Saturday, 7 September 2013

Olly's book review

I noticed this book on the shelves of our good friends the Kronesters in Germany a couple of weeks ago, so I ordered a copy for myself...which is fascinating reading. Ma Ellen is well educated, focused, knowledgable woman, who has lived through Liberia in peacetime, and under Doe's terrible regime, and under Taylor's terrible regime, and under a transitional government, and now Liberia under her own government...and yet the country is still a mess! Come on Ma Ellen. Sort it out!


Liberian Fish and Greens

In May, I planted sweet potatoes in our greenhouse. They have grown like crazy, spreading foliage everywhere, even between the panes of glass and onto the vegetable patch outside. I'm not growing them for the roots, but for the leaves, which every good Liberian will know are delicious cooked with fish and rice:

The leaves and stalks are sliced thinly and fried with onions, hot peppers, water and a stock cube...
Meanwhile Sally fried sliced ripe plantains a la Mama Gina (oh how we miss you, Gina!)...

...and wolfed down by hungry Liberian and Brits alike.