We have just completed another day of our challenge. Today came with it's own set of dilemmas, but I think we are in the swing of things. Food wasn't the focus of my mind today and I was glad. I feel like this challenge was all I thought about yesterday so it was nice to park my mind on other things.
This morning no one wanted much breakfast...I am not sure why?!? :) Garrett had a small piece of flat bread, but Lexi chose the nothing option.
For lunch I sent the kids with rice and beans, a banana, pineapple, nuts, and flat bread. Mark and I both had a bowl of rice and beans. At lunch Mark asked if tortilla chips were on the menu and I had to tell him no, but that he could have peanuts instead. At that point I think it was getting to him a little bit. Later I know (not just think) that it was really getting to him...
I know because Mark came home a little early with a headache and wanted something non-Ugandan.I was letting him know the 10 things he could have when he decided he didn't want anything and went to take some pain medicine. I was a little humored, but he wasn't so I started making dinner immediately.
We had sweet potatoes, corn cakes, corn, and beef. At dinner he jokingly told the kids he was going to buy me a one way ticket to Africa so I could eat all the Ugandan food I wanted! :) Dinner was a huge hit. We had sweet potatoes, corn, beef, and wonderful corn cakes. I took a corn meal mix, added water to make a thin paste mixture (like pancakes), and fried them up. They were awesome. I do not like cornbread at all, but these were amazing.
I didn't add any milk or eggs to the corn meal mix so they crumbled very easily, but that didn't stop everyone from eating the whole plate full. *Sorry the picture is so blurry!
I read somewhere that most Ugandans have pineapple for dessert, so we did too!
I am simmering the beef bone to see what I can make up tomorrow with the broth. I have a feeling Ugandan stew will be on our menu sometime this week.
The kids didn't have as much drama at school today which was nice. Lexi has such a wonderful supportive teacher. Instead of the usual afternoon candy snack, she has been cutting up bananas to feed the kids. The cool thing is that the banana is optional. If the student would rather have candy they can, but for every student who eats the banana she puts money in a jar for missions. Not only are the kids eating healthier snacks they are also helping give to missions by their healthy choice. How creative!
Tomorrow we will be trying Ugandan Kabobs and a Ugandan vegetable dish (if I can find the ingredients). I want to venture out and make more Ugandan recipes instead of eating the staples by themselves. I guess we will see how that goes.