A Table without Your Own Plate

Goat

Posted by Vivian

We’re already 1/3 of the way through with Twenty Eight Tables. As I’ve been meandering through the days, scoping out people to eat with, I’ve been thinking about all the meals I’ve eaten in other countries. I spend a lot of time in different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and one of the things that I’ve experienced in all these places is that traditionally, individuals don’t have their own plate. Food is served “family style” and people just grab each bite with their hands. For you germaphobes out there don’t worry: you have to wash your hands very thoroughly right before you eat, sometimes even at the table, and you NEVER eat with you left hand. If you’re not sitting together, you’re not eating. I always look forward to these group meals after a stressful day. It’s a great time to relax, joke and laugh.
Roast goat and chicken, ugali (corn dough), potatoes, kachumbari (tomato salad)

ugali, goat, kachembari, potatoes, chicken

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One response to “A Table without Your Own Plate

  1. I love communal eating. Such a better and slower way to share a meal.

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