Sunday, 13 June 2010
Peanut balls and ginger beer
Mr Teacakes has been working hard to make football, which we have worried may steal from us his brain, thoughts, person and soul for the next 28 days, more acceptable (no, make that more appealing - for he's launched a full football charm offensive here and is hoping for a 360° turn). Today, in homage to Ghana playing, he introduced the little Teacakes to traditional Ghanaian music and then made us some sweet treats to be eaten while watching the match. The treats were Ghanaian Peanut Balls, which were delicious and gobbled up enthusiastically. We ate them with ginger beer. I worried that Mr Teacakes may be confusing issues by twinning Ghana with connotations of Enid Blyton: a knot which may prove too tricky for anyone to untie when trying to understand the culture of a place, but he assured us that ginger beer is a traditional African drink and that he had requested it for this very reason...
Since the beginning of the World Cup (has it really only been 3 days?) each of us has also been asked to pick a team out of a hat every day. The goals scored in each game are added to our running totals...and on the last day of the World Cup one of us will be in delighted possession of a large chocolate bar. Our progress is recorded on Zebra-girls large chalk board and, through no skill of my own, I am currently winning. Hurrah!
Today I worked my way through a mountain of ironing while we all watched Ghana vs Serbia. I thought up questions to ask Mr Teacakes about tactics...because he is so delighted when I feign an interest.
Oh and I should tell you...the man who knows that wearing polyester football shirts is both a sartorial mistake and does little to enhance his wife's love of the game, but still wishes to register his footballing enthusiasm about his person, buys his viewing clothing from Philosophy Football...simple, iconic designs printed on close-fitting 100% cotton t-shirts....that really do almost meet with wifely approval (he's actually been buying t-shirts from here for the last two years...and I never think of them as sporting paraphernalia...which is good).
Thank you so, so much for all your commenty loveliness on my trip to Paris, the Green Jug of Joy, and my profile picture which now, for the time being, has a head (verdict so far...having a head is more fun and, as Concha says, perhaps it makes one's blog a little more one's own). You have been so kind and, as ever, I have loved reading your comments. How are you surviving/enjoying the World Cup? x
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