Cooking the Sierra Leonean Way!

Cooking the Sierra Leonean Way!

Apr 1
Oliver Ferguson, International Programs Coordinator

This post was contributed by Cortney Eisenmann, who is a junior in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Cortney is spending this semester at Njala University, participating in the University of Illinois’ Global Health and Nutrition Program.

Rosie is the head of the home science department at Njala University. Anne Kelly (ACE) went to her house to learn how to cook the Sierra Leone way. Anne and I are at Njala University as a part of the University of Illinois’ semester abroad programs. I am studying Global Health and Nutrition and Anne is studying International Development and Agribusiness.

We learned to make cake, rice, and fish stew. We had to descale and clean fish, cut and clean eggplant, and pound/grind the pepper and onions. The cake was baked in a charcoal oven, and the stew and rice were cooked over the fire. . We both learned a lot, and had fun doing it.

For more information about studying abroad in Sierra Leone, see