As we settle in over here, some questions pop up again and again. In subsequent posts, I hope to address a few of these, including "what does Julie do?" and "what's school like for your kids?"
Today's question: "What do you eat over there?"
As a Mennonite and lover-of-all-things-edible, this topic is a favourite of mine (much to Jesh's chagrin!). I'll keep this first post simple, but don't think this means it's the last you will hear of the Thiessen's menu in Burundi:)
|Mennonite "Platz" - the mangoes we substituted for plums worked just great!|
The simplest things are made from the local ingredients. There may not be huge variations in what we can get, but it's all incredibly fresh and delicious.
|Weekly we get a delivery of beautiful produce|
|Christmas dinner with the surgery staff;|
with goat kebabs as a treat!
In addition, we are blessed to have access to fresh, local cow's milk, opening up a world of possibility. I have been able to reproduce my vanilla yogurt recipe, and even tried my hand at cottage cheese to make my Grandma's blintz recipe (stuffed crêpes). Cream cheese was a fun creation, but my feta cheese totally bombed. Maybe next time!
|Rice pudding goes down easy!|
There is actually a lot that we CAN make here, it's just a matter of how much time we want to spend in the kitchen.
|Ice cream? Definitely worth the time!|
First, make the tortillas.
Second, make the chips.
Third, make the nachos:)
(worth it? That depends...)
|Orange creamsicle marshmallows|
This means we often revert to our standard meal - rice and beans.
Not a day goes by where we don't have them! On their own, layered into burrito casserole, stuffed into zucchini, rolled in home made tortillas, even at the hospital cafeteria, served with plantains (fried green bananas).
|Voila - rice and beans!|
|Burrito casserole with avocado sauce|
|Cafeteria luncheon with fried bananas|
Therefore, I am incredibly thankful for someone who comes and helps with the monotonous daily chores like these that just take a lot of time.
|Removing rocks from the rice.|
Every. Single. Time.
|When in season, mangoes are a favourite!|
(of course, now again we do enjoy a treat from out-of-the-country - which tastes all the better when it's been awhile!)