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  • What do people eat?

    Posted by Brian Jones

    1 December 2003 – localmeal (59k image)

    It's November and the optimum time for food security in the area. November is the time of the main harvest after the rains of August and September. People have maize in their stores and are harvesting sweet potato and both can be seen in photo, boiled and served for all to dip in and take. The rolls of grey are injera made, in this case, from a mixture of teff and maize. For many this is all there is to eat, day in and day out.

    One of the main cash crops of the area is coffee and people are often to be found roasting the beans and making a heady brew which is taken not with sugar but with salt. The first time I got given a cup I nearly spat it across the room! Another interesting variation is the use of butter in coffee which imparts a somewhat decidedly cowy overtone to the whole experience.

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