Sunday, May 12, 2013
So, after I complained about the food options here, some people suggested that I eat the local food rather than try to live on an American diet in West Africa. In theory that is a good idea. And I do eat some local foods--chicken is a staple, pineapples, bananas. But Ghanaians pretty much live on yams, mashed into fufu, fried, etc., and rice. Both of which are hugely starchy and leave me feeling like I need a nap. And the local delicacy?
On the other hand, the other "local" culture is Lebanese. For some reason there is a huge Lebanese population here, and they own many of the grocery stores. I could eat Lebanese food all of the time, and am completely obsessed with the hot pink pickled turnips. So I went shopping yesterday and bought some stuff to make sandwiches.
So this was my lunch. Pita, chicken, arugala, yogurt, tahini, tomato, cilantro and those pickled turnips. Isn't it yummy looking? It clocks in at 530 calories, which is high for lunch, but the chicken is leftover and was marinated in yogurt and then rolled in panko and parm, so there are some added calories there. Plus it's 6 oz of chicken because I wanted to eat it before it went bad. I think that I could make this for maybe 425-450 with plain chicken. It was HUGE, and delicous!
grasscutter photo: http://mofa.gov.gh/site/wp-con