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3/3/13: eating Ethiopian style

One of the great things about DSM is the number of places to eat out, by UK standards at an extremely reasonable price. Short walk from here is a barbecue house, where you can have barbecued chicken, salad and chips. Or, if you prefer, spicy barbecued chicken, salad and chips. Also available is beef skewers, salad and chips - or, if you’re feeling adventurous, baked fish, salad and chips. I go there occasionally for a quick eat, you know exactly what you're getting. Also popular here are combined Indian, Chinese and local cooking, not sure what Gordon Ramsay would make of them but I like them! Also there's a Jamaican restaurant not far away, must muster up the energy to go sometime.
 
Anyway,a few weeks ago a group of us went to an Ethiopian restaurant. Somewhat off thebeaten track, not at all sure I could retrace my steps. I was driving at about3mph., Evan tried to persuade me that the way to cope with poor roads is to pick up speed and go flying over the bumps but I'm not convinced.
 
Please excuse the quality of the pictures, I only had my iPhone with me.  Food when it arrives looks like this:
 
 
 











The base is sour dough, called injera.  So,you take some injera – which also comes in rolls – and make a little packet with the dishes on top.  Here’s my friend and colleague Darcey tucking in:


 





















Then part of the ritual is washing your hands afterwards:


 





















I don’t normally drink coffee in the evening, but Ethiopian coffee is a bit wonderful.  Did I hear somewhere thatit’s roasted twice over?
 
 
 
Hope you’ll excuse me if I finish here today. Work is somewhat all-encompassing, happy to share details privately,suffice to say, a major project I’ve been working on pretty well since I arrived is coming to a head which is proving somewhat less thanstraightforward.  I am grateful to youfor your support in reading this blog, people of faith, any prayers you canspare greatly appreciated….
 
 
 


2 Comments to 3/3/13: eating Ethiopian style:

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David Mansergh on 04 March 2013 14:18
Hi Geoff, I'm glad to hear that there are some alternatives to wishing for KFC! Presumably water is the next utility that you are due to lose? I trust that the project will finish successfully. Best wishes, David.
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Geoff on 04 March 2013 23:27
Actually, water can be an issue here, but not in the block I'm staying in to date. In some areas of DSM it can be off for days at a time, so people have large water containers, also bore holes are quite common. For me, bills come as part of rent so at least that's one less thing to worry about. With thanks for your support, Geoff

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