A piece of beef is analogous to the winning piece in a game.
Yes, if it’s what stands out on a plate of food that my and your parents would normally whip us for.
“Baana bange (my children), eat your meat last!”
Those taboos instilled in society the importance of healthy eating habits, food discipline, and ‘waste.’
Today’s ceremonies feature a mountain top plate piled high with bits and pieces of everything and nothing left: falling over steak, chicken sticks, fish fillet, oozing soup, and ground nut paste, all tied to one’s appetite!
The appetite (plate) size is usually enough to feed dozens of other guests! Does this sound familiar?
Graduation week brings party after party. Pressure is mounting on event organizers who are wary of guests who serve themselves, the equivalent of a week’s buffet on a single invitation.
The disciplined are left with only gravy staring at them as they knock down round after round, some stuff left untouched because there is no space to fill!
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“Emmere tufumbire dala nyingi wakiri enelemela wo,” loosely translated as “we should prepare food in abundance even if it means having a pile of leftovers,”
Event organizers have been reduced to preparing more than what will be consumed in order to satisfy uncontrollable appetites!
My close friend has been planning her coveted 20-person luncheon for her master’s degree graduation.
Her small food budget appeared to be sufficient to cover the number, but she was still uneasy and wary of including extra plates in the name of – guests who consume piles for the sake of greed.
She went on to say that some guests don’t mind if other guests are hungry or not, and will even pack and take away the leftovers.
Is this a case of gluttony or greed? At times, the line is so thin that the perpetrators confuse us.
Food left untouched during a Ugandan family’s celebration is referred to as ’emeere ekolima’ (loosely meaning food abandoned curses). Some have conveniently exploited the virtue for personal gain.
Is the etiquette of carrying only enough food important?
May you redeem yourself from the bad habit of carrying a spillover plate as people push further away from the line to avoid the stain of your misbehaving delicacies on all upcoming occasions.
A guide to a delicious plate of food
Remember that you can always eat more at home.
From the buffet, select only your favorite foods.
Consider that other people in line deserve a piece of the pie.
If you’re on a diet, stick to it and only eat what you need.
On occasion, additional intake from the regular diet results in weight gain.