“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

The street was wet this morning. The sky is still cloudy. I think it might be yesterday again.

I have a general malaise. I just don’t feel good. I didn’t even have coffee. I’m thinking lolling in bed and reading will be my only activities for the day.

I have many, many cookbooks. Sometimes I grab a couple and read through the recipes. I plan meals which might never happen, but I figure I’ll be ready just in case I get the urge to spend the day in the kitchen. I have several African cookbooks. One is called Ghana Chop and was the cookbook I used when I was a volunteer. Chop is food, and a chop bar is usually a hole in the wall which serves local foods. Along one edge of the lorry park in Bolga were several shacks, chop bars, selling t-zed, fufu and soup. We used to bring our own pot and buy dinner on Sundays.

When I travel, I eat cheaply. Sometimes I buy bread and cheese and munch on them or I make sandwiches. I buy food sold along the roadside and in railway stations. I carry mustard and mayonnaise in toothpaste type tubes and salt and pepper. Sometimes I had no idea what I was eating. I just know the dish looked tasty. Most times I was not disappointed.

I live alone so I make my own rules about eating, sleeping and even making my bed, which I don’t. My house is generally clean and downstairs is always suitable for company. I eat when I’m hungry. Sometimes I have a hot meal but most times I have a sandwich or cheese and crackers or hummus or guac. Once in a while I order delivery. That’s when I have a pizza or Thai food. My favorite pizza has caramelized onions and meatballs. My favorite Thai foods are coconut shrimp and some sort of noodles.

I still have a bag to bring downstairs. It has ornaments I left on one tree or the other and a few new ones I got this year. There is also some laundry in the drier. I’ll get to them when I do.

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4 Comments on ““One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    A morning without coffee??? I hope you feel better by now!

    I don’t spend much time on cooking and don’t use cook books, just freestyle cooking, quick and easy and with healthy ingredients. When traveling I don’t want to waste precious sightseeing time in restaurants, street food or stuff from a supermarket is enough. Reminds me that I should visit the Netherlands again, I miss vanilla vla. It’s perfect for bike tours too, the Netherlands as well as vla. Maybe in spring.

    • katry Says:

      I need recipes if I am making Indian or Chinese or any other different flavor palates. The regular stuff is easy, but there are regrets. My meatloaf is a mix of what I have in my fridge so it seldom tastes the same one time to another. I made one that was the best tasting one I’ve ever made. I could never replicate it.

      Seldom when I traveled did I eat in restaurants. I loved street food, still do. When I traveled with my parents, we did eat in restaurants but seldom fancy unless it was a day like Easter. When I’m back in Ghana, I eat street food whenever I find it like kelewele, yam chips, chicken, Guinea foul.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I have the flu but I really need that coffe to be able to stay awake 🙂 🙂
    I have some cook books but I usually never use them, I just tross things together and hope for the best 🙂 I do like Yiou when I travel though, so much easier and a lot cheaper too.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I like to cook exotic foods sometimes so I need cookbooks and I also usually shop for the herbs and spices.

      I’m sorry you have the flu. Here it has been horrible. It comes, goes then comes back. I have been lucky.

      Feel better!

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