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.