMAZING! However, the butter in Uganda is a little strong, so if you live there, use 1/4 cup margarine or follow the directions below for peanut butter rice krispie squares. We made them both ways (since I had the foresight to bring two bags of marshmallows) and the peanut butter ones were definitely consumed a lot faster.
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares
I realize you can get this recipe on any box of Rice Krispies in North America, but shockingly, you can’t in other parts of the world!
What to do:
Butter an 8-inch square pan.
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the peanut butter and margarine (or if you’re just using butter, brown the butter). Add the marshmallows and stir until they melt. Remove from heat. Add the cereal, one cup at a time, until combined.
Scoop the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and smooth with a rubber spatula or your hands that have been covered with grease (the things you do when you are not in your own kitchen!). When you’re ready to enjoy, cut into squares and eat!