July 1, I am moving to Guinea, West Africa for over two years. For the first few months of this, I will be living with a host family and will have very little control of my diet. After the first few months though, I will be living on my own and can make my own food.
First of all, anyone live in West Africa able to comment? I posted before I knew the specific country and did find some helpful information! Anyone know anything specific to Guinea though? I have read that bean and egg sandwiches are pretty standard meals and that they eat little meat. I have heard that fish and rice is a common meal though, so I could work with that. I would love to hear more details on the Guinean diet, if anyone here knows.
Also, I heard that the diet is pretty much all carbs. They eat tons of rice, millet, and bread. Breakfast usually consists of bread with some sauce with it. I think my plan will be to bring some food with me to at least supplement what I get. Specifically, good protein sources. Everything there is cooked in oil so I will be getting plenty of fat. Any suggestions on good protein sources that will last 3 months? Jerky comes to mind, which I have never made, but probably could figure out easily. Maybe some trail mix too? I only get to bring 80 lbs of luggage for the two years so I can't bring anything too heavy but I would like to include a few protein sources.
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on February 21, 2013
at 12:49 PM
How about you bring cash so that you can provide for your host family? I suspect that meat is occasional because it is expensive.
If you want to come across as the weird foreigner who brought meat in her luggage, by all means, pack jerky.
on March 07, 2013
at 05:47 PM
The only thing I can add on this is for your jerky. I make my own jerky at home in a food dehydrator and it's fairly cheap and easy because I make it with ground beef (awesome, right?)
Recipe: 1 lb ground beef (that's all that fits in my food processor and dehydrator.) 1 or 1/2 an onion Some cloves of garlic or minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste, especially salt
I throw all of this into my food processor until it is all mixed very well. If you don't have a food processor then chopping your garlic and onion into the smallest pieces you can manage and then hand-mixing your meat with it all very well would work. I then shape the meat into small patties with my hands (it helps if you rinse your hands with water and let the excess drip off after each patty so the meat doesn't stick to you.) I make them fairly thin, 1/4"-1/8". Throw them on the dehydrator rack and let them go for at least 3 hours. I wait until they are the perfect dryness for my taste. You can also sprinkle them with some extra salt to add a good taste and help the drying.
You can also do this in the oven. Turn your oven on to the lowest setting (170 degrees is the best, my friend got it to work fine at 200 though.) Place your patties into a pan or directly on the rack or a grill rack with a pan underneath for the drippings. Leave the oven open a crack so the moisture can escape. Check every hour. My friend reported that after 5 hours his was perfect.
I second what people are saying about integrating yourself with the culture and diet though. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." It may not be "paleo" but, you don't want to be that snobby American either. I think you'd be more miserable spending time sourcing foods than you would be from the side effects of eating foods that you normally wouldn't. Keep your activity up, eat good when you can, go with the flow when you can't.
on February 21, 2013
at 05:05 PM
I think you'll need to learn to eat lots of coconut. Fortunately coconuts are healthy and delicious. In years gone by native cultures survived heavily on coconuts, fruits, fish and little meat.