FOOD FRIDAY 7

After a two week pause in your scheduled programming, Food Friday is back!  This blog post will be short and sweet – just a quick highlight of several meals I made for my Peace Corps friends on a relaxing weekend after IST.  IST (In-Service Training ) is our second formal training provided by Peace Corps.  This one, as opposed to PST (Pre-Service Training), heavily focuses on sector-specific techniques, so in our case agriculture!  We also had sessions on grant-writing and monitoring and reporting.

 

Cooking for friends and family is one of my favorite things!  Making good food always manages to cheer me up, especially when I can share it with good people.  The past few days, therefore, have made me very happy.

 

Let me just say that living and working closely with people in the new, stressful, and exciting situations that are the Peace Corps creates such wonderful friendships.  I am so thankful of these relationships and the support system they provide.  So it really gave me joy to make a meal for some of these friends and laugh and smile and talk.

 

What made most of this possible was an amazing grocery store close to our hotel.  As volunteers we call “Western” grocery stores “Toubab stores” because they are often frequented by toubabs (the term used by the Senegalese to refer to foreigners).  This toubab store was HUGE and so FULL of great stuff!  (This of course is all in comparison to the typical grocery stores found in most of the country which are often sparsely stocked.)

 

Dinner #1: Tacos

  • Soft tortillas
  • Spiced red beans with tomatoes
  • Sautéed peppers and onions
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • Guacamole

 

Taco freshness

 

Breakfast #1: Mediterranean spread

  • Bread
  • Feta cheese
  • Labneh balls
  • Hummus
  • Baba ganoush
  • Fresh tomatoes and lettuce
  • Oil and zataar
  • Olives
  • Fruit juice
Our Mediterranean breakfast spread

 

Dinner #2: Shakshuka

  • Pasta
  • Shakshuka
    • tomato, sweet pepper, onion sauce, eggs, feta cheese, parsley
  • Spiced cauliflower
  • Raspberry sorbet

 

Happy friends with full bellies
Shakshuka on pasta

 

Thank you all for reading!

~Sophia

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