May 26, 2003


A little note on food in East/South Africa... Thanks to the British, there is obviously a strong influence of british cooking (hem...) when you eat in East and South Africa. In 99.9% of the places, the traditionnal food will likely be chicken and chips or fish and chips... great food thus. There is of course no lack of vegetables or fruit of any sort but finding something else than chicken/chips is quite unlikely at a reasonable price. And of course, the more oil, the better as everything is fried (and more than often, chips are not crispy anyway). That is to say that in about 2 months I ate more chicken and more chips that I probably did in the last 10 years. I'm sick of it.

For breakfast you will be having some kind of english or english/indian one, assuming they are serving breakfast. This is of course sausage, bacon, eggs, etc.. or some kind of chapati, rice pancakes, mashed potatoes.

All of this is of course greasy as much as it can, in East Africa it is not uncommon to find margarine boxes of probably 5 kg if not more, roughly this is the size of a water bucket. You may think that it will last a long time unless you realize that they are cooking fried eggs in a 2cm layer of oil... Tefal has no future here.

As you can figure out, this is not exactly a diet-like food, but anyway, I still managed to lose some weight.

Cooking is on another level in South Africa as there is more variety, however there is still too much oil in about -anything-.

Looks like self catering is the way to go here, at least I can eat vegetables salad without mayonnaise or some similar sauce, moreover it is definitely cheaper.

Posted by stephane at May 26, 2003 03:06 PM

glad to know you aren't in china or hongkong right now.
in your itinerary, it read like you would be in china. i was worried with SARS and all that.

have fun..

Posted by: chiara on May 27, 2003 11:38 PM

Well, I'm a little bit late that's why I'm still in SA, but nonetheless I think this is mostly 'huge news' because they speak about it everywhere. I did not see CNN talking about the people dying from cholera when I was in Tanzania . Let's face it, 700 is a small figure in the whole world.

Posted by: stephane on May 28, 2003 05:20 PM