When we asked Elizabeth what her favorite American foods were, she started talking and wouldn’t stop:
“Pizza! And pancakes. Whipped cream! Sausage. Apples. Oranges! Strawberries….”
The Choir kids have all sorts of new experiences in America. But one that stands out to them the most is food! Let’s take a look at some of the food they like, don’t like, and what they miss from back home.
Hearing the foods the kids don’t like is amusing and fascinating. For instance, none of them really like cold cut cheese. Most homes in Uganda don’t have a refrigerator, so cheese is pretty unheard of. They don’t complain when it’s on a pizza, but a cold slice of cheese is strange to them.
Jordan tells us he doesn’t like “leaves.” Thinking of leaves off a tree branch, we’re a bit confused – they’re not common on most dinner plates. As he explains a little more we realize he means the lettuce in a salad! Don’t worry, Jordan, you’re not alone! If they’re honest, I think most people don’t like “leaves!”
Other dislikes are more surprising. Giggling shyly, Sentrina says she doesn’t like hamburgers. Caroline was unimpressed by protein smoothies, and Deborah doesn’t like Doritos of all things.
But for every food they find a little odd, there are five more the kids can’t get enough of. Remembering the first time they tried fried chicken, Tour Leader Alexis says,
“I swear I was eating dinner with a bunch of cavemen – they devoured it!”
We were surprised to learn how many of the kids listed Honey Nut Cheerios among their favorites. Pizza and pancakes are clear winners with most of the kids, as well as bacon and milkshakes.
While they’ve been enjoying trying all the new food, the kids also miss the taste of home. They miss the staples they’re used to having every day. Things like sweet potatoes, pumpkins (both the leaves and the fruit), and posho (a mazie or cornmeal porridge.)
Another thing they miss is “mandazies,” a sweet fried doughy triangle – essentially an African doughnut. Even more missed than “mandazies” are “daddies” which is what they call mini mandazies, kind of like a doughnut hole. They’ve sampled American doughnuts but are so far unimpressed.
To taste for yourself how mandazies measure up, you can try making them at home with this recipe. Let us know what you think!
Trying new food is one of the best adventures, and we’re so glad the Choir kids get to experience it to the fullest!