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Day 5: Anna

Hello everyone,

Today I started my exams for finishing 7th grade. Other than that, I sowed, read a book, and Sara and I started to make a compass in the  backyard.
One of the things that I do often in my routine is making nshima. For those that don’t know, nshima is something that you dip in a relish. The relish can be make out of beans, or vegetables, or eggs. Sammy likes to put cheese on her’s. I make enshima every other day for me and my family.
Here’s how to make it.
After bring some water close to boiling, I add some mealie meal (which is somewhat like corn starch) to the water, and I stir it in.
Now my nshima is like a porridge. Some Zambians eat this for breakfast.
Then I let it boil for 5 to 10 minuets (it took me a while to get the hang of letting it boil long enough). I think letting it boil takes away any lumps of mealy meal that haven’t been stirred in, but that’s only an idea.
Watching the nshima boil is really fun. It makes big bubbles that, when they pop,  make little drops of nshima fly everywhere.
The next part I find exhausting! I add more mealy meal in to make it thicker.
Therefor it gets a LOT harder to stir. If I do everything right it should look like this…
Then I scoop it out with a big spoon. And add the relish.
As I said before, you eat nshima with your fingers.
This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. You are becoming quite the accomplished cook, Anna! Thank you for sharing how to make nshima. I’d be very interested in seeing how the compass turns out once you have finished building it.

  2. Hey this is your friend Hannah from Maryland. The nshima looks yummy!!! Good luck on your 7th grade finals!! Can’t wait to see how the compass turns out when you finish making it. Looking forward to reading your next update!!!

  3. Anna, wow! I feel very very hungry all of a sudden. At first I thought you were whipping up some loblolly for all your pirate buddies.

  4. That meal looks good! We don’t really have anything that compares to that here in the States do we…

  5. Anna,

    That looks delicious!! What a great cook you already are.

    Everyone in Africa knows that there are some foods that taste better when you eat them with your fingers. My favorite is pounded yams. But if I had yours, it might become my new favorite.

    Thanks for the cooking lesson!

  6. Wow, you are an adventurous cook. How did you discover nshima? Did someone first show you? I am glad you included pictures so I could really understand what you are creating. But, I am still curious how you are making a compas.

    1. Our house helper Anti Sheela taught me how to make nshima. She made it every other day for lunch when she came. When she stoped coming because of COVID-19 I took took it over.
      And you make a compas by sticking a short pole or stick in the ground, and then every hour you come out and mark where the shadow from the pole is. And after twelve hours there will be twelve marks on the ground, so you can tell the time by which shadow lines up with which mark. And by looking at ever three marks you cam tell north east south and west.

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