Accra Ghana Temple

Accra Ghana Temple
Accra Ghana Temple

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Roadside Delicacies

Traveling here is interesting, particularly because what you find for sale on the side of the road in Ghana will surprise you.  This could be helpful if you are having a hard time deciding what to cook for dinner. Roadside delicacies offer some interesting options for a meal.

Escargot anyone?  Notice the size of the snails - just about the size of a fist.  Impressive.  I will never complain about the snails in my yard ever again. 

This is a cane rat or as they nickname them here, a "grasscutter."  We found a scrumptious recipe for Grasscutter Stew online.  This is a bushmeat delicacy and Africans love it.  One of these would cost about $35.  How have I passed up the temptation?

You can buy it fresh killed or cooked.  Here is a cane rat after being barbequed.  No one here owns a barbeque as Americans know them.  They cook over a fire of wood or charcoal on the ground.  Look for the cute little teeth.  Adorable.  And these men are so proud of their work.  This one turned out well. 

Check out the rings and the spots on this guy; spots on the body, rings on the tail.    The salesman told me that it is an African meerkat.  I've never seen anything like this before.

And, if you want to eat a scorpion, Ghana is just the place to find big ones.  This is a small Emperor Scorpion that fell into an outdoor baptismal font.  Gregg was not about to rescue it.  I just wanted a picture.  These guys just love termites and often burrow into the bottom of a termite hill.  There is no better feast than that.