One for the Food Lovers

February 24, 2015

Here at Limalimo, we love Ethiopia's cuisine. Most of us have been brought up on it, and for the few newcomers to the country, well, what can we say...we love it too, and never more so than when it's a fasting day.

Every Wednesday and Friday in Ethiopia is a fasting day - a day when most Orthodox Christians eat a vegan diet; no meat, fats, eggs or dairy. Some have labelled Ethiopia as one of the healthiest diets in the world, and in part, this must be down to these vegan days.

There are 250 days of the year when Orthodox Christians observe fasting; twice every week and then for longer stints before a religious festival, such as during Advent and Lent.

Just last week we entered the Lenten fasting period, which will run for roughly 55 days in the lead up to Fasika, Ethiopian Easter.

During Lent, fasting means different things to different people. For some, it is remaining devoid of animal products whilst for others it is abstaining from all food from midnight to sunset. For those that are somewhere in between, they might fast until the afternoon only.

The fasting (or yetsom) beyaynetu is a common (and probably our favourite) dish in Ethiopia during fasting. It's a large plate of injera covered with a number of colourful and delicious vegetable and lentil stews - generally always including shiro (a tasty chick pea paste) and lentil stew (meser wot). It's a must to eat with your hands and share with friends.

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While we're on the topic of delicious food, check out the culinary experiences over at Addis Eats - one of the most exciting ways to discover Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa. 

Eating meat and dairy products aren't the only things to stop during this period - the big city streets remain eerily void of the usual weekend convoys of wedding vehicles honking their horns and making laps of the city. Whilst meat is off limits, the Ethiopian wedding season grinds to a halt.

Here at Limalimo, there's no such thing as grinding to a halt. With just a few months before the rains come, we've had one of our investors working on site (thanks Tyler!), the roofs have started to go on and the monkeys are still smiling!

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