April 22, 2013
Homemade Flour Tortillas
It was never my intention to leave this little slice of the world on the wayside. Life has a way of sneaking up on you, and leaving you with this feeling that everything on your To-Do list needs to be checked off before you can take the time to write in your beloved blog.
But, I had a little a chat with my To-Do list, and it told me not to worry, and go do what you love. And that is why, here I am, back today sharing with you. I missed you.
January 31, 2013
Camps, Camps and Some English in Between
This a three part post of recent and not-so-recent happenings in our Peace Corps life. *All photos were taken with a point & shoot, please forgive me.*
Part 1:: Reading & Crafts Camp
During training there was a session on secondary projects given by the ever talented and amazing Peace Corps Volunteer Amy. During it Amy told us all about the reading camps she had done in her community; I instantly fell in love with the idea and decided that somehow I would make this happen in my own community.
January 22, 2013
1. Avocado is eaten as a fruit. Paraguayans like to sprinkle some sugar on top and eat it in its skin or in a smoothie with milk and sugar. This means they won’t eat it in a salad, or in their sandwich, or savor the all-time American favorite: guacamole. In fact, the day Jon and I made guacamole not one member of our host family tried it.
2. The preferred breakfast is white bread; there might be some dulce de leche or jam to spread on it. This means no eggs, no pancakes, no yogurt, no granola, no fruit, no cereal, no oatmeal, no French toast, none of it, just good old white bread. There is no need to get complicated so early in the morning, Paraguayans enjoy keeping things simple.
3. Red meat shall never be eaten with the slightest trace of blood. Once I showed Paraguayans images of how Americans like to eat their steak, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing and continuously shook their heads. Ironically, they love blood sausage, while Americans stay away from it.
January 18, 2013
Brown Butter, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies
I have a question for you. Well, before I pose my question I would like for you to excuse my ignorance, and Jon’s ignorance for that matter, for he is perplexed as well.
The question: Why do we refrigerate our eggs in the United States?
I have most certainly not been to every country in the world, but enough to where I have seen a trend, a.k.a. no one refrigerates their eggs… except for us, the Americans. We love them so very much refrigerated that we buy them already refrigerated in the supermarket and it wouldn’t surprise me to know that they come to the supermarket in refrigerated semi-trucks.
January 13, 2013
Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds
There are two types of mangos that grow here, the little mango that grows on big mango trees and the big mango that grows on little mango trees. The big mango trees are much more common than the little mango trees, which is unfortunate because the little mangos are very fibrous and not very pleasant to eat while the big mangos have no fiber, are juicy and delicious.
Jon and I unfortunately do not have a little mango tree in our yard, so to attain big mangos I came up with a simple strategy: to tell every Paraguayan I know that I l-o-v-e big mangos. After my mango campaign I stood at my door and waited to reap the benefits. Paraguayans didn’t disappoint; I received 12 big mangos in two days. Jon was amazed.