Senegal is a nutty place – and I mean that in the most affectionate and agricultural way.  But really – the Senegalese grow and eat a lot of peanuts.  Lightly roasted in the shells from roadside vendors to buckets of thick, unprocessed peanut butter to crackly, sweet sweets – there are so many ways to eat peanuts here! According to Wikipedia, 40% of cultivated land … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 21


Hey all!  I’m back in Senegal and slowly coming to terms with the heat, once again.  But it feels good to be back! Here’s a quick little snapshot of my last days of vacation, but really of the food! SEVILLA   GRANADA Fun fact about Granada: there are these lovely caves in the hills behind the city, some clustered together, some more spread out and … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 19


In another happy happenstance this post came to be just the other morning.  The food for today is something my Aunt makes every evening and therefore has until now been frustratingly out of reach for a blog post – lack of sunlight makes for bad pictures! But for whatever reason she made it in the morning just yesterday so I jumped on the chance to … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 16


The Tamba market:  a place of wonders and treasures.  Of carrots and cabbages, of plastic shoes and plastic cups, of beans and beignets. You really can find just about anything you need at the big central market.  There are rows upon rows of vegetable vendors.  Alleys stuffed with glitzy jewelry and sparkly shoes.  Small shops piled high with rainbows of wax fabric.  Buckets overflowing with … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 15


Good morning from a remarkably cool 9am during hot season – it’s only 88 degrees!  When the daily highs are hovering around 110 degreees it is a wonderful relief to wake up to the 80s. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but one of my favorite things about Senegalese food is the sometimes astonishing amounts of onions cooked into just one dish.  Onions often … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 14

FOOD FRIDAY 13: Salad Senegalese Style

Happy Friday everyone! I love salad.  Fresh, crispy greens with lots of veggies, maybe some lentils, cheese, garlicky dressing – delicious!  And mixing it up is good, add some fruit or roasted veggies.  But it took me a while to get used to eating salad the way the Senegalese make it.  I mean, french fries on top of a salad?  Lettuce covered in warm onion … Continue reading FOOD FRIDAY 13: Salad Senegalese Style