09 January 2011

3 mOrE dAyS iN aNgOLa...

      It's been a good time here visiting my parents...
the reason why I came so unexpectedly was due to my mom's health condition. She had broken 2 ribs and during the time of recovery she felt really bad...one night she almost couldn't breathe, she had high fevers and was cold as ice...  My dad said she was virtually dead... they went to the hospital and she was immediately looked after ... one of her broken ribs had punch one of her lungs, and they took out more than 1 liter of blood...



I was obviously concerned and wanted to go and be a support for them... My dad, at the same time,  also had malaria and after going to the doctor, he also suspected an hernia in his stomach... Oh my...
When I arrived they were both better, but still recovering...
I wouldn't believe this was my mom working, after all that she went through...
Check this out ...
 
eh, eh, eh... this was the morning of the 24th of December... That's what my mom does for a living... and that's also their main income together with my dad's pension... he's still waiting (for more than 8 years now) for the court to decide in his favor after being wronged on a messy scheme in the factory he was directing... actually he won the case already, but the ones who are against him appealed to the supreme court in Luanda... anyway... a too long and complicated story to tell here...
going back to my mom... as you can see she cooks very well, so her friends started to ask her to cook for them for different parties, and by word of mouth her food became famous around here...
That was another reason I wanted to come here too... so I could help my mom cook... I mainly made lots of dough for her famous chicken pies, and would take in and out of the oven the many trays filled with chicken pies, meat bread, chocolate cakes, carrot cakes and occasionally the duck rice.
It's also a pleasure to watch her cooking... she really loves what she does.  

Two days ago we went on a road trip to "Bocoio", the place where my mom grew up... It's been nice to hear all their stories too... My mom was a very good basketball player, and even though she played in "Lobito" (a bigger city nearby here), she was always known as "Maria do Bocoio"...
The picture above on the right are the typical bikes of Bocoio... These men make them and then they use them to carry stuff for people. Amazing and beautiful engineer I have to say...
I was amazed with the sightseeing , the huge trees, the many planted fields the beautiful hut (kubatas) villages (kimbos)... This is indeed a very beautiful piece of land with many beautiful people... Above, a woman grinding corn...

Anyway, this was also a really good rest for me... away from any kind of responsibilities, going to the beach (not as often cuz there was lots of rainy and cloudy days), enjoying my family and their friends, or simply be at home doing nothing, watching films, working on my computer, learning to edit videos, etc... something I don't remember doing since a loooooooong time ago... But I'm looking forward to go back, I have to say... I do miss the land, the cats and dogs, my neighbors, my friends... So, I'm refreshed and renewed for a new season :-), and I'm really grateful for that !!!

Few more pictures to add...
 "Calulu", a typical Angolan dish...with fish, manioc leaves and cooked in palm tree oil... to accompany it there's the "funge" (manioc hard polenta), "pirão" (white corn hard polenta) and beans also cooked in palm tree oil...and I add a banana on my plate...Humm..delicious!!!
 Tita, my parents best friend there...she has lunch with us nearly everyday... this day she brought it for us...
My dad, preparing his plate with lots of "gindungo" (fresh piri-piri) from their back garden... We´re ready !! Bring it on !!!

4 comments:

clara porfírio said...

GreaT! Really enjoyed knowing all this 'bout ur family; thank God ur mother is cooking & doing fine now. Keep going Baba, keep 2 enjoy the new season ahead u! Huge Hug! clarita [& Rik.]

The Winters said...

epa! tua mãe é muito divertida. força! Vonnie's mum has got to see that. Inspirational. so lovely to see you and emma this week. hope you can pop over if you get your car sorted. anyway, loving the videos, you have to show us how to do that.

Love you. Memphis and River. xxxx

Anonymous said...

Wow - your mum looks like an amazing cook! I still remember when we visited your parents, it was so relaxing and refreshing. Is that the same place? It looks like it.

Baba said...

you sent the last post?