Summer Study Abroad
In 2007, during the summer study abroad program each student was paired up with a host family. My roommate Sonya and I spent 2 days living in Ms. Bernice Ward’s home. She informed us about traditional Ghanian life and we shadowed her at work as a government officer. As a result of our wonderful experience, Ms. Bernice and I have stayed in contact and maintained a friendship.
My tour group traveled to Cape Coast where Ms. Bernice provided us with an authentic cooking demonstration.
We walked into the town and shopped at the local market. We bought onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cooking oil, fish, chicken, and rice. In the market, prices are not fixed and you have the opportunity to negotiate with the vendors. This was a great Ghanian cultural experience as the group normally shops at grocery stores in the U.S.
After returning from the market, we all took an active role to help prepare dinner. Lamonte learned how to cut open and clean fish. Ebony, Loretta & Tameka cut up onions and other vegetables. Ms. Bernice showed us how to skin the chicken and make the sauce. I just sat around and watched everyone do all the hard work. LOL, 🙂 Can you guess what Ghanian dish we were preparing?
Jollof Rice was originated by the Senegalese and Gambian people who come from the Wollof tribe. Jollof rice is a spicy rice dish that can be found widely served in Ghana and other West African countries. There are even Jollof wars where people cook rice from there perspective countries and winners are chosen by crowd testers. After tasting Jollof rice from other places around the world, Ghana is still the best. This is my favorite dish and I look forward to consuming it on a daily basis while visiting Ghana.
Need Dinner Ideas? Recipe for Jollof Rice
- Basmati Rice
- Chilli Pepper
- Red or White Onions
- Tomato Paste
- Fresh Tomato
- Vegetable Oil
- Bouillion Cube
- Meat: Beef or Chicken Optional
- Seafood: Shrimp, Fish (smoked or canned) Optional
- Vegetables (Carrot, peas, corn) Optional