Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 14 > The last day

Today is our last day for regular food. It has been interesting to be super aware of what we eat. To be honest, I am certain we have missed a lot of snacks, because my fridge has less celery and carrots in it than it should. Our friends who do missions to Gambia sent us this email:

Hmmm, Gambian menu (from what I observed at work anyhow)
wake up and drink tea
eat either porridge ("cous" or pounded rice) or tapa lapa with some sort of meat on it at about 9:30 am
more tapa lapa with meat at around 2pm or fou-fou or rice with meat
more rice and meat at about 7 or 8 pm

snack on random nuts and things in bags all day long if hungry.


  • 6 T Peanut Butter
  • tiny pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 C water
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 1 cube soup broth (knorr, oxo or maggi, chicken or veggie)
  • 1 squirt lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  1. Boil water. Mix-in broth.
  2. Mix-in Peanut Butter until smooth.
  3. Mix in tomato paste.
  4. Add garlic, cayenne.
  5. cook until oil is rising to the top
  6. Add lime juice in last 5 minutes of cooking.
  7. add cooked chicken or beef at last minute and stir in

tapa lapa is like a dense white flour french bread (hand made, always has bits of dirt and whatnot baked into it, taste is awesome yummy)
foufou is rice flour made into a glue like ball
meat options are goat, sheep, fish, horse
and like I said, not a lot of veggies, sorry bout that.
there is a significant gap between poor and rich there, so just adjust meat and total food intake to match the income level you want to try.

There are a few things we will need to adjust. For instance, I am fairly certain I have never seen horse at the grocery store. Our friends have also told us that in the poorer population of Gambia there is such a level of malnutrition that their hair turns red. As this is meant to teach and not harm our children we will be supplementing some veggies. However, in keeping with the incredible sameness of the meals everyday, those veggies will be carrots and broccoli. The veggies are going to replace the nuts which are expensive here. The only other adjustment is that we will only have one meal with meat per day and that meat may also be beef since it is often less expensive than sheep or fish. Bargain hunting will be the thing. Today is shopping day!

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