"He was like the man in the song who had ten and one wives and not enough soup for his foo-foo."
Preparing foo-foo
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePreparing foo-foo - Credit: c.hug

Foo-foo is a ubiquitous and much-beloved staple through most of West Africa.  This side dish is made by boiling and pounding a starchy vegetable, such as yam, plantain, or cassava, with a wooden spoon or beater in a bowl until it is thick and doughlike.