Sorry for the long delay in posting. It has been a fairly busy time over here. But before I report on that - I mentioned early on (here) that, for about $10 a month, I get lunches everyday at the office. Here's a photoblog of my weekly eats. Yum!
Rice, red beans, meat stew. Delectable - the beans and rice by themselves would be good enough to sustain me for years. The meat stew adds a little bit of heaven.
Ugali, Sukuma, meat stew and 'spaghetti'. Ugali is the white block in the picture - made out of maize flour. It is dense and has the texture of a good pound cake, minus all the sugar. The sukuma is what they sometimes call 'spinach' here, but is probably closer to kale. It is slightly bitter, but they cook it with onions, and it goes really well in this meal. The pasta is a bit of a delicacy to my colleagues. And the meat stew is the icing on the 'cake'.
MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK: Chapati wednesdays. Chapati, with pea stew and meat stew. Seems simple, but east africans have a particular way of making chapatis (different from the way they are made in India), and I find them addictive. This is a no utensil meal - chapati dipped in sauce. The meat stew gives it a bit of a kick.
Rice, beans & carrots, cabbage and meat stew. This is a curious mix, actually. As above, the rice and beans are so good, I could just eat them non-stop. But, this time, the cabbage is added, and its crunchy, yet cool and refreshing effect on my palate makes me feel like I could jump up and run a marathon. The meat stew adds a subtle bit of oomph to the mix.
This is much the same as Tuesday's meal - Ugali, sukuma and meat stew. However, the absence of the spaghetti is covered up by piling on a huge amount of sukuma. I feel like popeye when I eat all the greens, but it's the meat stew that really builds the muscle.
So, there you go - that is a report from my stomach. I personally really enjoy the food here. Especially the more traditional stuff. I don't have any pictures of my nights out eating Nyama Choma, though, that will have to wait.