3 Jul 2020

Make the most of lockdown and dedicate some of that extra time to learning something new…something Ethiopian!


Cook Ethiopian

This month’s offering is a Banana Teff loaf recipe from award-winning, Lovegrass Ethiopia, an Ethiopian Teff brand based in London and Addis Ababa, that produces and distributes gluten-free, healthy food products made from the Ethiopian super grain.

Their range includes Teff Flour, Teff grain, White Teff Fusilli Pasta, Crispy Teff Flakes, and Teff Pancake and Waffle Mix.

For more information about Lovegrass, including recipes, visit thelovegrass.com.


Banana Chocolate Teff Loaf

It seems like everyone is baking banana bread during lockdown. In fact, banana bread recipes have become the most popular for British home bakers amid the coronavirus lockdown.

So here’s one with an Ethiopian twist.



  • 175 g teff flour
  • 5 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 160 coconut sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 250 g ripe bananas (peeled)
  • 80 ml milk or plant alternative



Preheat oven to 170C/160C fan/gas 3.

Line a 2lb tin with baking paper (allow it to come slightly above the tin).

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and chocolate chips.

Separate the eggs. Mash the bananas and stir in the egg yolks, oil, and milk. Beat egg whites until stiff.

Mix the wet banana mixture with the dry ingredients, then gently fold in the egg whites.

Pour into the tin, bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Serve with coconut yogurt or vanilla ice-cream.


Watch a documentary

Bekoji 100

The award-winning Bekoji 100, a short film that explores the stories of Desta and Zabu, two adolescent female runners from Bekoji, in Ethiopia is now available online.

The film follows them as they embark on the first-ever 100-mile, ultra-relay race across Ethiopia alongside international runners and their Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) teammates. They share their athletic ambitions and the trials they face as young women in their society.

Viewers see how running can help young girls grow into successful independent, strong runners.

The small town of Bekoji is a “running mecca that has produced some of Ethiopia’s best runners” such as two-time Olympic gold medallist Derartu Tulu and sisters Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, and 18 Olympic medals.

The film was produced by the Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF), which “envisions a world in which every girl is able to design a future of her choosing” and invests “in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their communities.” The girls are dedicated to running but also want to build lives outside the sport.

The run took place in January 2019, and thanks to the relay and film, $30,000 was raised and is being invested in the GGRF community in Bekoji. Watch the film on the Girls Gotta Run website.

Visit an Art Exhibition

Many exhibitions remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has forced cultural institutions to explore alternative ways to showcase their offerings with online exhibitions now on the rise.

Merikokeb Berhanu: Cellular Universe

Addis Fine Art presents Cellular Universe, Merikokeb Berhanu’s third solo show with the gallery.

Merikokeb’s vibrant works at first glance appear abstract: swirls of colour circulate organically across the canvas creating imagery that mesmerises and draws in the viewer. Closer inspection reveals recognisable forms; familiar patterns from the natural world start to emerge, creating a mysterious almost subterranean atmosphere.

Untitled XLIX, 2020

The online viewing runs from 27th June – 14th July.

For further information, visit the Addis Fine Art website at www.addisfineart.com

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