“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”

Today is a perfect day. The sun is bright, a little breeze cools the morning and it will get as high as 80˚. Tonight will get down to 64˚, perfect for sleeping. If I could design my own day, it would look like today.

When I woke up, I was a bit befogged and didn’t know the day of the week, but it took only a moment for me to remember it’s Friday, the beginning of the long weekend and the beginning of my self-imposed isolation from the outside world. Let the tourists have the roads. I have my deck, some books, plenty of food and a new phone should I need the sound of a human voice.

My dance card for the next week has only one entry, on Wednesday, for dinner at Karoo, a South African restaurant and a favorite of mine. I haven’t eaten there since last fall so I’m very much looking forward to dinner. I’m thinking a pomegranate cosmo to start then peri-peri wings or curried beef samosas for appetizers then maybe bobotie for dinner. I used to order bunny chow, but it’s no longer on the menu, but I can adapt.

Eating South African food gives me the idea of a whole weekend with friends devoted to eating only foreign foods. Take out and supermarket food would be acceptable, but I have plenty of cookbooks from all over the world so I’d encourage homemade. Yup, I’d choose Ghana. I’m thinking jollof rice, kelewele and a beef sausage or kabob with bofrot for dessert. I wish I could make pito, a fermented sort of beer, from the Upper Region where I lived, but that’s not possible. Maybe I can find a substitute. Special dinners demand special drinks for the toasts if for nothing else. Cheers!

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8 Comments on ““Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    They said we would have sunshine all afternoon but I don’t think it showed itself even once today. I don’t mind though, it was rather nice anyway.

    I don’t think that I ever have eaten any kind of African food. Odd really since we can find all kinds of Asian food and even south american food can be found. We do have lots of Immigrants from Afric here. so someone of them should open an restaurant I think.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It has been a beautiful day here. The wind is strong and the sun is still shining.

      My suggestion is you try one of the rice dishes. Recipes are all over the net and you can probably find the ingredients. Jollof rice is my favorite. You can also make something with plantain.

      Brazilian food is coming here, but I think that is it from South America.

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    What kind of food do they eat in South Africa? Is it Dutch, British or native African? Unfortunately, I am a tenderfoot when it comes to hot peepers. I don’t like Jalapeño peppers because of their flavor nor their heat and anything hotter than a Bell pepper hurts both going in and coming back out. 🙂

    I can’t eat cilantro unless it’s mixed in with something else in vey small quantities. Both my sister, my first cousin and I think it tastes like soap so I think it’s a genetic issue. Most third world food is made with peppers of varying heat because thay didn’t have refrigeration and the heat of the peppers killed the germs. The flavors in curry and in most South Asian or even Thailand food doesn’t taste good to me no matter which dishes I have tried. 🙂

    Maybe the trick is to drink a lot of alcohol before and during the meal containing the kind of foods I have mentioned and then you don’t care what it tase like or how hot the food is because the alcohol has dulled your senses or you are so loaded that you don’t care. 🙂 I’m a cheap drunk. Tow beers or a couple of cups of wine and I’m loopy and ready to pass out. Don’t enjoy the taste of hard spirits bit will drink beer or wine.

    Another sunny day with high temperatures in the mid 90s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I think the food is a combination of Dutch and African indigenous food. I don’t find an English influence. Also, the food I have had isn’t hot. There are spices to give the food flavor. I also found some dishes had curry.

      I don’t think there is any cilantro either. In South American, I didn’t find the foods hot. Morocco also had few hot peppered dishes. Ghana had hot food but not in most restaurants but rather home cooked and sold along the road.

      I don’t like any alcohol I can taste. It has to be hidden in the drink. I don’t like whiskey, rum or most others like rye. I don’t mind vodka.

      I never drank in Ghana. The only hard liquor sold was Johnnie Walker and some sort of gin. There was plenty of beer, but I don’t like beer either. I drank lots coke mostly but only as a treat.

      Still lovely here.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Well, just when I thought we would have clear skies and hot, a line of thunderstorms came through with gusty wind, rain and cool weather. It’s now down to the mid 70s.

      • katry Says:

        I do like thunderstorms and 70˚. Rain is always welcomed.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yes, today’s weather is almost perfect. I know that it’s Friday because I put the trash out last night and everyone else on the street had trash out, too, so I am not wrong. 🙂

    There aren’t many tourists here but I’m also leaning towards self-imposed isolation. It’s more restful. Besides, they are ripping up the roadways around me and getting out through the mess is tiresome.

    I had to look up those dishes. Bofrot sounds a lot like Indian gulab jamun. It probably has the same function of soothing the tongue after very spicy food in a very tasty way.
    I think your foreign food weekend is a very good idea.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is great when you have an indicator of the day. Most times I have to remember what I did yesterday, and that triggers my memory. Today was just a lucky guess.

      All the public works projects shelved for the summer will start up again after Labor Day. That will mean detours. The dump will close Mon. and Tues. starting in October. The weekends will still see tourists until the end of October. Lots of tour busses are around after Labor day.

      Brofrot is like a donut. It is as close as the Ghanaians get to desserts. Small girls carry glass cases on their heads filled with the donuts. I love their flavor and had trouble finding any when I first went back. It took until I was almost leaving.

      I think that may be a fun weekend.

      Enjoy your evening!


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