Thursday, November 22, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
"How do you find the schools there?"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Peace Corps has been such a life changing experience so far ans we have only begun. I have been pushed to places I thought my shy self could not go and beyond the wall I have seen my strength. I have found a passion for dancing I was too self conscious to enjoy before. I have been able to laugh at myself as well as many situations I have found myself in. I have been able to connect with other people on a very human level and I am trying my best to learn everything I can in a very short amount of time.
Colleen from the Midwest asks:
"What is your favorite new word?"To this I would have to say that it is a tie between ventilate and nyaka (knee-ya-ka). I have heard many people use the word ventilate the way English speakers use the verb to vent and I love the sound of it.
Nyaka means simultaneously to want and to need and I think this is beautiful.
Linda from California asks:
"Do you have access to our types of food, I don't know if food is flown in to you or if you have adapted to local ingredients?We shop for our food in the community with a stipend Peace Corps deposits directly into our bank accounts. Some ingredients and spices are hard to come by, like fresh milk, mozzarella cheese, and other dairy products. But for the most part we're able to eat a similar menu to what we had in the United States.
We haven't quite adapted to the local diet. The food is good, but sometimes can make us sick. This isn't a problem when we're cooking for ourselves, but at weddings and funerals we are careful not to eat too freely.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This spicy vegetarian dish is usually served on the side here in South Africa, but makes a tasty main course for us.
1 white onion
3 small green chili peppers
3-4 large carrots
1 can baked beans
1 tbsp cooking oil
sliced bread (optional)
1. Dice onion and chili peppers.
2. Grate carrots.
3. Sautee onions and peppers in oil.
4. Add carrots and sautee until soft.
5. Add can of baked beans and stir until everything is heated.
6. Serve alone or with toast.
With 3 peppers it is pretty spicy, but you can use 1 or 2 and a brown onion for a milder version.