An African's Anecdotes and Accoutrements
|As I write there are just 27 days left before we return home. I don’t like wishing my life away, but right now that is exactly how I feel.
My laptop spluttered and stopped working on Thursday morning. I managed to get my Windows back and running, but the minute I tried to copy files to my external hard drive the computer began rebooting... ad nauseum. Three mysterious red “x” shapes appeared at the bottom of my screen, and suddenly all manner of files were missing. It seems my hard drive has died, which isn’t too much of a problem because I last backed up my files on Monday, so I have everything necessary saved. But I a missing my instant Internet/email access...
So I finished my latest Maeve Binchey – an older one of hers called “Echoes” – which I thoroughly enjoyed, and started reading Nicholas Sparks’ “The Lucky One”. He is very easy to read, so in one day I’m half way through this book. I have also packed away most of the clothes etc we not using in our suitcases ready for the return home. There’s a shopping list of goodies I need to buy before we go home – things like paprika flakes, saffron, a selection of evil eye earrings and necklances, an amber necklace for one of my nieces, some Mavi jeans for a sister in law and a couple of handbags, but mostly we’re done.
One of my favourite things here in Turkey is pomegranite sauce – Nar Sos. There a couple of litres in the container which I figured I would use sparingly in order to wean myself off this wonderful product, because I doubted I’d ever see it outside of Turkey.
Well, I was wrong. On Friday, June 11 I had lunch in Deli-icious in Harare’s Borrowdale Village. I emember the date because the openeing ceremony for the football World Cup was being broadcast live, so we were watching it while we waited for our order. Deli-icious offers a great range of imported herbs, spices and exotic tin stuff. I ran my eyes over the selection of oils, amazed at the range on offer – olive, avocado and peanut oils were some of the names I remember. Suddenly I did a double take.
As my eyesight is slowly worsening with age I decided I’d better confirm my sighting, and jumped up to take a closer look. My eyes had not deceived me – right next to the array of oils was a litre bottle of POMEGRANITE SAUCE! Bottled in South Africa, but a PRODUCT OF TURKEY! The price was another surprise – just $2.00 more than I’d pay buying the same amount of nar sos here in Turkey!
Isn’t it amazing that while democracy is struggling in Zimbabwe, electricity and water is in seriously short supply and Zimbabwe’s diamonds are now being traded on the black market I can get excited about a simple food product??? I’m starting to worry about my priorities...