Zambia is in the middle of Africa, 600 miles away from the nearest ocean. It's a little larger than Texas, and, like Texas, everything there seems to be bigger. The world's largest mushroom is from Zambia. (They grow to 3 feet wide.) The termite hills get massive as well. I'm talking the size of a small home.
Zambia is very urbanized. Almost half of the population lives in the city. (This is not typical for an African country.) The problem is that one of the primary sources of income is farming. You cannot farm in the city, so unemployment rates are high. It has also been hit pretty hard with AIDS.
Groundnuts and sweet potatoes are common staples in Zambia like they are in many African countries. I thought the combination of peanut butter and sweet potatoes would be gross, but peanut butter prevailed again and made this dish yummy. Enjoy!
Boiled Sweet Potato with Groundnuts
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 sweet potato
2.5 cups water
Wash and peel the sweet potato. Slice it up as finely as you can and combine it with the water in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to let it boil until the water has been absorbed and the potato is tender. Smash the sweet potato into a paste and stir in the peanut butter. Reduce the heat to medium and cook an additional two minutes.