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White corn meal flour (which I've never seen outside of southern Africa) is used for many meals in the region. And if you want meat, you have to learn how to "braai". (Don't worry if you don't know that word, it's Afrikaans for barbeque. You learn it very quickly when you make Namibian friends.)

If you are like me and don't cook much, a much easier option is Spiced Orange Tea.


  4 cups boiling water  4 tea bags
  1/3 cup sugar  1 orange zest and juice
  10 whole cloves 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  2 cinnamon sticks 1 lemon sliced

In a saucepan, combine boiling water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks.

Bring the solution to a boil. Add teabags, remove from heat, and allow to steep for four minutes.

Add orange juice, zest, lemon juice and lemon slices. Reheat but do not boil. Finally, strain the solution and serve in warmed glasses.

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