#17 – Food: you are what you eat, and you eat what you can get

From Lynne:

Some have asked me about food. The first day I ate 2 peanut butter sandwiches and half an avocado. The fruit here is great. Right now we are getting pineapple, papaya, avocado, tomato, bananas.

Lynne at the market with lots of fruitI also love the beans and rice, green peas, ground nuts, potatoes (white and sweet), a root called casaba and green beans.

Meat is another story. I previously sent pictures of a goat that met its end a few feet from our door, and with no refrigeration, pigs, chickens, goats, beef are slaughtered and handled under conditions we find unsanitary. And very few people can afford them anyway.

meat hanging in a marketWe eat eggs, some canned tuna and other meats and a type of ground meat they call mincemeat. Fresh meats, and occasionally fish, are served at the archbishop’s table and the homes of others, and our folks here eat modest portions of these things if well done. A chicken here is not like a chicken at home, and JoAnn had eaten it several times without recognizing it. There is a brown heavy spongy bread made from millet, which local people love and eat at every meal, but it is very hard to eat. Fried flat bread made in homes are bought at stands are very tasty. We can get good wheat bread, yogurt and packaged foods people send. Cheese is available once in a great while. So, when in doubt, I rely on the ubiquitous peanut butter.

acholi children eating


4 responses to this post.

  1. Lynne Dear,
    This website is the HIGHLIGHT of my day. Keep them coming. I love any kind of fruit or vegetables. Glad you are eating healthy foods!!



  2. Posted by Joeann Beresford on February 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hi! Love the pictures and your description of the foods available. What are these boys eating? It looks like it might be fruit –pineapple, papaya??? I am looking at the date here (25th) and realize that Jim will be leaving soon . . . had a long email from Iris yesterday. Jo, I forgot how photogenic you are! I have enjoyed the pictures very much. Will be looking forward to the reports on the safari. Love, Cec


  3. Posted by murph on February 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    You have done “National Geographic” quality in your pictures and stories. Thanks for giving me this experience . Looking forward to the safari experience.


  4. Posted by Beth on February 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hujambo? Habari! I can’t agree more on Murph’s “National Geographic” comment. Have I mentioned how jealous I am of you and dad to have gone to Uganda? I hope to one day have the experience myself. Asante Sana for having been there to revive my interest!


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