“Do you have a Rolex guy?” This was the question put to me just over a week ago. I took this to be a joke about fake Rolexes in Uganda. So, I played along and said, “Yes.” I was curious, though, why someone would need a ‘Rolex guy’ because how many watches, even fake ones, can a person need. Besides it was an American missionary asking me this so I thought maybe he shouldn’t be caught up in the finer (fake) things in life. So as I was playing along, I mentioned how I don’t see him wearing one now. This is the moment we actually began communicating.
This is because he explained that in Uganda, a rollex (I am going with a 2 ‘l’ spelling though I have seen 1 ‘l’) is a food. Just as well, I don’t need a watch but this new food item certainly intrigued me. So I found his rollex guy and ordered one. It is quite the Ugandan treat. A rollex is a chapati (think fried flour tortilla) with fried egg on top and then rolled up like a newspaper. Some add tomato slices, cabbage, or onions, but I am a plain jane man. If it were heroin I would need to be in rehab since I have had one every other day. I have pushed them onto Brooke and the kids as well as our teammates Ben and Kim Church. Rollexes are all the rage at the moment.This is where Dalton, Georgia comes into the picture. My cousin, Anna, and her husband, Allan, live in Dalton and put on a hot dog bar every year. The hot dog bar is like a salad bar but way yummier. Two summers ago was my first time to visit the famed hot dog bar. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend it. Anyways, they have loads of toppings, about 30 I would say, just sitting there waiting for you to put them on your hot dog. They even have names for certain combinations. I had the chili dog. I know this is boring but most of the other toppings are avocado, lettuce, salsa, peach salsa, and vegatably things like that. I like meat and cheese and am not ashamed to admit it.
You see where this is going. After discussing the delicious qualities of rollexes with some Ugandans and Americans at lunch one day an idea came to me. Let’s have a rollex bar.You take something yummy from America and combine it with something yummy from Uganda. It is a whole new style of food I am calling Ameriganda.
Since we can’t bring his rollex guy to us we decided to do it ourselves. We didn’t have 30 toppings but we did have 3 meats, 2 cheeses, and 3 vegatably items. It was soooooo good. You will never guess which of the toppings I used. I had the ham-n-cheese rollex. More combinations were tried by others and everyone enjoyed their own. Being so enjoyed, when we each had had one, it was suggested that a fight ensue to determine who gets seconds. The black eye I got was worth it. Kidding. There was enough for everyone to have their fill. As a matter of fact, I think I am still full.I consider the endeavor a success because it has been recommend that one dinner a month be made rollex time.