I couldn’t stop laughing!
I couldn’t stop laughing!
This morning the girls found a small chop-chop in their room.
It was mostly dead (due to the Fendona we sprayed last week).
But not completely, because it walked off the paper!
And then Matt left for CAPA for the whole day, and FORGOT TO REMOVE THIS THING FROM MY KITCHEN COUNTER!
I composted him in short order. Don’t tell Naomi. She had named him Sneaky, and informed us “he’s the bad brother.”
But this isn’t the first time we’ve had a chop-chop in the house – check out Matt’s post and photo shoot of our last, larger chop-chop.
This afternoon we found one of our favorite bugs in our backyard!
The girls were about to lie down in the hammocks for rest time and this rainbow shield bug was just hanging out on a hammock. Yay for cool African bugs!
There are not a lot of places for kids to play on play equipment in Malawi. Now, before you get concerned that my kids don’t get to play, you should know that they play ALL THE TIME, with things like sticks, bugs, dirt, sand, etc, etc. They love it, and so do I. But play equipment is a treat. So for a special family outing yesterday, we went to the Kiboko Hotel restaurant for lunch, because they have some play equipment. And not just any play equipment!
Yes! They have a Land Rover playground! It’s this awesome?!? I am told that the rocking zebra likes to run away with little girls though, so one must be careful! 😉
In addition to the awesome play equipment, they have great smoothies…
And wonderful banana pancakes!
To top it all off, we — all of us — decided to eat our lunch in the Land Rover, just because we could.
All fueled up, we’re off on another adventure!
It is hot here in Malawi! The sun is so bright that you can’t even take good pictures outside.
So the fans are on – with the optional mister system that my brilliant husband invented!
And the candles are melting… like no kidding melting…
And all we want to drink are Italian sodas!
Ah, summertime! ❤️
There are some really great lizards here in Malawi, including the fascinating blue headed tree agamas.
They put on their colorful displays from the end of September through the beginning of the rainy season – about early December.
They haven’t shown up around our house yet, but we saw our first when we were out last week.
Pretty soon they’ll be everywhere: walls, trees, falling out of trees! And then during the rains they’ll go back to being brown and grey for 8-9 months.
This guy was pretty proud of his colors and let us thoroughly enjoy his display. The girls got pretty close before he scampered up the tree!
Here’s your cup of coffee.
We have some great dogs. Simba is 1/4 Rhodesian Ridgeback and 3/4 Great Dane, and came to us as a little puppy almost 8 years ago. A few years ago, Simba got a “wife,” and they had 2 litters of puppies. The “wife” moved to America with her family and the puppies went all different directions – except Samson, who came to live with his dad.
Samson moved in and, at 6 weeks old, promptly moved his dad out of basket and bowl. He’s been the boss ever since! But who wouldn’t love this face?
Answer: any Malawian. Malawians don’t like 1) dogs, 2) big dogs, or 3) black dogs. These guys are the perfect security pair. And they love and are loved by our girls.
In fact, one of the girls’ favorite games is Follow Simba. One day I found Naomi sitting on the steps in the garage:
“What are you doing, Omi?”
“Where is he?”
“Sleeping under the car. I’m waiting for him.”
Now that’s dedication!
What to do, what to do? At least the power is on!
At $1.23/pound, crocodile tail is the cheapest meat in town. We usually eat more beef, chicken, fish, and pork, but every once in a while we have crocodile. Like when my 6 year old asks for it.
And in case you have the idea that we go hunt crocodile, skin it, and eat it, I'm sorry to disappoint you. We buy it at the grocery store!
There aren't a lot of recipe blogs that tell you how to cook crocodile. A few years ago I found a few adventurous cooks who gave some great pointers and came away with this: crocodile is like pork. Cook it quick and fruity. So until today I've done just that. Barely defrost, cover in fruit chutney, and fry in a skillet or grill it.
Today, I decided to do a quick sear and finish it in the oven. Power is off (no defrosting), and we don't have much chutney. So, a little experimenting.
This shot give you a good idea of the cross-section of the bone in crocodile tail, as well as the rings of fat that run through the meat sections.
It passes the 3-year-old test! We decided it is good with mustard, and really great with homemade barbecue sauce!
My favorite part? The timer. Seriously. My hands were full with 9 crocodile steaks and two kiddos, so I told Siri to set a timer for me:
Just another lunch in Lilongwe!