Friday, October 03, 2008

Planes, trains, and plantains

I finally have a chance to put a little message up here, letting you all know I'm safe and sound in Accra.
We arrived a few days ago, after a very long flight from Philadelphia. Things have been moving at whirlwind pace thus far, but we finally had some free time to explore today. Technically, we're on a cultural scavenger hunt, but one of my tasks was to find an internet cafe and see how much it is for an hour (the answer - 0.60GP - roughly 50 cents, and 1/6 of my daily allowance while here).
Now I'm off to buy a sim card for my cell phone. I'll try to reply to individual messages later.
Love to all.
PS - Plantains are in season and fantastic. And no, my banana allergy does not extend to plantains. Mmmmm, fufu.


Chris Affolter said...

Fufu. Sounds delightful.

A fun plantain recipe for you:
# 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
# 1 large ripe plantain, coarsely chopped
# ¾ cup chopped yellow onion
# 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
# ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
# ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
# ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
# ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice

Sautee plantains, set aside. Mash cooked beans with cilantro cumin pepper and lime juice. Mix with fried plantains. Can be baked into an enpanada or would make a decent sandwich spread.

Much love,

kathew said...

I am finally reading your entry-yay! You made it safe and sound-cannot wait to read your next entry. Have fun! Kathe and Russell