Hungry? Why not pull over on the side of the road and buy yourself a freshly caught mice kebab on the side of the road for about $.13 per mouse!
One of the ways young boys can earn a little extra cash is to catch field mice and sell them on the side of the road. Mice are usually sold in the dry season when people burn off the grass. Children wait on the other side of the fire and catch mice that are trying to escape the fire.
I want to include in this blog my little practical joke I played on my unsuspecting visitors using these scrumptious kebabs. Last Wednesday two girls from Scotland and an older lady from the States arrived to Malawi. On the way home from the airport I told them that I had to stop and buy one local tasty treat for supper. When I pulled over at the designated spot about five little boys came running to the car. They pressed their little critters right up the windows so we could pick the mice we wanted. The girls in the back started screaming and an older lady just kept repeating “Are you serious?!” It was the best practical joke I have ever played!!!
But it is not always safe to buy them on the side of the road. In some cases mice were poisoned by rat poison and sold to the unsuspecting travelers. So please, beware when you stop for this hearty snack.
Bon apetit! They taste just like chicken!