Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A lunch in Zululand

On our way back from Durban to Johannesburg we stopped in Hammerstein, a township between Durban and Pietermaritzburg to visit our friend Phumziles mother. She had promised us lunch, and this was one of the most memorable experiences from our trip to South Africa.

Hammerstein was not a place of wealth, but the people here seemed to be better off than those living in many of the other townships we had seen and/or visited. Phumziles mother lived in a three bedroom house, and had a small living room, a bathroom, and a modern kitchen.

It was a wonderful generosity to be served a meal like this. The meal was simple, yet very delicious. On top you see our lunch table. On your right you see pieces of chicken baked until golden. In the middle was the most delicious steamed white bread. To our chicken we had a dark and hot gravy, flavored with Indian spices, steamed spinach with ginger, fried onion and carrots, and a salad. For dessert we had a delicious vanilla custard dessert.

This meal is supposed to be eaten with your fingers, but we had the privilege to get forks and spoons, so we did not (unfortunately) enjoy this the Zulu way.

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