Monday, March 17, 2008


We're going to get fat here! The food is good, though my only complaint is that it's really starchy.

Here's our usual menu, courtesy of the host family:

Breakfast: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with instant coffee + powdered milk.

Lunch= varies, but lately has been "eggy bread" (french toast, basically-- 4 pieces) and Fanta several times. Not my favorite, but some days they feed us during training up at the Peace Corps substation, so that's something to look forward to.

Dinner is the best meal. It's rice plus nshima (cornmeal paste that you roll into a ball with your hand-- like very thick grits or polenta), and relish, which just means things to put on the rice and in the nsima. It's always at least three things: a tomato onion sauce, a green vegetable (usually chopped pumpkin leaves or rape) and a protein (scrambled eggs, chicken for Trevor, soya pieces, beans). Zambians eat nshima at least once a day, and some three times a day. They even make drinks from is: maheau, a thin fruit-flavored version; and shake shake, the alcoholic one. (It smells like vomit-- I didn't taste it.)

We supplement with cookies from the tuck shops. Clothes still fit-- so far!

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