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Bushmeat is a term that is used to often describe wild game meat in Africa. And while there some types of bushmeat that are not good or unsafe to eat - grasscutter - also known as a greater cane rat, is safe and one of the most popular types of bushmeat to eat in West Africa. It’s a delicacy!
So while we were driving on our way to Elmina, Ghana, along the side of the highway, we stopped at some hunters, and bought a grasscutter.
Later in the day, we met up with our host family, and we drove over to the Elmina fishing market. The market was amazing, bright and colorful, and energetic, with some unique fish and seafood available from the Atlantic. We bought some fish to go along with our grasscutter, and then we continued back to the house to start cooking.
First for lunch, Mama made us a dish called Eto, a mash up of yam and palm nut oil, topped with eggs. It was a little on the dry side for me, but it was an honor to have a chance to try that special Ghanaian dish.
For dinner we prepared the fish and grasscutter. The fish was made into Ghanaian groundnut or peanut soup, which is one of the best dishes I at in Ghana. The grasscutter was made into a bushmeat grasscutter light soup which included chilies, garlic, onions, ginger, and tomato.
Finally, for the main start of the meal Mama made omo tuo, Ghana style rice balls.
How does grasscutter taste? The greater cane rats run around the fields and eat grass, so unsurprisingly some parts kind of taste like grass. But they are a white meat, and have a similar look to chicken, but the meat is even sweeter. It was also surprisingly fall apart tender. I thought it was amazing!
Across West African food, grasscutter is a very popular meat, and a delicacy eaten on special occasions.
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African people are good humans...
Its a reality western world have exploited them....
Forced people of africa into slavery...
#now visit africa to praise them.... for their culture , food etc.
Why western colonisers didn’t noticed it earlier when africans were slaves...
#hypocrite world of white skin colonisers.🤨
Its good they can't take away our black colour and cannot move our continent.
The way we associate all White people with evil due to their complexion is what they want it vice versa.
Where on earth can't you find a black all over the continents yet not whites. I think this gives an assumption that the original person on earth is a black man dating millions of years whereas the whites are only 60,000 years on earth since creation.
I am glad he showed respect to the ancestors of these people by giving information on Elmina castle. I havent been there, but I saw a program where some African Americans went there and they were heart broken by the inhumanity their ancestors endured.
+Jag Mil lol funny,you don't get sick from eating canned foods frozen foods, chemically prepared foods,people eat snake they don't get sick, but then we eat common grasscutter and eyebrows are raised,jssss give some break.ive eaten grasscutter since I was a kid,but I don't have cancer,I'm perfectly fine here.
Every Race&Culture has its own God given uniqueness.
The world is getting smaller everyday.
This is the Era of Mankind to be One!
Just the word "rat" to eat seems awfully shocking!
Rabbits are Rodent specie.
And extremely expensive in Paris Michelin Gourmet Restaurants.
Respect to EACH other is what the food we eat tastes more scrumptious.
I agree. Some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life was in Egypt where I feasted on Nile perch and pigeon with rice. In Kenya, I ate gazelle and white sweet potatoes. It was so delicious. In Morocco, the food is sublime. Africa always gets a bad rap due to ignorance of the people, culture and geography.
Mark you are wonderful, witty and so intelligent. Thank you for sharing your passion for food, people and ultimately culture with the world. I love the same and I think you are an example of how we all should be by being open to experiencing things very different and not allowing certain conditions to close you of from experiencing kindness. You sir are rich! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As unappealing as rat seems. I cant judge im from an island in the carribean where we eat green monkey 🇰🇳..On a side note watching her cook reminds me of my grand mother ..I make rice the same way as the woman in the video i even shape it in a bowl to make a ball ...I never knew why we did that or where it came from ..I thought it was just a westindian thing...Its amazing to know that black people world wide still seem to display some vestiges of african culture...I even make my fried fish the same way ..All taught to me by my grand mother...only thing is change is id need utensils maybe at one point my people did eat with hands but hundreds of years of colonization by the english changed that ..Ill be needing a spoon for the soup and a knife and fork for the rice and meat ..
F or 25 years we have provided deluxe wilderness outpost fishing trips from our Armstrong location into beautiful Wabakimi Provincial Park and surrounding lakes.
Yes, we take you where the fishing is extraordinary , but there is more than fishing. Yearly family gatherings sharing a wilderness experience in comfort. Father - son (or daughter) bonding trips or Husband and wife celebrating a second honeymoon with the added spectacular outpost fishing or `the buddy trips where the tall tales get taller.
Its a big time stress reliever! . how do you think about anything else when you are fighting a fish?
Greg and I had a great week. we caught over 1000 walleye. There were well over 200 in the slot size (>18"). This is the most large walleye that have ever been caught on a trip to whiteclay for me. The slot size protection is working. It seems that each trip has more large fish being caught. Our largest northern was 43". It was caught on a jig while walleye fishing.
Greg and I sent see what you missed letters to about a dozen folks. Hope that translates into a large group for next June. . Fran and I are looking forward to the August fishing trip .
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Received your card. Congratulations on 25 Years! We speak often about the great times we had at Ogoki! A Tribute to you both!
Best Regards, Rich Craddock.
What a nice surprise to find your post card in my mail yesterday. Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything; much less a business like yours with all the uncertainties of weather, exchange-rates, two-country economies, etc. There is a reason why your business has survived and (hopefully) thrived. you do the wilderness fishing experience better than anyone in the outdoor sport vacation business.
Dear Judy and Paul,
Congratulations on 25 years. I have many fond memories of my time with Jack at Ogoki. Hope all is well with you.
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Just a note to let you know our recent fishing junket to your Mojikit South Outpost.
Ive been coming to Armstrong area since 1972 and have probably flown in with 6-7 different outfitters over the years to numerous outposts. Your Mojikit South camp is clearly the nicest camp I have been to. The cabin is beautiful and roomy. Great kitchen and dining area. Beautiful screened in deck and outside porch overlooking the channel. Large chest freezer and a frig that actually keeps things cold. Screened in fishing cleaning house with running water. Bedrooms that are roomy. Vaulted ceiling the the cabin is a plus. The cabin is centrally located to both the lake and the Ogoki Reservoir.
The boats are the best that Ive ever experienced at an outpost. The inside bottoms consist of flat carpeted panels. easy to get in and out of. 1st time Ive fished an outpost with "dry" feet. The boats had comfortable swivel seats and 15 & 20 hp 4-stroke engines that worked great.
We will definitely be back. Everything about Ogoki Frontier was quality. My two grandchildren had the time of their lives, as did the other 2 members of our party. Thanks for the memories.