betty crocker in the bush

I am learning creativity takes many forms here.

When life gives you only a few ingredients you can actually eat, what to do?  Hmmmm. Make a skillet.

Other than having 101 children and living in a virtual war zone without electricity or running water, my life is pretty normal.

I briefly got a chance to curl up with a few of my kids and watch a little Touched By An Angel via dvd/laptop this afternoon… the rest of the day I did admin, communications and restructured the ways we share our world a bit to make them more streamlined and accessible.  I had a cup of milk with one of my girls when she came home from exams and heard about her day in Arabic.

And alas I still have to make dinner if I want to eat.  Since April I have been on a crazy restricted diet for some digestive problems. It has been a challenge to find anything I can eat here when the do not eat list cancels out 85% of our staples!  No wheat, no corn meal (maize), no red meat… veggies, veggies and hmmm veggies.  Sweet potatoes have become my friends here!  Along with milk and protein powder!

Fortunately, in this season there are tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, eggplant, garlic cloves and the very very odd carrot and green pepper.  Now until tonight I have never ever even cut an eggplant open let alone cooked one.

But thanks to a Betty Crocker ipod app on my itouch and a little ingenuity, I found a recipe for Eggplant Ratatouille that, with a few adaptations, worked like a charm.   In case you’d like to try our adaptation, here it is:

Cut up one eggplant, 3 carrots, 1 green pepper, one small onion, 3 cloves garlic and mix in a skillet with about 1/8 cup of water over medium flame.  Add a little olive oil, basil, parsley, lemon if you have them.  I added in a small tin of tomato paste (the one that didn’t explode when opened with mystery gasses)… right at the end when most ingredients are tender toss in three cubed medium roma tomatoes.  Mix well and chow down.  A whopping 50 calorie option- but pretty yummy and filling.

So there is a little more from my world.   A lightning storm is rolling in, our kids are singing an off key rendition of “I have decided to follow Jesus” at the top of their little lungs, with great abandon at family worship.  The angels are smiling and I think an evening cup of hot milk and a good book is in order.  From our family to yours: salam taki. Noom kweis.   (Peace to you and sleep well.)

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