Food and Drinks in Africa
Nshima is that gooey lump that is served with pretty much any meal throughout Africa. It's made of maize flour and a bit of water which is boiled into a porridge and then paddled constantly under heat until the texture reaches a stickiness that makes it impossible to get off the spoon. Since it doesn't taste much, it's often served with a small selection of relish or hot sauce along with some meat or fish. The tricky part for untrained nshima eaters is that it's eaten with the bare hands - a messy affair if you don't master the art of scooping with your fingers. Since nshima fills up the stomach cheaply, it's the stable food in many parts of Africa, where it goes under different names like sadza, pap, ugali and fufu.