It pays to keep your eyes and mind open to the possibility of blessings when you least expect them. Such was my experience on Tuesday when I was lost in the unfamiliar neighborhoods of Manchester. Driving in “that” direction towards what I hoped would be the connection to I93, I happened upon The Mercy of God African Market.
It is here in this odd looming store front with darkened doors that you can find many treasures from a part of the African cuisine. (OR you can have your “junk car picked up for free” – everything you need under one roof.)
For the hard to find protein there were freezers full (or semi-full)…
…and for the unusual produce, it was plentiful.It were the shelved goods that tickled my artists fancy; such fabulous color and design but what the heck is Fufu? Turns out fufu is a dumpling-like staple in central and western Africa made from ground starchy vegetables or semolina. Every culture has a love affair with dough it seems. I came home with a token purchase to honor efforts of the traditionally dressed lovely chocolate-brown proprietress but the best thing I came home with was her blessing.
“African Market. African Market. God bless you.”
“God bless you.”
“God be with you”
“And also with you”
Above: pure palm oil from Guana – doctors are now saying it is not so bad after all for us so I may try it in some cooking. A pliable big glob of raw shea butter – gorgeous. Looks a lot like the west African shea Nilotica that I purchase from my wholesale supplier for some of my skincare products. It contains a high concentration cinnamate which is a natural sunscreen.