I won’t lie, I’m pretty darn impressed with myself right now.
Coal pots are a traditional way of cooking food in much of West Africa. The coal is held in a bowl or a pot, and the food is cooked over it. Well, I decided impulsively today that I was going to buy myself a coal pot. My goal was to use it like a small grill. Considering I live next to the ocean, I wanted to grill myself some fish! They were only 5 GHC in the market, that’s about $2.
My first challenge was to actually light the charcoal. The kind they sell here is not self-lighting, and I had no lighter fluid. Man, lighting charcoal is really not as easy as it seems! After a quick internet search, I learned how to make my own charcoal chimney out of an empty Ovaltine can. I couldn’t believe it, but it worked like a charm!
As my coals were lighting, I began to prepare my fish with some spices purchased at the market. Much to my dismay,
I discovered that the woman had not fully cleaned out the fish. She had removed the fins and scales from the outside, but she had left all of the guts. I was terrified! I have never cleaned a fish before. I really didn’t want to clean the fish out, but at the same time I didn’t want them to go to waste. So I grabbed a knife and… um…. did what I had to do.
So at this point, I have successfully lit the charcoal and I’ve cleaned out & spiced the fish.
After that, I just slapped them on the grill! As the fish cooked, I prepared some jollof rice using some leftover vegetables.
In general I’m not that great of a cook, but this meal turned out to be so delicious! I was so proud of myself! I bought the coal pot and charcoal, I lit it, I cleaned the fish and I made the rice. Not only that, but everything turned out really well!
3 thoughts on “The Ghana Files: I bought a coal pot!”
Wow! all those time you watched your Dad grill while we were camping paid off.
Way to go!!!! Glad you are trying new things.
That is great!!! Glad you are trying new things.