Yesterday I came home from work feeling exhausted and wanted to put up my feet. I made myself a cup of coffee, grabbed my latest read, and took two rusks from the box I had bought over the weekend at the South African store. It has been a while since I have eaten this treat from my homeland and I have been enjoying its crunchy taste since Sunday.
I eat the rusks in the true South African way – by dunking them into my hot coffee. Delicious! The treat and the silent time revived me and I felt the energy needed to go and cut the vegetables for dinner. Eating the rusks brought back the tastes of home and certainly made me smile. I look forward to enjoying the rest of them in the upcoming week.
What do you do to relax when you get home from work?
On Monday afternoon at dismissal, one of my parents gave me a thoughtful gift. The gift? Biltong – a South African snack of lean meat that has been cut into strips then dried and salted. This snack is not easily found here. What I have bought previously has not been salted and spiced correctly. Beef jerky (the American equivalent) does not compare. The packet I received on Monday was perfectly cured and brought to my mouth a taste of home.
You may be asking yourself why the mother of my student would give me such a gift. My student’s father grew up in South Africa, Johannesburg in a suburb that I know well. We have reminisced together about places and foods we had once eaten. He mentioned once that he had found the perfect tasting biltong at a butchery not far from where we live. He must have relayed our conversation tto his partner as the next packet his wife bought (who is not from South Africa), she passed onto me.
This week I am grateful for the thoughtfulness and kindness of a woman who understands what it is like to miss the tastes from your home country. I am thankful to have tasted a little of my past and to have savoured a snack I had not eaten and enjoyed for five years.
What have you been grateful for this week? Share your comments or the link to your post below.