Between gathering ingredients, prepping meals, starting a fire, doing dishes, and actually cooking, dealing with food compromises a significant part of my day. In order to share with you what a typical volunteer might eat, I’ve collected all of the food pictures I’ve taken over the past year. They’re unflattering, unfiltered and a good portrait of reality. Enjoy!
Lunch at a lodge- fancy!
PCV staple food: rice
Cooking soya pieces with tomatoes over a three-stone set up
Cooking demo during training with soymilk, chicken, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and some other mysteries
Lunch at my supervisor’s house: sausage, cabbage salad, and rice
When you can’t have salads, you have cabbage, tomatoes, oil and salt.
French toast with a special treat from home- NH maple syrup!
Bacon! A treat at an expat’s house we stayed at
Lunch with my counterpart and his family: nsima, termites, and pork
Fancy food for Rajah!
Makin’ guac at a “resiliency weekend” with friends
Eating spaghetti with my village friends
Christmas dinner cooked with friends: guinea fowl, rice, eggplant and green beans
Fish tacos and green beans. Notice the creative use of non-plates as plates. The less dishes, the better.
Vegetarian thanksgiving dinner at an eco-lodge
Cooking papaya juice/wine
Cake plus chocolate sauce = great success
A “Wonderful Waffle” in the capital!
Trying to make a muffin in a tin can
Grilled, local veggies
Fresh corn season is the best season.
Cabbage wraps stuffed with soya pieces and tomatoes
Cooking nsima at a funeral
Sweet potatoes, groundnut flour and milk, delish
A cheese-less quiche with local greens and tomatoes
A typical Malawian lodge breakfast
Pork, chives, onions, rice, and my dirty toes
Local greens, sweet potatoes and groundnut flour