Chicken the Malian way

Considering the circumstances many chicken in the western world have to spend their lives, you could say that a chicken is quite lucky to be born in Mali. They can go wherever and whenever they want to, eat whatever is left of a meal or pick the grains from the family’s grounds and in return supply the family with their eggs and chicks. Only when they have reached a reasonable age (or when the family is in plain need of money) they are brought to the local market to be sold.

Having all of this in mind and feeling quite weak after the antibiotic treatment, I decided to surrender and let go of my vegetarian diet for once.

Amadou’s face showed relieve and happiness when I asked him to buy a chicken and prepare it for me afterwards. He didn’t even give me a chance to change my mind, hopped on his bicycle and took off to the chicken market section. I had warned him to not bring it home alive or kill it in front of my eyes, knowing it would take away my willingness to eat it. He understood well and the first time I saw the chicken was when it was ready to be eaten. I have to say he did a great job preparing it and I might have even enjoyed it if it hadn’t been so tough…

I know Amadou enjoyed the remainder of the meal to the fullest, even though he tried to convince me more than once to eat it all. And when Ibrahim found out about it, he just said: ‘Monique, you didn’t invite me? I can’t even remember the last time I ate chicken.’ Remembering me dawdling over it even made me feel guilty for a moment. And walking into the kitchen afterwards, finding the feet and head at the counter made me feel a bit sick.
The next chicken will be for the guys! I ordered some probiotics overseas and hope they’ll make it over here before I’m in need of another chicken meal…

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About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen: www.papillonreizen.com
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