Where There Is No Refrigerator

After much discussion of the slow-food movement, finding our weeknight and weekend entertainment in cooking, and trying new recipes and cooking methods for lack of other things to do once the sunsets, we finally did what we had been talking about for awhile…We finally made a blog about our cooking adventures, especially, our cooking adventures here in Cameroon, without a fridge or the other modern kitchen appliances we enjoyed back home in Portland. Where There Is No Refrigerator, wherethereisnoredrigertaor.tumblr.com, will have all the latest recipes and meals we have made here in Cameroon, and they will also be displayed on our homepage too. Here is our first entry:

Grilled cheese and tomato soup brings us back to America and provides instant comfort. While it may not be the Tillamook Cheddar Cheese we know and love from Oregon, it truly does provide pure comfort.

Cream of Tomato Soup Serves 2
6 Small Tomatoes
1 Onion
4 Cloves of Garlic
1 Sachet of Tomato Sauce (approximately 6oz Tomato Sauce, for those of you who can get it in cans and not ketchup-type packets)
2 Cups Water + 4 TBSP Powdered Milk (or, 2 Cups Milk)
Fresh Herbs (Basil, Parsley)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend the tomatoes, onion and garlic together in a blender. If you do not have a blender, dice the tomato, onion and garlic and saute until very soft. Smash tomatoes down with the back of a fork.
Add the tomato sauce, water, and powdered milk (or just tomato sauce and milk).
Bring to a boil, once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
Simmer slowly while you prepare the Grilled Cheese.
Add the herbs and salt and pepper.
Serve with finished Grilled Cheese.

Peace Corps Grilled Cheese: Serves 2

4 Slices of Bread (any sandwich type bread that you can find in your city)
4 Wedges of Vache-Qui-Rit (Laughing Cow Cheese, which seems to be the only type of ‘cheese’ available in West African Peace Corps nations)

Spread 2 wedges of Vache on one piece of bread, add another piece of bread to make a sandwich.
Butter the outsides of the bread.
Grill in a skillet on low heat until cheese melts, to help the cheese melt without burning the bread, place a lid on the skillet.
Cut Grilled Cheese into triangles, of course.

  1. It must be really useful to have cooking skills while in the Peace Corps (I didn’t)! Do you have a Peace Corps cookbook in Cameroon? I look forward to reading future posts, esp. your meatless recipes. What is it with PCVs and vegetarianism?!

    • mediafreakgodicon said:

      Hey! Where did you serve? Are you back in the US now? We do love to cook, and it is now a major part of our entertainment in our down time!

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