On our way back to Bamako, I saw a guy chopping the head off of a goat by the side of the road. I asked Adama if he knew how to do that. He said, “of course!” I said, “good, let’s go get a goat and bring it to your family.” We picked up a goat from a guy selling them on the side of the road. It cost about $40, which doesn’t sound like a lot to us, but it is a pretty big purchase for the locals. It all worked out well. I didn’t want to show up empty handed and I got to experience preparing a live goat and tasty goat dishes. First, they cut the goat’s throat, killing it instantly. Then they peeled the skin and chopped the goat into parts. I know it looks pretty intense for us that are only used to seeing nicely packaged meat. They don’t waste anything. They use the goat from head to tail. Once the meat was nicely placed on a big plate, Adama sent his kids to their neighbors to share the meat. They’re a very close-knit community. I have to give a big shout out to Adama’s wife, Djeneba, for all the amazing meals!!! They were too delicious!!!
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