“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

The rain was torrential last night,. I could hear the wind whooshing through the trees and I turned on the backdoor light to watch the wind blow the pine branches nearly to the ground. It was a nor’easter, the worst of all storms be it rain or snow. Many other parts if the state got snow and over 600,000 people were without electricity. Over the course of the morning, the day has lightened and the rain has finally stopped, and the wind has abated but is still strong at around 35 MPH.

My house has the smells of a Ghanaian kitchen. The kelewele is cooking on top of the stove and the Guinea fowl is in the oven. We are also having jollof rice with beef which was cooked last night. Its sauce was so tempting my one little taste became several tastes.

My table is set with the napkins I had made in Ghana from the same cloth as my dress, and I am using the  napkin rings I bought. They are in the shape of Ashanti stools, the symbols of the powers of the chiefs. The table looks colorful and festive. I will, of course, play only Ghanaian music during the meal and my guests will eat with their hands.

I am going to wear my new Ghanaian dress. I’ll take pictures!

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8 Comments on ““Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Looking forward to those pictures!

    No smell of food here today, I forgot to take out anything from the freeser this afternoon, but there’s still a little smell from those cookies I made yeasterday with bananas and cinnamon in them 🙂

    Mostly cloudy here today and some rain while I watched the latest Pirates of the Caribbean. I liked it rather miúch but I had heard it wasn’t especially good. Gladf that rumor was wrong 🙂

    Have a great dinner!

    • katry Says:

      The dinner was wonderful. All my guests enjoyed every one of the dishes.

      When I forget to take something out, I usually have eggs for supper. They are a perfect meal anytime.

      The rain finally stopped!

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    I thought you were in the middle of a snow storm up there. Well good that you got all the Ghanian food prepared. Don’t worry about the weather just dig in.

    • katry Says:

      I think we were the only part of the state not to get snow, but it surely did rain.

      The rain stopped by early even but it is really cold.

      Food was wonderful!

  3. Bob Says:

    Good food and good friends, what could be better. Where does one get the ingredients to cook Ghanian food on the Cape? Which of those dishes is the hottest? What kind of libation goes with Ghanian food? I wish you could invite all of us to the party.

    You are very lucky, NYC received a good snowfall yesterday which tied up flights all over the country. I don’t think snow has fallen in Central Park in October since records have been kept. The last time may have been at the end of the last ice age.

    • katry Says:

      The T-Zed was the only dish for which we had to substitute ingredients. We used corn flour mixedith regular flour to make it. In Ghana it would be made with millet flour. The plantains weren’t as ripe as they would be in Ghana, but the kelewele was just as good.

      My sister, north of Boston, had only 3 inches. It was west of Boston which got clobbered by the snow.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sounds like a wonderful meal. I’m glad you didn’t get snowed out altogether. It’s nice to have great cooking smells that linger just a bit to remind you of a great meal.

    I got about the same as your sister. Power went off for a while but was back on by 9:30PM. The next morning I had electricity but no internet, no TV, no landline phone and no cell phone. It was just like the old days. Thank heaven for my Kindle with it’s primitive browser and 3G connection to whatever cell carrier it uses. I could at least check email.

    Happy Halloween.

    • katry Says:

      Happy Halloween, Caryn,
      We had leftovers tonight, and I swear they were even tastier than the first time around.

      Today was sunny and much warmer than yesterday. We went for a short ride as it was a lovely day for seeing the Cape.

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