We had a cook when climbing Kili. He had to do his job supplying us with all sorts of delicacies. To do so, the porters carried all kind of foodstuff up to the mountain.
As temperatures are freezing at this elevation, a soup may always be a good idea. To prepare it, our cook used a kind of powder mixed with water and small bits of veggies. Imagine you’re on a construction site, mixing concrete for a slab. Due to the wonderful veggies in this mix of water and (cement) powder, every day the soup had a different name, e.g. know the veggie, name the soup. But soup was not all we got, there was the cook’s famous tomato sauce, good for stew, for spaghetti sauce, for rice, pap and foufou – name it, it must be good. This sauce was made of another powder – probably comparable to plaster on a construction site. Some time ago, this powder must have been placed next to some tomatoes, hence the colour, with still a very neutral taste like water with little else. This nice sauce we got every day, not for breakfast where we got a similar powder called porridge, but for lunch and dinner. After the fourth repetition we could no more with it, it seems people are less hungry on the mountain. Google it and you’ll find this confirmed. So far, our appreciation, we did not lose weight, nevertheless, our dreams of a shower converted into dreams of a meal. Nevertheless, once we got a wonderful chicken with fires – compliments of KFC.