Friday, November 16, 2012

Savannah Fifth Avenue!!

Karanambu is located in middle of 
the Savannah.  We are very remote. There are no stores of any kind! It is difficult for people to buy things they want and need for their family
So when the Chairman of the Karnambu Lodge suggested that we open a store for our staff, the old "retailer" in me just smiled! With the assistance of Angela we covered all the stores in Georgetown.
We shopped til we dropped!!!
In the meantime, Yonnette started turning to old office into the Staff Store. Everything had to be moved out and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned again!
 Two weeks later the truck arrived with all the goods and we began to set up our shop!  
 Opening day was so Exciting!
Everyone was shopping!
  We were soooo busy!
 The store has become a place to relax 
and catchup with friends
 Once a retailer, always a retailer!
Our Christmas merchandise will be on the shelves for next week!  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Making Farine!

You may remember a year or so ago when the girls here at Karanambu asked me if I wanted to learn how to make Cassava Bread!! 
This morning, Benita and Auntie Doris came and asked me if I wanted to learn how to make Farine!!! 
Farine is a staple food made from cassava.
They warned me that making Farine is a lot of hard work! 
 But I had NO idea how hard!

Fortunately Vanessia had already peeled and grated the Cassava. Auntie Doris told me to take the cow fat on the cloth and wipe the hot stove top, then she handed me a paddle and she handed me a bowl of the grated Cassava to put in the middle of the stove top.  She instructed me to stir continuously so the cassava would not burn.

I asked her how long we would stir the grated Cassava."WHOLE DAY!---"WHOLE DAY???" --- "WHOLE DAY!"  As she handed me another bowl of grated cassava to add to the stove top

It is very hard work, but it is also a time to talk 
and catch up with each other.  
You laugh and talk and STIR!!!
Benita's kids all came to watch. I think they were making guesses as to how long
 I would last!!
FINALLY!!!  Vanessia stepped in to give me a break!!
But Auntie Doris didn't stop, she kept going!  
When I asked her how she able to keep going, she just laughed and said, "But this is not my first time!"
 It is a HOT HOT fire underneath that stove top!
 And you have to keep the grated cassava moving 
or it will burn!

In the almost three years that we have been here, 
I can honestly say that each day 
is a learning experience.