The meal in my headline photo is called ”jollof” and it is arguably one of the meals Ghana is most popularly known for (that said, if you’re in for some interesting opinions on that, you should Google Ghana jollof – Nigeria jollof and just kick back, relax and get ready to have a good laugh).
However, do not worry, this is not another post on food (Okay who am I kidding? I will not promise not to mention food but I will make sure to mention other things as well, forgive a food lover). This post is about all the awesome African shops I have discovered since I started studying at Lund. I can assure you that they have made my life so much easier and better. Feel free to reach out for directions to the shops or leave comments on other African shops you have found. Tack!
All the shops are interestingly found around Botufplatsen and yes! They all have noodles, not just noodles, but INDOMIE Noodles! Spe.ci.fi.ca.lly! I knew I was home when I found these, to be honest. Words cannot express the role that Indomie has played in my life, for the most part. I do not even remember exactly when they became so popular in Africa but man. All I know is, Indomie has been there for me and can be there for you too! These are instant noodles that are super tasty and can be eaten plain, with stew, pepper sauce or stir-fried (stir-fried I think is the most popular in Ghana, sold for between 4-10 times what it would cost you to make it at home). Indomie.is.life. (Even creating lucrative jobs, as you can see). I was very excited to see these and they were fairly cheap too-15 SEK for a 5 pack-just about the same as it costs back home. If Indomie is popular in your country, this is for you, hey!! I found it!! You can too!! And if you are into instant noodles of any kind, but have not tried Indomie, I can assure you that these are the ones to go for!
For some weird reason, my tummy has not been doing too well with Lund’s milk. I cannot imagine why. My European friends mentioned that milk here is not pasteurized and insinuated that maybe I had been keeping it for longer than necessary. They urged me not to give up on Swedish milk but alas, I found Nido in all my Botufsplatsen shops. Nido is so basic in Ghana that most times, all forms of powdered milk are called Nido, irrespective of brand. (All forms of instant noodles are called Indomie too, I forgot to mention). That’s just how Ghanaians are. If your product is good, its name becomes attached to that particular item. So you will find that all baby diapers brands are known as Pampers, lol. (Ghana is super interesting, I tell you.) But yes! I found Nido and my life has been blissful ever since. Every Ghanaian has had Nido, my tummy recognises Nido. It goes very well with my morning coffee and my nightcaps and fits right in there with my cereal. Sigh. Bliss.
Black pepper sauce (shito)
Hmmm. As for this, in particular, if I start talking now, perhaps I will finish typing this post next year. Shito. Shito. Shito. This is the one thing that I can assure you that no Ghanaian left the country without. Shito has been saving lives since as far back as senior high school. My shito got finished last week and seriously I thought all was lost, I had resigned myself to my fate, Lois this is it, you are stuck with plain old stews and now you are going to understand what it feels to miss Ghana but alas!!! I was wandering round my favourite African shop (the owner claims to have a lot of Ghanaian friends and always mentions little Ghanaian towns, it’s very very cute!) when I stumbled on this!!! And it tastes so good!!! If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to your school meals, or you have a friend with a preference for spicy food coming over, or you are a Ghanaian like me, who just run out of Shito, do not worry. All is never lost.
Natural Hair Care
When I was leaving Ghana, I was told that natural hair care would be difficult, so I came with tons and tons of natural hair products and oils, only to find that there is an abundance of this stuff here. (Google did not do you justice, Lund). I hope a naturalista finds this post, and decides to bring more of her grandmother’s special shito instead of taking up space (and heaviness) with natural hair products.
Seriously, the shops have the African Survival Kit to a life in Lund. They even have yams, plantains, cassava and Neat Fufu. I would have posted pictures of those, but I wanted to leave you with a picture of Ghana’s best “waakye” (a lovely meal- that you can make right here in Lund- of brown rice and beans, vegetables, cassava flakes and assorted protein).
Moral of the story : Lois is fine, Lois is living, Lois has found Africa right here in Lund; so can you.