The one thing I don’t enjoy is eating out. I hate restaurants and I love home cooked food. Once in a while I would cook for my family and I always liked experimenting with combinations. I didn’t like to use a structured recipe and I also didn’t taste the food except cos I didn’t like two spoil the surprise. I remember the one time I put in so much mint in the veggies it tasted like tooth paste. Everyone complained but they grudgingly finished the food.

I generally don’t like experimenting with food, because 99.9% of the time I eat food I eat because I am hungry and I look forward to the meal. Last thing I want is to eat something that I don’t like. So I stick to food that I am used. My favourite being traditional dishes. Our staple denominator foods are sad, rice and pasta. Pasta makes the cut as a staple food which was definitely a luxury while growing up but a regular alternative. One staple which I think i had enough of growing up were sweet potatoes and I don’t have  such craving for them like before. The traditional meal of sadza, veggies and meat is still dominant in our family. But a lot of things we had as luxuries are so abundant now that my children cannot fathom the idea that rice and chicken was a special dish only eaten at special occasions! Now they expect it regularly.

When we were growing we never used to ask “what are we having for supper today?”. We just ate what was dished and we didn’t have a problem with it. I guess it was because we also understood that when there was no meat things were tough.

I have always loved kapenta and growing up we used o have them regularly and now I see a lot of people in Zim shun them and seem to associate them with poverty. But I love em my kids love em two. One of my kids has eczema (Apparently its caused by dairy products in SA, that’s what the doctor told us) so he used to react to fish so when we had fish (we love fish too!) he would have an alternative, but as he has grown older he has been able to eat with minimum reaction. So the whole alternative meal for one person has lessened the cooking load.

One thing that has become a part of our lives is bracing sometimes we just braai meat in bulk and then stash it in the fridge. So my diet has remained largely the same especially the staple food.

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Day 17 – Staple meal in my family

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