Photo of the Day: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton having breakfast with Anthony Bourdain in Senegal
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton the radio journalist, correspondent, commentator and broadcaster from Ghana shares breakfast in Dakar, Senegal with Anthony Bourdain in his series – Parts Unknown. This episode, which we announced here – Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Season 7 features Senegal – has not only been a hit, but has helped put Senegalese cuisine and culture on the international stage. .
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton shared a few thoughts with America’s National Public Radio (NPR), some of which are below.
First of all, what is lakh?
That’s what we were eating. It’s a breakfast or even an evening dish. It’s like a yogurt with millet and a bit of vanilla essence and orange essence. This one had raisins. It’s eaten especially during ceremonies — marriages, christenings, funerals. It’s delicious, creamy and rich, so it’s like a meal!
There were some bottles of liquid on the outdoor table where you ate. What were they?
Freshly made fruit juices. The Senegalese make juice from just about every fruit you find — the baobab [bouye], the tamarind [tamarin], red sorrel [bissap], mango, pineapple, ditakh. Their juices are totally delicious. We had ginger (the Senegalese call it by the English name) baobab and bissap that morning.
Food was a big topic on the show. Any thoughts you’d like to share about the local cuisine?
The Senegalese cook well and enjoy good, healthy food — lots of vegetables and seafood, though a little too much rice for this Ghanaian’s palate!