As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, I have a limited food budget. But I also love food–both eating and making it. During PST, I cooked without an oven, refrigeration, and a non-stick skillet. Now at my permanent site, I have all three, though at a cost. This occasional series will highlight my cooking and baking and the recipes I use.
I like my snacks to be portable, and during PST, I had a hard time creating portable snacks other than popcorn, hard boiled eggs, and fruit. Since then, I have expanded my snacks to include a combination of packaged and homemade items.
- Clicks has a big range of packaged snacks including crackers, pretzels, and granola bars.
- Shoprite and Pick’n’Pay both have a selection of nuts. The almonds are usually the most affordable.
- Spar sells fruit rollups in mango, peach, apricot, and guava flavors.
- I also really enjoy feta with the Clicks tortilla chips.
- Cauliflower buffalo wings
- Sweet potato chips
- Banana bread
Cauliflower buffalo wings
Time: 45 minutes
1 cup floor
2 teaspoon garlic
1 cup of water
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3/4 cup buffalo or other hot sauce
1 teaspoon butter
- Preheat stoven to 230*C. Line the rack with foil and spray.
- Mix flour and garlic. Pour in water and stir. Add cauliflower and toss to coat.
- Spread cauliflower on foil and bake 18 to 20 minutes.
- While baking, melt butter and combine with buffalo sauce. Pour sauce over cauliflower after the 20 minutes are up and return to the stoven to bake for 5 more minutes.
*To make this in a skillet, sauté the cauliflower in a well-greased skillet until almost tender for about 10 minutes. Melt the butter with the buffalo sauce and then pour over the cauliflower and cook for 5 more minutes.
Sweet potato chips
Time: 45 minutes
Cost: E30 for a bag of four orange sweet potatos at Pick N’ Pay
1 sweet potato, scrubbed and sliced 1/8th inch thick
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon coarse salt
- Preheat stoven to 200*C.
- Lay sliced sweet potatoes on rack covered with foil. Drizzle with oil, toss, and spread in a single layer on the sheets.
- Bake, flipping and rotating once, for about 25 minutes or until desired crispness.
Time: 75 minutes
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
½ cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
- Preheat stoven to 175*C.
- Mash bananas until smooth. Stir in butter.
- Mix in baking soda and salt. Mix in sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix in flour.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan or muffin cups. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, rotating every 15 minutes, in a loaf pan, or bake about 15 minutes, rotating half way through, for muffins.
- Cool completely on wire rack or on top of the gas burner in the pan before removing.