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26 February 2019 / leggypeggy

Will we become famous in Ghana?

Kitchen, Accra, Ghana

Larry and his assistant (didn’t get her name) at work in the kitchen

One of the most followed pages on my cooking blog is the recipe for fried rice (Ghana). It was part of a Ghanaian feast that we made a few years ago using cookbooks purchased in that country. The main picture on that post has been saved to countless Pinterest accounts, as well as many website promoting Ghanaian food and produce.

Poor John and I are back in Ghana for the start of our next overland adventure. We’re in Accra (the capital) for a couple of days to meet the group and get some visas.

Of course, sightseeing has to be part of the stay. So yesterday three of us grabbed a taxi to Teshie to see the amazing carved coffins that make that suburb famous. Of course, when we got there about 2pm, our stomachs reminded us that we hadn’t eaten lunch.

We stopped at a likely looking hole-in-the-wall, but they had finished serving lunch. The next hole-in the-wall sold only alcohol and the third was a sports bar with loud music and a raucous crowd.

Ingot Hotel, Ghana

Ghana is quite religious and it shows in their signage

But then Dee and I spied the Ingot Hotel and its simple restaurant out the front. We inched our way across the busy road and popped in to see if lunch was an option. Larry, the cook, suggested fried rice, and Dee asked if it could be ‘with egg on top’. Sure thing.

So we settled down with a couple of beers and a pear soft drink. The room next to us was filled with people. It was decorated in red and grey, with small pews and a lectern. At first we thought it was a small church, but it turned out to be the hotel school.

Ghanaian cook

Larry dishes up our lunch

A couple of young women came and asked if they could have their photos taken with us. It became quite a production. All the students and teachers spilled into the hotel courtyard, and countless photographs were taken. We looked pretty scruffy compared to them, but they insisted that they are going to put our group photo on the hotel’s advertising banner.

So if you’re ever on the main street in Teshie, be sure to look our for our picture.

P.S. Another post soon about the coffins. The internet connections have been dreadful and it’s taken me 24 hours to get this posted.

fried rice

Staff, students and tourists

The making of a hotel banner. Poor John looking especially scruffy

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  1. beetleypete / Feb 26 2019 8:00 pm

    They look so smart in their uniforms! Good to see kids being proud to attend school. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:23 am

      Everyone was delightful and, as you said, it was great to see them all so interested in learning.

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  2. derrickjknight / Feb 26 2019 8:48 pm

    I’m sure your cookbook has already made you famous – this has just added spice

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  3. lmo58 / Feb 26 2019 8:54 pm

    I hope your lunch tasted as good as it looks Peggy. Are you taking the photo? Can’t wait to hear about the coffins! I’m sorry you’re having such trials with the Internet.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:26 am

      Yes, I took all these photos. And the internet is still dreadful.

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  4. Sy S. / Feb 26 2019 9:25 pm

    LP, Of all the blogs posted showing Pour John, this is the best one and he does not look scurfy at all… including hands behind his back. If I recall he does not like to use sunscreen, so he should at least wear a hat and with “From OZ” on it!

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    • Sy S. / Feb 26 2019 9:32 pm

      scurfy-spelling? should be “scruffy”

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:28 am

      Very observant. Poor John is good about wearing a hat, but he does take it off for photos.

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  5. efge63 / Feb 26 2019 9:50 pm

    Your beautiful photos Peggy just made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for showing me pictures of the other side of the world we live in!

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  6. Alison and Don / Feb 26 2019 10:38 pm

    You’re off on another African adventure! Have a great time! Safe and happy travels.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:30 am

      Thanks so much. We head out of Accra tomorrow. No idea when I’ll surface again.

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  7. Brenda / Feb 26 2019 11:37 pm

    Looking forward to following along on this one.

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  8. fragglerocking / Feb 26 2019 11:49 pm

    Looks delicious! Will be looking for the recipe.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:31 am

      The fried rice one on my cooking blog is excellent.

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      • fragglerocking / Feb 27 2019 10:47 am

        Like your other readers I cook the Chinese version (lodged with a Chinese lady who taught me her ways) but I’m looking forward to trying a different take on it.

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  9. MichaelStephenWills / Feb 27 2019 2:07 am

    Happy Travels

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  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 27 2019 3:59 am

    I was wondering when you two would be off on another adventure. What a friendly community you encountered in Teshie as well as a delicious looking lunch.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:34 am

      Everyone in Ghana has been super friendly—a great way to start our trip.

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  11. lexklein / Feb 27 2019 4:08 am

    And here I thought you were going to end up cooking for them! Your next task will be to master jollof rice, and I’m sure all those western African nations you visit will argue over whose version is best. When our daughter lived in Accra, all she heard about in food circles were the jollof wars!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 8:35 am

      I do know how to make at least one version of jollof rice. I’l try to learn more. We cook on Thursday.

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  12. Invisibly Me / Feb 27 2019 4:49 am

    Aw this is wonderful! And I love the photo (as well as agreeing there’s no scruffiness at all!) xx

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  13. thewonderer86 / Feb 27 2019 4:52 am

    What a great start to your trip – fame and fried rice!

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  14. Curt Mekemson / Feb 27 2019 6:01 am

    Be sure to eat chop when you get to Liberia. I’ll be jealous. –Curt

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  15. Sy S. / Feb 27 2019 2:04 pm

    LexKlein, thanks for telling me the name of the rice dish posted; Tonight I made JOLLOF RICE WITH BEEF GHANAIAN STYLE! And true that various countries argue who makes this dish the best.

    Aside- A Ghanaian friend said that it gets quite cold in his country (mountains/area ?) in the nighttime, so hope LeggyPeggy and Poor John have blankets to use. And we also talked about how huge Africa is… the map within the blog says it all.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 5:22 pm

      We had jollof rice for lunch yesterday and I didn’t have to make it myself. We have plenty of warm gear, so don’t worry about us on that count.

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  16. gerard oosterman / Feb 27 2019 4:39 pm

    Hoping you and Poor John are having a rice time.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2019 5:21 pm

      Thanks Gerard, we’re having a great time. About to set out west along the coast of Ghana.

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  17. Emma Cownie / Feb 27 2019 7:17 pm

    Well done. I am so impressed that you posted this. I just give up when I am away from my PC, I just can’t handle trying to work on a tiny tablet or smartphone.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2019 4:41 am

      Thanks Emma, I plan to post as often as I have internet. Today is the first chance in four days.

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  18. macalder02 / Feb 28 2019 12:06 am

    Hacer turismo y degustar la gastronomía de Ghana, no tiene precio. Ese arroz es una tentación. Tu relato nos da una idea de como son ellos. Muy buen post.

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  19. afterthelasttime / Feb 28 2019 3:24 am

    Your new found friends are very sharply attired! Did you learn how their school is supported? Government? Church?

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2019 4:42 am

      I think it’s supported by the hotel, but not sure beyond that.

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  20. Gilda Baxter / Feb 28 2019 5:29 am

    Great story 😄 Such a lovely welcome to Ghana. Have a fantastic time Peggy, I will look forward to following your adventure 😄

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2019 4:45 am

      I’ve always enjoyed my times in Ghana, and this trip is proving to be the same.

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  21. chattykerry / Feb 28 2019 6:51 am

    I love the snappy school uniforms!

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  22. Christie / Feb 28 2019 1:52 pm

    Have a wonderful trip Peggy! Looking forward to hear about your new adventures🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2019 4:46 am

      Thanks Christie. We had an interesting adventure today. Hope to post about it soon, assuming the internet hangs in.

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  23. Chris Riley / Mar 2 2019 8:41 am

    You two have some amazing adventures. Looking forward to reading about this one whe you get Internet cover.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2019 4:48 am

      Thanks Chris. The internet is intermittent. Hope to post a bit later tonight. We’ve camped the last three nights.

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  24. susan@onesmallwalk / Mar 3 2019 3:50 am

    I am making that rice today! -Susan

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  25. Oz's Travels / Mar 3 2019 12:05 pm

    Safe travels, looking forward to your adventures, have not made it to Africa yet, so will have to live vicariously through you. 😊

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  26. kkessler833 / Mar 3 2019 12:43 pm

    Great uplifting post!

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  27. Forestwood / Mar 3 2019 6:34 pm

    The places you have been – it is always interesting reading.

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  28. The Year I Touched My Toes / Mar 7 2019 9:48 pm

    Coffins?
    Che?

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