Oh, foodie friends, how I wish I could send you photos!
Due to limited technology support here (and the fact
that I won’t turn on data on my phone for fear of the
$20/mb international charges), I can’t show you
photos just yet. But for a foodie, any international
trip is fascinating, especially so in Ghana.
Just as I saw last year, the streets are lined with
peddlers carrying enormous bowls on their heads
holding dried plantains, breads, even
doughnut-hole-looking things, not to mention
Walmart-ware such as toilet paper, razors and baggies
of clean water for drinking.
At the same time, this primitive landscape led us
right up to the Accra Mall, which is very sleek and
modern. We went there to shop for…groceries! There
is a wonderful grocery store, called the Shopmart,
right there in the mall. Weird, but cool. I took some
photos for you of all the delightfully strange things
I found there.
One I picked up to take home: palm oil. I know, it’s
terrible for you, and you can probably get it in the
states, but not easily. I need it to recreate the
kontomire stew and other dishes from here that use
it. It looks like a big, red heart attack in a
bottle. But it’s yummy.
As our church group was being oriented this morning
for our week’s work, we found out something
cool…rather than packing our own sandwiches, the
locals will be providing lunches for us. LOCAL food.
Yay!!! I’ll take photos of that, too.
I won’t go through all the mission-related stuff
here, but if you’re interested, follow along at
cbcnlr.posterous.com (the group site) or my blog at
Thanks for coming along with me. It’ll be yummy!