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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler, Flatbread, Hummus, and Something-like-the-DMV

April 27, 2010

On Saturday, we found rhubarb for sale at the NGO Bazaar, a fundraiser for various philanthropic organizations throughout Ethiopia.  The Bazaar happens on the last Saturday of each month.  We went to one of the local “super markets” (about the size of a small Plaid Pantry) and bought some butter, strawberries and soymilk, (so that Sarah could enjoy our dessert also!)  We already had flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder on hand.

It was a team effort.  Jessie chopped the rhubarb and hulled the strawberries, Nickoli decided it should be a biscuit-like topping rather than a crumbly, streusel-type topping, and Sarah, Noah and I mixed up the batter and dropped it by spoonfuls on top of the fruit.  Once again, we improvised without a recipe, and it was a success!  We waited for the power to come on, discussing attempting a stove-top version if we were limited to propane for cooking.  Hallelujah!  The power came on.

We’ve been cooking up a storm today.  Jessie made hummus with the garbanzo beans (chick peas) she soaked yesterday and also a cucumber-yogurt sauce.  Sarah and I made yeast bread and we made a middle-eastern-style flatbread.  Fresh tomatoes, avocado and sliced red onions, and our dinner was complete!

Micah was away working all day today.  He left at nine this morning when we started our school day.  He spent some considerable time at the US Embassy and says it, “is like a hundred-year-old DMV.”   Doesn’t that just sound like a lot of fun.

Emily

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    April 27, 2010 4:44 pm

    You are right! I do love this post! Once again, Emily, your culinary skills shine. How about all those talented sous chefs. I only wish I could have been there to observe, or be involved, or just to sample the results! Much love and hugs and kisses! xoxo

  2. Kathi Wilson permalink
    April 27, 2010 7:14 pm

    Hi Emily;

    Your meals sound delicious and wish I was there to enjoy them with you.

    I shared your blog and photos with g-ma, as you know she is here with us in So. OR. She is doing great!

    In Micah’s blog the other day, he mentioned the rainy season has started there. It is raining here with a touch of snow (that is not sticking–yet!) Spring is in the air!

    G-ma says you all remain in her prayers. We have found a local bible study here in our new community. One of the gents is going to Rowanda for a one month mission which is part of Chuck Colson’s ministry to the prisoners there. G-ma mentioned to them about your move there.

    A big hug to you, Micah and the kids.

    Kathi and G-ma Eleanore

  3. April 27, 2010 9:11 pm

    Yum, it all looks delicious! When I lived in Kenya for a year I remember being creative with making things that were familiar with often unfamiliar ingredients–or being thrilled to find a pint of strawberries.

    We are planning on bringing a bunch of medication for AHOPE (are you familiar with them) when we come, but I would love to offer to bring some things for you guys–chocolate chips? Peanut butter? Tillamook cheese? Keep a list and email what you’d like to me when you have a chance. It was always like Christmas when people brought me food from the states.

    How is the electricity? We have our court date this Friday and I’m trying not to worry about the power being out…which would postpone our hearing.

    • Emily permalink
      April 30, 2010 10:58 am

      Hi Sarah!

      It is your court date today and I have been thinking so much about you guys! The power usually goes out for a couple hours each day, and we never really know when. It shuts off in different neighborhoods at different times. I am praying the your hearing is not postponed and that everything goes through smoothly.

      No, I am not familiar with AHOPE. I will look it up online.

      I hope you guys get through court and get your embassy date in May. We will be leaving at the end of May for Jinka. If we are gone when you guys come to Addis, hopefully you can get in touch with our friends Levi and Jessie.

      The peanut butter here is actually really good. It is like the natural peanut butter back in the US, not like Jiff or Skippy, but I like it. Chocolate, however, sounds terrific! I would love to keep a list going. Thank you so much for thinking of it.

      Love to you and your family.
      Emily

  4. Rhoda Baginski permalink
    April 28, 2010 12:44 am

    Wow that looks so good. Like Grammy says wish we could be there to sample it. It was so good talking with you last night. I’m taking everything out to Melissa’s tonight so she can pack it up and bring it to you. Sorry we can’t send more. Weight is the problem. Sending some protein for some scrumptious shakes! Keep up the good work. Love Mom

  5. Gina permalink
    April 28, 2010 2:58 pm

    Emily, you are a wonder … I love reading your blogs, and am inspired by your creativity. Everything is such an adventure and I look forward to hearing more. Give kisses to those adorable kids of yours, and I keep you in my thoughts constantly.

    Love, Gina

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