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Burkina doesn't really have any haute cuisine, or really much of a cuisine that includes a variety of interesting and tasty dished like I would say are par for the course in China, Thailand, and many other places in the world. The food here is pretty much tô and sauce, tô and sauce, perhaps some rice and sauce (a change, the sauces are different, and I will admit to liking a good peanut sauce with lots of veggies), oh, and then there's breakfast which could be tea/coffee and bread (often a slightly old chunk of white bread, tea/coffee and beignes, bouille (a thin gruel/porridge) of assorted varieties. Oh, and if you are in the city, you might get an omelet to have along with your bread and coffee. Coffee being of the instant nescafe variety, and typically doctored with a lot of sugar, and milk if you have it. The rather sweet tea for breakfast (milk if available, but often not at my village hosts) is not usually called thé, as that term (as in "on va prendre du thé) seems to be reserved for the ritual tea ceremony (ritual as in repetitive and ritualized actions, rather than anything religious) and accompanying conversation. For breakfast or coffee break, tea is either called lipton for the most common brand name, or simple referred to as café as well. Chicoré is another option, which is also typically refered to as coffee, even though it has no caffeine at all.

But I don't want to spend my time discussing drinks, because there are actually quite a few. Perhaps that's where the "cuisine" is located? The actual impetus for this post is a discussion that vegetarians may want to skip, as I thought I would write about meat. Much as meat is not as common in people's diets here in the village (I'm guessing mostly due to financial issues, but I wonder about the lack of protein, as there is minimal vegetable protein eaten as well, some beans, at times peanuts. A very little bit of dairy.). Nonetheless, the village is where I think I have eaten all the odd types of meat that are not part of your typical North American diet. I'm not talking here about pork, chicken, beef, or even goat (all of which I have eaten in the village as well, except for the beef, but I've had that in the city), but the unusual, the non-domesticated animals. (Actually, I think I need to alter my statement slightly, because it was in Orodara that I tried the dried caterpillars in sauce, and after that particular experiment, decided they were not for me and declined them when given the option here in Samogohiri.)
So here's the question for you, which of the following animals has Cari eaten in Samogohiri during this current trip to Burkina Faso?
a) termites
b) locust
c) snake
d) capitaine (a kind of fish)
e) catfish
f) rat voleur (a type of rodent)
g) mouse
h) rabbit
i) monkey
j) antelope
k) hippopotamus
l) pintade (a type of guinea fowl, these are actually domesticated, but they aren't commonly N. Am domesticated)
m) pidgeon
n) owl

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How many did you get right? Got any interesting food stories of your own?

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