I don’t know exactly what it is either. Very little comes up when you do internet searches on it. This is what I DO know. They are both made from maize (what you call, “corn”….sorry couldn’t help myself. That’s a reflex there, and you may not understand the reference.)
Mealie Meal is ground corn. Sheema is ground mealie meal. And they are the staple starch/food of the people of Zambia.
I recently found out that my team this summer will not be taking food with them. We will be buying our food there. Since I have no idea what food is even available there, it makes planning in advance (like what sort of extras to bring to augment the food stores) nigh unto impossible. Most teams take a set inventory of food: this many cans of chicken/beef/pork. This many cans of corn/beans/pears. This many bags of oats/flour/sugar. You get the idea. You can think menus in your mind if you sort of know what you’ll have to work with. You can think “maybe I’ll bring oregano” or “maybe I’ll bring taco seasoning”.
What an adventure that I don’t know anything!
Pray for my kids. I could not eat all summer and be very little worse for the wear, maybe even better for the wear as I could stand to lose 10 or 60 pounds! But those kids are gonna want to eat!
Lord, if we are limited to mealie meal, may I learn how to make it look and taste different three times a day for six weeks!
1/7/07 UPDATE!! I see that my information on sheema was incorrect! Sheema is actually a porridge that is made from the mealie meal. You can make it varying consistencies. We made it sort of runny for breakfast, and much more thick (so it could be broken into pieces with your hand and eaten with sauteed cabbage) for lunch and dinnner! It was actually pretty good. I even used the mealie meal to make good old fashioned American cornbread!