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!

Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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