On Tuesdays and Thursdays after work I teach Bro. Joe, the caretaker of our office, how to use the computer. In exchange for lessons, we agreed that his wife would teach me to cook Ghanaian food. This Saturday was my first lesson. She took me to Malata market, where we loaded her bag with fresh produce, fish, and meats, and showed me how to prepare palm nut soup. I have never seen palm nuts before; they are bright red and about the size of an acorn. First, she cleaned and prepared several different types of dried fish and fresh meat and then crushed the palm nuts with pepper for the base of the soup. Cooking back home in the U.S. is considered somewhat of a posh activity for dainty housewives, but here cooking takes some serious strength. After my cooking lesson, I made my way over to the exhibition festival of Robin Riskin’s (HC ’12) organization, Nima: Muhinmanchi Art, at Kawukudi Park. The sun was out; and the park was buzzing with artists and kids painting a mural on the far wall, musical performances by the NMA artists, and general socializing and chatter. The festival was a definite success for a fellow Haverfordian.
Here are some photos documenting my Saturday: