Cooking in Swaziland has posed to be quite the challenge. I do not have access to amenities such as an oven and refrigerator (my host family doesn’t either). I’ve had to completely change my diet (I’ve consumed meat about 3 times in the last month). I just purchased a non stick pan, it is probably the best investment I’ve made since being here. PC gave us these really dinky aluminum pots and pans. By the time I’d finish cooking a meal, more than half of it would get stuck to the pan. It’s funny in hindsight but in the moment it was very irritating! Another frustrating thing is my vegetables and bread go bad after a couple of days. My shopping town is about a 40 bus bus ride away. I thought I could get away without a refrigerator but it looks like I’ll need to save up to get one.
My meals usually consist of:
Eggs, oatmeal, toast, and a banana, orange, or grapefruit
Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, or leftovers from the night before
Popcorn, chips, homemade applesauce, or a piece of fruit
Rotation of – beans and rice, rice and vegetable stir fry (onions, green peppers, carrots, spinach, broccoli), noodles, avocado, salmon or tuna croquettes, spaghetti, veggies, home made bread and peanut sauce.
I know I need more protein in my diet. If you have any recipes please send them my way!