Tag Archives: living in Accra

Saturday market in Accra

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Today is the first Saturday of the month, which means the monthly craft market at the Goethe Institute. Clothes, carvings, baskets, bagels, jewelry: perfect time to get some Christmas presents.

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Afrisocks were back in stock, some new patterns but socks for women are not available yet. When traveling for the holidays, lightweight gifts like these are very handy. I love the colours!

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Not from the Goethe market but from Global Mamas: a picture book I hope my niece in Ireland will enjoy, with great Ghana photos.  Now I just need to see who gets what of Ghana chocolate, cocoa nibs, batik bags and local coffee.

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Toys in local fabric. Lovely things, but it was hot and sticky  (32C, and very humid) so we escaped to Cafe Kwae for a cold drink.

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The “God is Able” food joint, in Cantonments.  Next Friday is Farmer’s Day in Ghana and a public holiday, so we might go away for the weekend. Good to get most of the holiday shopping out of the way, and done locally. Now I just need to dig out my small bag of warm clothes and thermal underwear, and imagine how cold Norway will be in two week’s time.  Brrrrr………..

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Spaghetti with zucchini, ricotta and chicken sausage

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Thanks to travelling, I had zucchini again. They can be found in Accra, but as those were imported and cost 17 cedi each (USD 3.45), they are just too expensive for me. This was an impromptu dinner, a cross between pasta con ricotta e salsiccia and spaghetti tossed with fried zucchini, garlic and cheese. A friend had chicken sausage, so we added that and hey presto, dinner!

Spaghetti with zucchini, ricotta and chicken sausage

300 gr spaghetti
2 tbs good olive oil
3-4 chicken sausages  (or other meaty sausage you like)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 zucchini, sliced into medallions  (not too thick)
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of chili flakes

to serve:
250 gr ricotta

Boil the pasta in salted water. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and fry the sausages. I like to squeeze the meat out of the sausage casings, into bite-sized pieces. The chicken sausage was not very greasy so I added olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Once the sausage starts to be cooked through, add the sliced zucchini to the pan and continue to fry until they are cooked through. Add a little salt and pepper, and some chilli flakes. If you have some leftover wine, a splash would be nice.

Drain the pasta, keeping a little cooking water, then put it back in the pot off the heat. Spoon in ricotta, and stir through the zucchini and sausage. Add a little starchy pasta cooking water if it looks dry. Serve with grated pasta.

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And from Accra: the ex-Ghana Airways plane which is now a restaurant was painted white over the summer.

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Aiports, and pasta with radicchio and pancetta

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Airport shopping, Accra style. When you travel a lot, but do not have access to airport lounges, you tend have aiports you like and ones you try to avoid. Ones I like: Schiphol (poffertjes, good wifi, cheese, lots of seats) and Joburg (good wifi, interesting, food shopping, lots of seats) and ones more mediocre: Addis (chronically overcrowded,  but freshly coffee beans if you can find them among all the Chinese duty free – look for date stamp and gold foil packets), and CDG: fancy but meh. Most charging ports are broken. So we have been quite excited about the new terminal in Accra. The old terminal 2 was not bad, but this is much nicer. There is a chocolate shop, a shea butter shop, and a food court I have not tried yet as it is before security.

shea shop Kotoka

Anyway, back to food. We have a canteen at work, but I pack my own lunch. I love the bitterness of radicchio, and this came together very quickly while the pasta boiled.

Pasta with radicchio and pancetta

150 gr smoked pancetta (or bacon)
Half a head of radicchio, sliced and chopped
250-300 grammes of short dry pasta

to serve: grated parmesan or grana padano

Boil pasta in salted water until just al dente. In the meatime, fry the pancetta until beginning to crisp and then add the sliced radicchio to the frying pan. Toss with the pancetta until the radicchio wilts slightly.  When the pasta is done (I taste it – careful, it will be hot), then drain off the water and add the radicchio-pancetta mix to the pasta. Stir it through, and serve with some grated cheese.

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This was three servings. Here is the pasta the day after, just microwaved for lunch. Nice!

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A fire truck!  Hardly ever seen here. An ex-president lives in that compound, and there is roof building work there: they might have been using the ladder to help with that. Or there might of course actually have been a fire, but it was very calm there.