Happy holidays from Accra!

wp-1450884376096.jpg It’s December 23, we are in Accra (Ghana) and I just wanted to wish you all the best for the holidays! It is very different here, but we are doing just fine. People are nice, the pineapples are amazing and we are finally settling in.

After a month in hotels we have found a nice small apartment, and our small pile of boxes from Rome just arrived today. Sheets, pots, towels, my battered plastic Christmas tree! I am SO pleased!

wp-1450884370718.jpg You might not see them in the photo, but there are chickens on the street there. Big streets, small streets, there are chickens all over here.

Now that I have my pots, I’ll be making Norwegian risengrynsgrøt tomorrow, the traditional rice porridge, a double portion so the leftover rice porridge can be mixed with whipped cream to make riskrem for Christmas Eve dessert.  Two friends are coming over, so we will hide the blanched almond in the riskrem, and whoever finds the almond wins a small marzipan pig. I just need to find cinnamon for the porridge and an almond this afternoon, which means a quick trip to Koala (Lebanese shop) on Oxford Street here this afternoon. Food shopping is interesting here, more  on that later.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday, wherever you are!

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5 thoughts on “Happy holidays from Accra!

  1. Rhonda Sittig

    Hope your Christmas was a wonderful celebration– so glad you got your tree!! We lived in Spain for 12 years and would drive across the provence to a nursery to find a tree. And would search the market for things that would taste like Christmas in California. You are living an amazing life! Hope all goes well ahead with everything so new!

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    1. krumkaker Post author

      Indeed, I was searching high and low here for cinnamon for my Christmas Eve rice porridge, and almost cried when shop after shop had no cinnamon and it was the 23rd. Cloves, nutmeg, ginger: none of those would have been quite right. I must have looked upset: one of the staff in the last shop found me an opened jar of cinnamon sticks in the back, which I clasped with joy and took home, with much gratitude.

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      1. Rhonda Sittig

        We loved it. The first 8 years down in/near Seville was our favorite. Warm people, and wonderful food. — that was back in the 80’s & 90’s. When we’ve been back to visit, it all seems so much more modern!

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