“First, chop the head off. Then, skin the animal. Then cut it into little pieces…” explained Kwesi with obvious delight. “You put everything in a pot with tomatoes, onions, pepper (spice), and boil in water. Once the meat is boiling, you throw out the water, then fry the meat. Once fried, you put the meat back into the pot with more onions, tomatoes, and pepper to make a NICE cat stew.”
Yes, you read right. Cat. It’s what’s for dinner.
Sometimes on the online expat forums, people will ask if anyone has seen their missing cat. If you have this problem, it’s not missing. Not all Ghanaians eat cat. But it’s a possibility.
Kwesi said that once he had his first taste of cat at a friend’s house, he proceeded to slaughter all the cats — the bad ones, the good ones — until all 7 or 8 on the property were in the pot. An adult cat can feed up to 6 people.
I thought this was terribly funny because Americans idolize their feline friends in countless YouTube videos.
By the way, Kwesi says cat tastes like rabbit but “sweeter”.
Kwesi’s Favorite Bush (Wild) Meat:
- Wild guinea fowl (similar to cornish hen)
- Grasscutter (similar to beaver or possum)
“I don’t eat dog,” Kwesi offered. “I don’t like the smell when it cooks.” Funny… Some Chinese people eat dog but they do not cat.