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Nsima is the only food

Posted in Peace Corps Adventures by Joy on March 16, 2013
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Zambia is not a food culture. When only 35% of folks always have enough food to & 45% of kids under 5 are chronically malnourished, you eat the food you get, happy your belly is full. Nsima goes a long way to filling it. It’s made of ground corn & flour (cassava, in places) & cooked to the consistency of very firm grits/polenta. You grab a bit with your right hand, roll it around, & use it to scoop up the “re lish” (anything else) being served. If you aren’t eating nsima, you aren’t eating.

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  1. Joy said,

    Other than Nsima, I’ve been eating a lot of leafy greens (pumpkin, sweet potato, & okra leaves), beans, the occasional meat or fish, & some squashes. Most dishes have onion & tomato thrown in & are seasoned with salt, primarily. I’m lucky that my Amai goes light on the oil & salt. Most Zambians overdo it with those by quite a bit. I get fruits occasionally & fritters with pb every day for breakfast. Nothing too unusual, but I’ll be glad to cook for myself again when I can.


    • Hey baby. Keep eating well.I love you!


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