Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."

Amelia Earhart

Groundnut Soup with FuFu
One of my favorite traditional Ghanaian dishes.  Groundnuts (the Ghanaian version of peanuts) are used to make a spicy and fabulously delicious soup that can easily be served without meat (for all of my fellow vegetarians.)  
The Fufu, is a combination of plantain and casava (Ghanaian yam) pounded and pounded and pounded in a giant wooden bowl.  Watching women pound FuFu makes me think of how we used to churn butter in the U.S. before the Industrial Age usurped the manufacturing of our food.
If one is to eat Groundnut Soup properly, hands must be used instead of utensils.  You use the middle and ring finger to take a piece of the FuFu, dip it in the soup, bring it to your mouth, and lick your fingers with the finish! 

Groundnut Soup with FuFu

One of my favorite traditional Ghanaian dishes.  Groundnuts (the Ghanaian version of peanuts) are used to make a spicy and fabulously delicious soup that can easily be served without meat (for all of my fellow vegetarians.)  

The Fufu, is a combination of plantain and casava (Ghanaian yam) pounded and pounded and pounded in a giant wooden bowl.  Watching women pound FuFu makes me think of how we used to churn butter in the U.S. before the Industrial Age usurped the manufacturing of our food.

If one is to eat Groundnut Soup properly, hands must be used instead of utensils.  You use the middle and ring finger to take a piece of the FuFu, dip it in the soup, bring it to your mouth, and lick your fingers with the finish! 

some silly snippets of our Spring Break adventure

Spring Break Itinerary

Saturday: Kakum National Park

-overnight stay in tree house

-night tour of the jungle to see nocturnal animals

Sunday: The Stilt Village in Nzulezo

-overnight say at Beyin Beach Hotel

-1 hour canoe trip into the village for site seeing

Monday/Tuesday: Axim Beach

-overnight stay at TBA

-relax and hang out on Axim’s beautiful beaches

Wednesday: Kintampo Waterfalls

-overnight stay at TBA

-hike up the highest waterfall in Ghana

-cannonball into the water once we’ve reached the top

Thursday: Mole National Park

-overnight stay at the Salia Brothers Lodge

-explore the most famous park in Ghana on a Safari, hike around, and take tons of pictures of all the wild, wacky animals

Friday: Larabanga

-overnight homestay in Mognori Eco Village

-explore the oldest mosque in Ghana- the Larabanga Mosque made of mud and sticks

-enjoy Mognori’s local, celebratory traditions - drumming, dancing, basket weaving…etc.

stumbled upon this beautiful photograph as I was flipping through some dress designs this morning.  It’s made it’s home as my desktop background.

stumbled upon this beautiful photograph as I was flipping through some dress designs this morning.  It’s made it’s home as my desktop background.

As the mosquitoes in Africa have finally found my sweet skin, Medi Soft has replaced my daily lotion lather.  It’s been a blessing in a bottle.

As the mosquitoes in Africa have finally found my sweet skin, Medi Soft has replaced my daily lotion lather.  It’s been a blessing in a bottle.

An African woman carrying cassava (Manioc), which I had the pleasure of trying this morning.  I paid 50 pascuas for a chunk, fresh off the fire and ma belly was like, “MMMHMM!”

An African woman carrying cassava (Manioc), which I had the pleasure of trying this morning.  I paid 50 pascuas for a chunk, fresh off the fire and ma belly was like, “MMMHMM!”

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ghanailoveyou:

Accra lifestyle.

ghanailoveyou:

Accra lifestyle.

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"a living wound under the patchwork of scars"

Ghanaian poet and scholar Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang on Slavery