Notes on the Geography of Malawi: Zomba: Photo 7
The Zomba Club. A newly arriving officer, obliged to eat at the official mess, recalled a meal. "The repast itself, I remember, did not appear to err on the side of prodigality. Its preparation consisted in the boiling of several fowls; the liquid contents of the cooking vessel being served as soup, the solid disintegrated residue constituting the remainder of the meal. This was followed by two tins of preserved fruit... small, hard biscuits... conveniently taking the place of bread. To aid and facilitate their rather difficult absorption, two large, odorous tins of Danish butter were placed on the table, and to these, in the absence of butter-knives, the company had recourse as best they could" (Maugham, Africa as I Have Known It, 1929, p. 88).
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