The other thing I’ve been served AT EVERY MEAL is boiled bananas. This I don’t understand. Bananas are so good plain. Why ruin them by boiling them? In case you were wondering, I highly advise AGAINST boiling your bananas. It makes them completely tasteless, so, like the cassava leaves, also not enjoyable.
To round out your meal you get a serving of goat meat. Now, I’ve had goat meat prior to visiting Congo. And I liked it prior to visiting Congo. Now I hate it. See, we don’t realize how spoiled we are in western countries. We go to the grocery store and can get boneless chicken breasts. If you are on a diet and only want white meat, you can get your poultry without dark meat. Since all the meat is cleaned ahead of time and the various parts of the animal are separated according to what people like to purchase, you could go your entire life without ever eating, or seeing, the heart or what we consider to be the other “throw-away” parts. Here nothing is thrown away. And when you are being served they just give you whatever part of the goat rises to the top of the stew when they dip the ladle in. Thus, the goat meat typically has fat, some, SOME, emphasis on SOME meat which we would consider edible, skin, and then connective tissue. I am convinced I have been served arteries and part of a heart at least once. Oh, and bones, lots of bones.
Thank goodness I didn’t do a year of Fulbright in Congo. I would have struggled. I’m already struggling after four days. I told my tour guide I couldn’t take it anymore and I wasn’t interested in eating the rest of my trip. I brought some snacks with me and insisted I would eat those for the remainder of my time in Congo. Glad I did some pre-planning. Tonight I will be dining on some banana chips, beef jerky and dried mango. I can’t wait: