* Sweet potato chunks, peeled and boiled or baked. I don’t really know whether they were boiled or baked. These are not the orange ones we know, but a yellow sweet potato that has the same taste).
* Arrowroot chunks, boiled. This is a very dry and starchy root and has kind a of mottled look that most thought looked like sausage.
* A cut of pork that’s a cross between ham and bacon, called “bacon”.
* Fried eggs.
* Hardboiled eggs.
* Cereal, in the form of pressed cereal cakes that fall apart in contact with milk and soak it up.
* Sausage links
* Coffee or tea (but not the Kenyan tea which I had the pleasure of drinking once (in the airport in Nairobi, of all places), and tastes like the chai you get in Chapel Hill coffee shops).
* Fresh fruit, including bananas and papayas. There were always bananas, at every meal. Good thing I like bananas. And these were very flavorful.
The working groups usually provided soda, bananas and white bread.
* Frequently, squash soup.
* Usually some kind of savory meat in sauce, chicken or beef. Once, goat.
* Always fish.
* Steamed vegetables.
* Mashed potatoes and/or rice.
* Hard biscuits.
* Coffee or tea.
Once, we had “green grams” (or “green grahams”, I don’t know how to spell it) that the third year group had given us as a gift. They are a tiny, bright green bean, and are the most expensive bean the orphans can produce. They were utterly delicious, kind of like green lentils or black-eyed peas.
We definitely did not go hungry.