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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Celebration, International | 1 comment

Empanada

Empanada

I love to know how people around the world celebrate Christmas. Couple of weeks back I asked my friend, Tamara, who is originally from Ecuador, to share some of the tradition of her native country. Christmas is very festive time of the year in this predominantly Catholic Country. Tamara says, nine days before Christmas, novena prayers (advent prayers) start. After the novena prayers, “Banuelos” a kind of cheese bread fritters, “Empanadas” with drinks are served. Masses at the churches, reenactment of the story of Jesus happens throughout the Christmas season. Midnight mass is attended by many on Christmas Eve. Tamara fondly remembers her mom, prepping the food, particularly Empanada. I have a lot of memories from mom’s cooking as we kids spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her and plenty of our extended family.  She is a great cook, a natural if you will, and there’s nothing like her food and the way she cooks it. There is no such thing in her world of cooking as...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Paella

Paella

Couple of weeks back,during our International potluck meal,i had a taste of  paella.My friend Mirza,who is from Guatemala and is married to her husband Helios,who is from Mexico, brought Paella for our potluck meal.it was tasteful tribute to their Spanish heritage.Ever since i had nagged her for the recipe and umpteen questions thereafter about the process.She and her husband has gracefully answered all my queries 🙂 In Mirza’s words : Heritage Paella is part of the Spanish heritage in Guatemala where the population is a mix between European and American natives.Paella is a traditional Spanish dish with origins in the region of Valencia.Colonization of Mexico and Central America brought this Spanish dish to this South American region.People cook paella on special occasions to share with family and friends, you can find different restaurants who serve paella on their menus, and there is different recipes to prepare it. Gift It is easy to prepare paella in big portions.So you will find Paella in the menu on the celebratory occasion such as Holidays,New...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Sour Cream Enchilada

Sour Cream Enchilada

Couple of weeks back,when we hosted International potluck,one of the crowd favorite was Enchilada and Taquito,prepared by my friend Camille.She graciously shared her recipe with us. You know what i love about when someone share their family recipe?You get to  hear a family story with it.Makes it much more then recipe. This recipe comes from my Great Aunt Maria Martinez. I’ve never found another recipe online quite like the one she has. My great aunt was raised by my grandfather who was the oldest of the family. At a very early age, she had to help support the family and began to cook at several area restaurants. Over the years, she accrued many years of experience and would often cook for the entire family of 25+. Naturally, the dishes she prepared need to be budget friendly and fairly easy to prepare in large quantities. Click on the recipe to view the larger image or download the recipe card. Hope you enjoy...

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Algeria Meal Review

Algeria Meal Review

We finished our culinary trip to Algeria, a diverse country in North Africa. It boasts the Mediterranean coast up north and sub-Saharan desert in the south.It has also been the battleground of many empires for centuries. As we prayed through this North African country using the guideline from operation world .It is encouraging and disappointing at the same time. Prayer Points Boldness and unity among the new and becoming Algerian believers. Strengthening of the family that intimidation and threat does not overcome the believer, for Christ has not given us the spirit of fear.(2 Timothy 1:7) Pray for Kabyle Berbers, nomadic tribe of Algerian, who are inclined towards the Christianity because of their disdain towards Arab. May their faith be genuine. As disappointing as it sounds, I read somewhere that,”persecution is a sign that gospel is spreading.” It is also not new, I recount reading the similar challenges faced by none other than Lilias Trotter,an early Algerian Missionary, in late 1800s.So in her own words, there is an encouragement. Glimpse of our...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in International | 0 comments

International Potluck recipes – Peruvian Ceviche

International Potluck recipes – Peruvian Ceviche

Last week,my husband and i hosted a family  night at our home as a part of playdate with purpose fellowship.Considering the diversity of our group,we decided to have international potluck.Needless to say,i ate my weight out that day.So here are some of the recipe i got to taste. Peruvian Ceviche  Thought of eating the raw fish never sounded appealing to me.Even though i have been told by the food scientist that acid breaksdown the proteins and cooks it.In my mind,food must be cooked by ‘fire’ alone in order for me to consume.It changed that night. My friend,Rebekah,who along with her family have served faithfully as missionary in Peru,brought the taste of Peru for us.I have to say,tangy,peppery ceviche dispelled my raw fish myth :-).She shared the recipe with...

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in International, missions, NonVeg | 0 comments

Chtit’ha Djedj(Algerian Chicken with chickpeas)

Chtit’ha Djedj(Algerian Chicken with chickpeas)

As we are at the tail end of our trip to Algeria, I wanted to share some more about Lilias Trotter, since we started in my last post. I have yet to read the biography of Lilias Trotter. Followings are what I have gathered after reading Noel Piper’s book, “Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God”. I am encouraged by Lilias Trotter’s  Determination  Lilias Trotter sailed to Algiers for the first time in 1888 with her two friends. She was 35 years old at that time. She was frail and had heart damage. She knew nothing about the language, culture and people of the land she was ready to venture into, yet she was determined. “The power of talking can only come by being among the people-but time will shew God’s plan.” she says when she was learning Arabic. Resourcefulness Before Lilias Trotter learnt Arabic, she used French, which many Arab men knew (with the history of French rule) to reach them with gospel. To reach women and girls, she...

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