Before I go away to Ghana on holiday, I find myself dreaming of all the tasty treats I’ve missed, so …wait for this …I list all the things I look forward to eating! (don’t laugh I’m serious). A popular street food I love and a childhood favourite has to be boiled monkey nuts, sold by street hawkers everywhere you turn.
This is closely followed by corn and peanuts wrapped tightly in corn husks and steamed till tender (a bit like a Mexican tamale), called Saabo. When I spot a saabo seller, it’s almost like an emergency pit-stop, I’m full of childhood excitement with my ‘dream come true’! and always buy more than I can eat to the delight of the seller! Just thinking about it, I can almost smell the aroma that comes off the steam as you unwrap and that first taste of satisfaction.
When I get back to England, my speedy alternative is to buy some raw monkey nuts from a supermarket, boil them till tender and mix with sweetcorn, then sit back enjoy and dream of Takoradi. I can’t tell you how yummy this is, you just have to try it. It’s such a simple pleasure.