This post of for all the foodies out there who wonder what the situation is here (and why Chris has lost so much weight). The typical Ghanaian diet consists of loads of beans, corn, yams, plaintain, rice, fruits, eggs, porridge, and locally prepared dishes. This has boded well for me, but not so much for my 6″3 meat-loving, metabolism of fire hubalicious. You have to work for your food here (zero prepackaged foods, biking to market the morning of, and spending hours in the kitchen), and sometimes the options are extremely limited.
Overall, the flavors of Ghana are spicy, saucy stews and soups served with a carbohydrate. One thing I love is that every meal is served hot. People don’t find a sandwich and chips as an acceptable meal. The diet is very high in carbs, but people here are incredibly active. Obesity isn’t an issue, at least in the rural areas. Most meals take several hours to make. I recently hit my goal of being able to cook five solid Ghanaian dishes. I feel accomplished and when I’m in the mood to spend 5 hours in the kitchen I go for it. Otherwise, and most often, you will find Chris and I dining on some local chop.
All of the dishes usually have a meat or vegetarian option. We usually go for the latter. I aspire to be a vegetarian even after Peace Corps, and Chris dreams of juicy cheeseburgers on the regular. Meat is expensive and somewhat unappetizing to us, so we usually stick with the veggie options.
The fruits and vegetables are all seasonal. Street corn is in right now as well as wagashi (fried cheese from the phelani tribe), and sweet potatoes. Watermelon, mangoes, and green beans are out.
Below are some pics from market. Bringing out the cam turned it into something like a produce catwalk. I have about 50 more photos, but they were taking too long to upload. I think you will still get the idea.
* shoutout to my pops who turns the big 5 0 in two days. Wish we were there to celebrate/rag on you. Love you dad!