Cooking African style!

On Tuesday we did something I was very much looking forward to: cooking! We visited two foster families and prepared lunch there. Emilie and Penina went to one, and Leah and I went to one. The bibi, or the grandmother of the house had been in a a motorcycle accident and had difficulties with doing housework. So our task for the day was to prepare lunch.

First of all we had to pick figili leaves, or radish, from the garden behind the orphanage. Then we left for the foster families, and on the way we stopped to buy some beef from a butcher. We bought that kind of meat I didn’t think I’d let myself eat – the one that hangs in a room that faces the street, all day in the heat. Keywords: fumes, dust, flies. Did I eat the meat? Of course I did. After cleaning it and cooking it properly, of course. 

Here are a few pictures of what we did:

We had to “screen” the rice for sand. I’d never done this before.. 

We had to “screen” the rice for sand. I’d never done this before.. 

This little boy, Fineas, hung around me the whole time I was cooking. Now we were waiting patiently for the rice to cook over the fire.

This little boy, Fineas, hung around me the whole time I was cooking. Now we were waiting patiently for the rice to cook over the fire.

This is a picture of the fire while we we’re cooking our veggies.

This is a picture of the fire while we we’re cooking our veggies.

It took more than three hours to prepare lunch! I’m gonna hug my stove when I get home. 

- Francesca