Friday, May 05, 2006


these last few days have been insane!
its finally hit me (i believe its officially friday in toronto - 0h53 in the morning..) that WE WILL BE IN GHANA IN 3 DAYS!!!

the training this week has been intense, and i have probably learnt more about development and creating change, and "results based management" and participatory learning in the last few days than i have in my whole life.
all 27 of us living in this 3 bedroom house have been working insane hours, learning, sharing, laughing, writing about cassava crop management and fighting for the 2 bathrooms at 3 or 4 in the morning...

today we just ate ghanaian food (for me the first time) and it was super super fantastic! things i ate included cassava fufu which is kind of like, the best i can describe it is 'uncooked bread dough' (or for my parents and brother who are reading this, and probably the only people who would get it - kozhukattai mavu) , 'groundnut sauce' which has groundnuts, chicken, um.. other unidentified animals and stuff, fried plantains (so tasty!) and fish and rice, all of it was fantastic!
eating, is apparently a communal affair; my friend ghislaine, louis and levi (west African veterans..schooled) , squatted surrounding a bowl with fufu and groundnut sauce and we all ate with our right hands - from the same bowl. interesting thing about the fufu - you swallow it whole! its rude to chew it, so you sort of just...gulp it down!

for the ewb'ers, i am so excited to bring back some fantastic information for our chapter and find new ways we can make impact!
anyway, i have to get to reading my 14 pages of the "Sorghum in Zambia" done before tomorrow and its edging on late late late.
i miss you all (no really, i really do!) and i hope you're keeping well!
love, fufu, and plenty of joy,


At 6:35 p.m., Anonymous Khizar said...

that food story is quite interesting....mostly i like the name "fufu"

At 8:23 a.m., Anonymous phyto said...

I'd be interested in a list of words that you learn while you're there - among all the other things you have to do!

Good luck on the travels!

At 10:32 p.m., Anonymous Mel said...

Recipes! If you come across any foods you think I could make with ingredients that are local (or at least accessible) to Manitoba, do share.

At 11:42 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does fufu look like whipped mashed potatoes but more solid? Its made with cornmeal? We called Posho. I HATED groundnut sauce but LOVED groundnuts... bring some back for me k? I promise I'll pay you back!

At 12:19 p.m., Anonymous Alex said...

I love that story I can just see you eating it and this curious look on your face as you try not to chew hehe
I miss you too!
It was weird not having you at my birthday!

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