Car park at the 'restaurant' in Guliso
Jaba is now 5 months old and we have started to introduce ‘solids’. I know it’s a little early but milk is not easy to get and we’ve run out of the Cow & Gate brought over from England. So what do you wean an Ethiopian baby on? Well, it appears that there is a light brown powder, containing some 14 ingredients that you mix with water and give as a ‘soup’. The ingredients are written in Amharic and so I’m not totally sure what it really contains but it looks incredibly similar to the Shiro that we eat. Makabe tells me that it has things like wheat, barley, corn, and teff in it and is also drunk by mothers after delivering their babies or if those who are unwell. Apparently, some salt or sugar is added, presumably to make it more palatable. It tastes a bit like sweet tea but this may be simply because it was warm and sweet. It’s probably reasonably nutritious and presumably easily digested. I also gave him some strained apples, although he won’t get this very often as they are at least 20 Birr each (80p) and we only get them from Addis. He certainly enjoyed it; but to be honest, he seems to guzzle down most things.
The DVDs are being put to great use!
A happily 'full' toad leaving the scene