Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was craving some kenkey with all the "associated condiments": home ground pepper, ground pepper from the streets, fried fish, corned beef, shito, and ketchup. All these I already had at home or could get from the kenkey seller...except for the ketchup. So I walked around my neighborhood looking for ketchup to buy. The first three kiosks did not have ketchup. But I'm glad I did not relent because my persistence was rewarded ten-fold at the forth kiosk.
The shopkeeper was bossing (chatting) with 2 other women at the front of her kiosk when I asked.
Me pa wo kyɛw, wo wɔ ketchup? (do you have ketchup, please?)
Hmmm...ketchup...ntos deɛ no nkoa na me wɔ (Hmmm, ketchup, i only have the tomato kind)
cracking a smile, I replied...
na ketchup yɛ wɔ mu bebree wehu? (Oh, so there are different kinds of ketchup, huh?)
Oh fitaa no. deɛ yɛ de gu salad so no (the creamy kind used for salads)
Of course, I thought. Silly me!
Got my tomato ketchup, and laughed all the way home.