Looking for the Optimum Diet Mix
It’s been quit a long time after I received your reply. It was great reading from you. How refreshing! If I could chew your words, I’m sure they would taste just like chicken. Talking of chicken reminds me of my recent food habits and matters arising. Mum, since I re-entered school, my eating has become more irregular. I try to gulp down some hot beverage (with or without bread or cookies) for breakfast. Lunch is not even thought of. Apart from searching for information you would not believe that I visit the notice board(s) for information about upcoming events like seminars and
orientations. When I find such, my immediate thoughts have two foci;
- that the program should really come off
- that the organisers should be ‘gracious’ to serve some “stomach medicine”.
However, I have had to adapt to the rarity of such functions. Previously, my search for food took me to an on-campus food joint referred to as “Night Market”; even though business is brisk from early morning. Currently, the sheds are being renovated… causing the vendors to display and sell under the mercy of the weather (sun and dust). Recently, I discovered that apart from the bananas sold rather obscurely under one of the stairways of my faculty building, there was some good ‘solid’ food too in an all-female campus residence about 100m from my faculty.
Comparing the prices there with ‘Night Market’s could be discouraging and pocket/wallet-drilling. However, I take solace in the serene environment created by a big hall not full all the four times I have been there. Selecting, ordering for, waiting, and finally receiving your food is an experience. On my 3 previous visits, I had ordered 2 scoops or ‘waakye’ (a deliberate aggregation of rice and beans), fried plantain, fish and mixed vegetables. As a student with a somewhat erratic income source, with a ‘night market’ addiction, spending above $2.5 on a meal makes me think of the days ahead. I had decided to eat one big meal to ‘last’ me a long while. However, today I decided to heed to one of the 21 Secrets of successful people; “eat small portions!”.
I did not regret it; 1 scoop of waakye (the server asked “Are you sure one scoop is enough for a gentleman like you?”), a boiled egg (made me remember a tea-boiled egg I took in an MB Chinese restaurant), 3 pieces of fried plantain, and my favourite… two scoops of mixed vegetables. It was very good… delicious and tempting to get some more. I overcame the resistance with my wish for a 6-pack… (even though I don’t have a full one-pack yet). Mom, look forward to more pictures I took at the place, and the kinds of food available. It’s my aim to draw you here for a visit, so I can show off at the Volta Canteen that my mum is the best cook on the world. Miss you mum… if you miss me more, come visit… else I’m leaving you now… have a good one.