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Modern-day Thanksgiving meals have the potential to be just as powerful in the present as they were in the past.

Believe-it-or-not  filling your table with delicious foods – is just as important as filling those seats around it with people – who are in need of a blessing this year.

At the world’s table, the seats that are filled around different tables Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, and more – are just as important as the seats that are missing.  

Every time I’ve gotten lost in the world,

-on every trip I’ve ever taken, and every project I’ve ever started –

something happened to make it right.

From my first bumbling international solo trip as a teenager – in which the airline went on strike and carried all passengers to the wrong country –

To passing out in a cramped and humid foreign airport from exhaustion – fortunately into the arms of a missionary family –

To finding myself without funding in Africa – and fearing that I would not be able to make the plane –

To finding myself hours later sitting in a restaurant in London, with my first real glass of wine – if I remember right, it was $40 a glass – and a warm meal that was just as expensive – on a night when I was counting on granola or candy bars.  

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Learn more about wine. My first glass of wine was in London as a teenager – Merlot.

Red grapes – and red wine – have a real significance for me – and what signifies Thanksgiving to me.

It’s that moment – when you feel like you can’t go any further, and someone gives you a gift that it was beyond your capacity to provide for yourself.

There are thousands of mini-Thanksgivings that happen throughout the year, but we choose to try to celebrate the spirit of those – all in one day.

That first cup of red wine is what found me at a crossroads of decisions, when I decided how I wanted to spend my life.

I wanted to spend it – helping people.

But even people who help people – need help sometimes, too.

And that’s what I love about the spirit of Thanksgiving.

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Everyone has something to give, and everyone has a seat around the table – because they all need to eat, too.

I had been lucky enough to be taught in a village by a woman that worked for the United Nations.

As she sat by the firelight, she explained how she’d been kidnapped by guerillas – and later freed, and how she had been to every nation in the world except for one small territory that wouldn’t allow her entrance.  How even in dangerous places – most people are good – and do better when they are educated – just as the bible says – to teach your children, and to love your neighbors as you love yourself – as far as the east is from the west.  My trip to London was soon to follow.

Even in the worst of times, a glass of red wine has become a prayer for me.

Nothing should be able to separate people from the good that they deserve.

It should always be just around the corner, on it’s way,

rolling in the river, or on the wings of eagles,

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simply because there is a God.

So if you are struggling today… remember that there is a God, and the hope that we have in this world is only though what we can’t see, speak to, touch or feel.

Do what God would ask you to do.  Not what the world demands of you.

Follow the whispers of your heart.  Not the demands of those who pretend to be superior enough to exclude – for that is not how God made our hearts.

And God is coming to break away the shadows, and bring in the light.

Our work against poverty and injustice is never in danger of being without the support of God.

When you take steps towards the right things, even if you fall unconscious into the arms of a fellow passenger, God will keep you upright.

And may set you down at a table in a foreign land, on a day that you have almost nothing to eat – with a $40 glass of red wine in front of you – and good company.  

Gratitude is what fills your heart – when God’s wishes meets people’s actions meet Godly will.

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It’s that warm feeling you get – when the world is made right.

It’s not right to feel gratitude, when you are not grateful.

Can you imagine what would have happened – if the Indians spoke to the pilgrims, and they spouted their gratitude for the sky and the cold water – so much that the indians could not see the need that was killing them?

Even God, who knows all of your thoughts, cannot control your actions.

Don’t deny the world, help that you feel that you are called by God to give.

Don’t deny a person a kindness that you know that they need.  God is probably the reason behind your awareness and consciousness.

When you are stranded on holidays, God hears those prayers.

That is how God works – He sends help through people.

And one of the people – that the world can’t do without – is you.

So for all of you who are loved and accepted by the village – feel welcome around the proverbial ‘turkey’ table, always – even if we have to plan a bit to make it happen.

Please enjoy any of these 25 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes – and more – pictured on this page.  Click on the meal or the dish for the corresponding recipe – or just click here.

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Fresh Potatoes | In A Village

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Of all of the little children around the world that I’ve cared for – I’ve never found a child that doesn’t like potatoes.

One of the pickiest eaters I have ever known – an adorable little Chilean girl that I nannied, would still curl up and breathe in the goodness of one of our favorite meat-and-potato soups on cool evenings.

In the village, a warm steaming bowl of potato soup has the same power to comfort hungry bellies – as it does in other regions of the world.

One of the first foods that I ‘shared’ with the village – was the joy of mashed potatoes.

Starches and sugars – like the ones contained in potatoes of all varieties – are one of the most important components of the human diet.  Potatoes have the natural ability to be comforting, and memorable.

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Potato roots thrive in most environments where they are planted – from the Northern Hemispheres to the  sub-tropics – and forgivingly can still be settled into regions where the weather is too wet or dry – because potato vines perform well in pots.

On this blog, we’ve already shared so many stories about different varieties of foods – especially potatoes – that help village communities avoid famine.

As Thanksgiving is coming up, we hope to find you, our reader, full of all of the good anticipatory feelings  of that big fluffy spoon of buttery mashed potatoes present at your dinner tables – and share some savory holiday potato recipes.

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The variety of potato that is common in the village – is not as easy to peel as an Idaho potato, but otherwise share the same appearance and taste.

Even those difficult-to-peel potatoes have a special place at our dinner table in the village – and are still as delicious by the time they reach the table.

In fact, now that the children have become so accustomed to the practice of preparing and sharing potatoes – it is difficult to have a holiday without them – they are missed.

For the children in the village, it’s like – “Aunty?  Aren’t we going to make the potatoes?”

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I have to turn to our donors to try to fund some of their holiday favorites, and pray they will come through.

One of the most common varieties of potato state-side, is the Idaho potato – which has an interesting food history – and the ability to be comforting, and    nourishing.

There has even been a controversial museum opened to commemorate the importance of – specifically Idaho potatoes – as a food source – in Blackfoot, Idaho.  

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That said, no one can live well-nourished, on potatoes alone.

Other foods are necessary to meet all nutritional requirements.

I would consider any table that scorned potatoes as highly suspicious – what conditions could possibly cause one to not desire potatoes?  What could a potato do to upset anyone’s abdominal norms or preferred tastes?

Potatoes are easy to eat a lot of – but are also forgiving – and are full of the carbohydrates that digest easily, and are more filling when paired with a protein source.

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Potatoes | In A Village

In many starvation syndromes, one can witness babies that have been fed too many potatoes – and not enough protein – which  leaves the children in conditions like kwashiorkor until their nutrition can be changed.

For example, in Romanian orphanages – in an attempt to save money, officials began to feed the babies starchy potatoes instead of milk.  This shortage of protein and nutrients caused social mal-development as well as physical effects and weaknesses amongst the children, like stunting – and encouraged competition.  Children have to be properly fed, nourished – and socialized in order to develop healthy lifestyles.  Babies who are rescued from these conditions take a while to recoup – but are always worth saving.

So if the original Thanksgiving were considered a historical meal,  in the same spirit of a eucharist of starchy, white potato bread, it’s that every nation needs a ritual to produce  more potatoes – more than they need protein sources like shark meat at their dinner tables.

My son and I love a potato soup we call ‘hash’ which is a simple soup with browned ground beef, potato wedges, garlic and onions – and the hummus mashed potatoes are another option of mixing potatoes with a vegetarian protein source (imagine – flavorful garlic hummus mashed into your potatoes – like butter.)

Potatoes – also need potatoes.  It’s alright to have a double-serving, and they don’t come recommended by the teaspoon.

If ‘man cannot live by bread alone’, nor can he live on potatoes – alone.

That said, protein sources are available – all over the world.

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Idaho Sunrise Baked Potatoes Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

And most of them go well – with potatoes.

So if you are hungry –

– eat potatoes.

Those sweet carbs digest quickly down into sugars that fill your body and heart with good feelings.

If you want a second-helping on a budget – try some potato pancakes with molasses for dessert – and a nice glass of sparking red wine, or light dessert celebratory champagne -and enjoy the faith and triumph of healthy dessert conversation.

I pray that potatoes and good feelings – and good conversation – are a part of your holiday season, as we hope they will also be on our table in the village.

Check out any potato recipe on this page and share with your friends.

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Fresh Cranberries | For A Village

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Travel around Christmas-time isn’t easy for missionaries.

The holidays are the time of year – when everyone else travels.

For human-rights workers –  the budget rule is usually to hunker down where you are – be it abroad – or stateside,

-as the cost of plane tickets skyrockets, doubles-and-triples – and potential passengers from around the world compete for seats – on planes, trains, and auto-mobiles,

-rick-shaws,  bicycles, and cruise ships.

Cranberries are a special holiday flavor – in the midst of the hustle and bustle – because they are one of the special foods that the Algonquian people shared with the malnourished English settlers on the original day of Thanksgiving.

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Fresh cranberries are a crisp favorite seasonal pleasure for many – however, due to the vastly wet and cool growing conditions – which are best-suited for countries of the Northern Hemisphere, with the exception of a few high altitude mountainous regions beneath the global poverty line –

– fresh cranberries are not easy to cultivate in dry villages,which means, these little holiday berries have to travel, too. 

Fresh cranberries can be sauteéd down into sweet syrups, sauces, packaged in cans, powders, bottled juices, jams and food dehydrators,  and other processing, the same cranberryd flavor can be brought to the ends of the earth – in the same spirit as frankincense and mhyrr.

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During our first few village Christmas seasons, we could not afford gifts for the little children in the village – instead, they had beautiful traditions of dancing together on Christmas Day.

It wasn’t until about four seasons in that we were able to put up our first Christmas tree – made possible by the kindness of a donor.

Another year, we added in the tradition of holiday music – and added piano lessons until all of the children could play Jingle Bells.

Every year we challenge the village children to make paper projects, that have grown increasingly more beautiful as years have passed by.

Cranberries offer great nutrition for children, and help fight off and prevent UTI infections.  For children who are HIV+, any kind of healthy food that offers anti-bacterial benefits are a blessing.

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Raw cranberries have a bitter taste, but when cooked with sugar form very nice syrups and flavor – another example of a popular bitter flavor being a lemon – or a lime – and add a special holiday flare to some of your favorite seasonal dishes.

Child laborers in the early years of America found work on cranberries in the 1930’s – and lived in similar conditions as many of the child laborers of today.  Child right’s activists know that good legislation helps to protect society in many different ways.

The idea of activism, and nonprofits for our free nation was actually an idea born of Harvard University – which was the first establishment of learning and higher education in the newly-developed America.  Harvard University was and is located near a cranberry bog –  which became a local source of identity and color that has served the university and the world with authentic crimson, defined as an ‘arterial red’.

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Activists from early Harvard, and around the world wrestled with the ideas of how to build a nation that respects human rights – and to encourage through education, legislation and rules to where the children of a society are entitled to schooling, free from labor, and to have rights to medical care, food, resources, safe labor – and housing – is something that we’ve struggled as a nation towards – but have not yet fully arrived.

Offshore slaves hope and wish for the day that many of those same amenities can be made available for them.  That’s why – around the holidays especially, it is important to incorporate giving into your holiday budget.

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A Good Way To Remember Children’s Rights Around The World – Try This Cranberry-Orange Holiday Cheesecake Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

Help another child go to school.  Encourage another law for the protection of children in your own community be put into writing.  Sign another letter – supporting those who are out there fighting and working for human rights issues.  Hire somebody for a simple task that you don’t want to do to give them a bit of financial support or freedom.

As you enjoy your cranberries this Thanksgiving and Christmas season – let the appearance of this bright ‘arterial red’ fruit be a reminder to you of the blessings of indian cultures – and your visual cue to actively participate in the need for child rights – and human rights – and donations & gift-giving, all around the world.

It’s not necessary to travel to the ends of the earth during the holiday seasons in order to send a gift that matters:

World Vision Catalogue – Pick out a short-term project to sponsor for an international child this holiday season, or sign up for Christian sponsorship.

(World Vision’s holiday catalogue is not a joke – I’ve done a lot of work in small villages – and have seen the goats!  I’ve watched the village children learn to take care of them – they become like dogs or cats but love to eat the gardens!)

 Sponsor A Child Through Children International –  For $32 a month you can provide a child with life-changing benefits, like medical care, educational support, life skills and job training before graduation.  Children International is humanitarian sponsorship – as many of the children in need cannot be sponsored by religious organizations.  Children International began in the 1930’s with Christian Sponsorship, but adjusted their model over the years to make the same sponsorship benefits to children in poverty-stricken areas – of different religious identities.

(I have visited my own sponsored child abroad – many, many times through Children International and am always proud of their work.)

International Justice Mission – Support Justice & Sponsor the Rescue & Legal Defense of a Child From Modern-Day Slavery 

(I have visited a rescue center in another nation, and have so much respect for the legal work and advocacy that this group does to extend the rights of children to all nations.)

Mail In Your Donations Written Out To ‘Pinteresting Against Poverty’ – To ‘P.O. Box 26074, Overland Park, KS 66225’ – where we are collecting donations to give a local nonprofit that does good work in our village.  Donations are tax-deductible if you file your return in the USA. Please notify us electronically of any returned mail.)

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Fresh Artichoke | Around The World

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So much of the world is explained between the function and fluency of different langages.

It’s a little bit funny,

– to describe how I learned about artichokes.

I didn’t learn about artichokes in a grocery store – not on a health food channel, nor from any gardening experience – until we found the seeds for the village.

I learned about artichokes in highschool – in an advanced Spanish class.

Our teacher – a woman as knowledgable as she is kind – had decided to teach us – not only about the language –

-but the music, and the culture of other worlds – and words – and their meaning.

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She wanted us to understand the human stories that existed between the newspaper articles, and differences.

“In order to understand a language,”  she explained carefully-prounounced español, “You have to be able to understand expressions.”

She took in a breath to let that sink in before continuing, “Not everything that we say and express – makes sense – in the way that you expect it to – and it’s important to be aware of that when you are learning a new language.

We listened.

“So for example, we have the phrase – “Okie-Dokie, Arti-chokie…”

We all nodded, understanding.  I had heard the phrase, I just had yet to discover the vegetable.

“If you listen as a new language speaker to only the words – you will be confused.”

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“…but if you listen to the heart, you will understand.” 

She kept our attention.

“So you have to learn – to listen for the meaning behind the words.  How do they intend for you to feel when they are communicating?  Do they want you to smile back?  Do they want you to go get lunch?  Are they trying to tell you a truth that is beyond the words that you have to interpret?”

She continued. “When they say this phrase, we don’t mean, ‘let’s go get an artichoke.’  We’re not saying that ‘artichokes are okay’.  We are not even saying that we like them.”

“What we are saying – has absolutely nothing to do with artichokes – and everything to do with the rhythm of speech and comfortable conversation.”

“-all people understand better in rhymes, which are easier to memorize.”

Our Spanish teacher then explained that because all human beings like pleasant sounds,  we also say the words that we think sound pleasant.

She pulled out a tape-player, and a tape.

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“I made this for you.”  She said.

And she turned on the music.

It was popular music – in Spanish – in the style that we listened to in those years.

“At first, I was thinking that I would have you read more poetry – but then, I realized that songs were also poetry.  So I thought I would share some songs with you.”

Everyone in the room was genuinely amazed at the sounds of the artists, and the songs were catchy, and we went through several weeks singing the lyrics and getting them stuck in our heads. Everything from traditional songs to popular songs to Christmas carols.

“If you like the songs, and memorize them, you will understand how to use your verb tenses well.

And so – we did.

That’s my artichoke story.  

It turns out, artichokes are not just expressions, green succulent-looking veggies-

-artichokes are a form of thistle – a flower – with a heart. 

It is easy to look at an artichoke, and come up with words that sound pokey – starry and somehow full-circle and okie.  

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An artichoke can grow both in the wild, and be cultivated – so it’s an easy-going kind of veggie.

Artichoke flowers are flavorful, and not only used as a veggie, but also crushed for teas, and liqueur around the world.

One of the best parts about the artichoke – is the heart. 

It takes a lot of layers to reach the tender heart of the thistle.

Just like the meaning of the words are one thing, this star-of-Bethleham shining plant that is believed to have originated in the mediterranean area – has one of the most flavorful center – and taste best when warmed.

Artichokes are high in magnesium, and vitamins, and are thought to have other positive properties as well.

Artichoke hearts are a lovely addition to salads, and can be canned, roasted, powdered, dried and frozen – but are always best when warm.

I hope you enjoy some of these artichoke recipes.

It’s nice to think of favorite warm meals and salads with family, with the flavor of hearts and comforting expressions, shared around the table.

We’d like to share them with the village someday.

Thus far, we have identified the seeds, but have not understood fully the growing conditions.

“Lord… our heart is restless, till it rest in Thee.” ~Augustine

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Fresh White Table Grapes | Around The World

When I was a little girl, my grandpa was an important part of my life.

He was a veteran, and cared a lot about small children.

His happiest moments were to be able to give blessings and gifts…

– from helping with swingsets, to new bicycles, and popsicles, and

– a gift that most little girls didn’t have,

-a pair of hand-welded iron stilts, that he would add height to once I learned how to balance well – promising me that I could walk on stilts that were high-as-the-sky – as soon as I learned how to walk on the lower ones near the ground.

For a small girl, I learned how to use those stilts well.

I could dribble a soccer ball and even walk up stairs with them.

They made me feel not-small.

My grandpa loved to go on long walks, but I didn’t know him to play many sports besides watching me practice.   He was a diabetic, and struggled to keep his blood sugars in check.      I used to watch as he worked through his daily routine of drawing blood to test his sugars.

It looked painful.

One of the foods that seemed to always be on his kitchen counter – were fresh white table grapes – which he taught me were good for his condition.

Not only were they sweet, and nice to eat – even frozen like popsicles, but they didn’t have seeds – unlike many of the red varieties.

Later, as I grew up, I learned that fresh green grape berries also make beautiful wines and are often used for wedding celebrations, to symbolize friendships, promise and love.

Pinot Grigio is a popular, flavorful wine made from white grapes.

People all over the world get married, and have different cultural foods and wines to highlight their special occasions.

In the village, palm wine – and homemade beer – are the flavors used in many of their activities.

Grapes – are produced all over the world, and consist of several varieties.  They can be cultivated from the very bottom tips of Argentina and South Africa – all the way up to Alaska – and in many different spaces and locations in between.

The production of grapes all over the world, and subsequent products – such as wine – is largely do to their religious significance – and were carried along with sojourners seeking better lives, and adventure – but not wanting to leave their faith – or their favorite symbolic flavors behind.

Grapes are not often produced from seeds, as much as they are derived from propogated cuttings of an already-flowering vine after many years of selective breeding – people have continuously made cuttings of the best vines – to produce a wide variety of grapes that can be produced in almost every color of the rainbow – from deep purples and bright reds to greenish-blues.

Fresh grapes and wine tend to lower cholestrol – so that meat eating societies who consume wine with their meals are less likely to have heart disease.   If heart disease runs in your family – as it does in mine – it is reccomended to have a serving of a glass of wine a week, and up to once a day.

For Christians, grapes are symbolic of the blood of Christ, and part of the Eucharist – and forgiveness of sins – as part of the Lord’s Supper.

For the Jewish, ‘grape juice is sometimes used as an alternative for kiddush on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and has the same blessing as wine.’

For Muslims, they are forbidden to pray when intoxicated, and wine is traditionally spoken-against in the Q’ran.  That said, many of today’s wines, and historical wines were actually produced in countries that are populated with Muslims today.   Although there are more puritan-esque sects of the Muslim religion, some – like many Christians – claim it is their right to drink – just as Mohammed.

In Hinduism, the consumption of intoxicants is considered to be ‘the road to hell’ but – many do not consider wine as an intoxicant – and only view it as a healthy beverage that has medicinal effects on certain body types.

While there are not a lot of grapevines produced near our village, there is a considerable amount of consumption amongst the tourists who visit their nation.

Considering the health benefits, nutrition, medicinal benefits, and religious and historical significance – my hope would be that more would be cultivated eventually.

There is something about bringing new people from all over the world around one table – and sharing meals with wine. – that radiates with the beautiful spirit of prayerful abundance and goodwill.

Dinners are defined as ‘the ultimate act of communion;’ men that can have communion in nothing else, can sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of brotherhood over food and wine. ~Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History, Vol. 1: The Bastille, Book VII: The Insurrection of Women, Chapter II: O Richard, O My King, 1837

Prayers that you will have such dinners, especially around the holiday season, and may you be blessed with the fresh fruit of white table grapes – and wine.

Do you love sangria?  Who are you going to invite to your holiday table?  Who would you take to church?  How are grapes and wine significant to you?

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Homemade Hot Cocoa | In A Village

  Villages – at the end of the earth – shiver.

Did you know that it gets cold – almost everywhere in the world – that is habitable for human life?

All people – babies, children, young adults, mature adults – and the aging –

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-are all suceptible to environmental conditions – like – the cold.  

Even in the sub-tropics, fierce winds or dampness can push the felt temperature down to an unsustainable point for many to operate normally without some form of provision or protection.

The rainy season in Africa brings shivers, wet eyebrows, and eyelashes on the soft heads of babes – and environmental teardrops on the shoulders of the aged and elderly.

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The monsoon season in Southeast Asia infects the feet of bare-footed children walking through puddles.

The communities of the Northern Hemispheres above the ‘poverty line’ can’t imagine a life without warm clothes suited for every limb and extremity.

“The little ones in the village are shivering.”  Suggested an elder, as I was traveling abroad from the village.

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It was between spring and summertime stateside, but in our village, sometimes the temperature drops down to forty degrees – especially at night – which is unbearable for the exposed skin of the hungry children in the village.

Cold is felt more – by those who are anemic.  The B-Vitamins and red blood cells that help a human being regulate their body temperature are missing from their diets, so when they are cold, they also begin to have hormonal, metabolic, and immune system issues – simply from not being – covered.

In a location where more than 60% of the children are stunted in growth due to malnutrition – the simple ability to be warm-and-dry – matters.

So, we set out to find a new way to keep those adorable little village children -warm and toasty.  

We did not have a budget to clothe them all – but we found a new recipe – that could help.

Hot Chocolate.

You may think I’m kidding.  I’m not.

The children in many once-British colonies are used to drinking tea several times a day.

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What was our nutritional experiment?

We tried as best as we could against our ever dwindling budget to replace a few of those cups of tea with homemade hot chocolate.  Cocoa powder is common in many stores for travelers – and contains more iron and B-Vitamins than most teas.

Drinking a large, steaming cup of hot cocoa is similar to consuming a small serving of red meat – of which there is always a disparity for the poor.

When dealing with a malnourished village -iron pills are expensive, difficult to import – and easy to miscalculate — especially the dosages for malnourished children – even more so for the children suffering from starvation syndromes like marasmus and kwashiorkor.

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Homemade White Hot Chocolate (With Peppermint) Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

Even if you give a child a multi-vitamin, they will often eat in the first time, and refuse it the next for the belly-ache that follows – even after proper dosage-ing under the care of a physician – they cry and won’t take them again.  The only exception being gummy vitamins.  They love the gummy vitamins – but if you knew how smart street children are – you’d realize those are not the safest option – one of the highest causes of child-death is iron poisoning from overdosing on vitamins.  In the case that a child were able to get ahold of a tub – you’d have a problem.

However, a regular dose of chocolate can help keep the children warm and address some of those deficiencies – from the inside out.  So that they might be able to endure colder conditions – with a better internally nourished physical response.

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Most of the world’s chocolate is produced from trees in Africa – yet it is not a common flavor in nearby areas – the result being a steady supply of raw cocoa – but a lack of usage of this natural resource for the nourishment of village children.

The children’s eyes and smiles light up as they wrap their hands around a steaming cup of simple ingredients – meant to comfort – and nourish them.

So the next time you are cold, warm up with one of these cold-seasonal yummy hot cocoa recipes – and other comforting warm drink recipes – and remember the children in the village.

Perhaps we will write about another seasonal flavor – cranberries – soon.

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Tip: If you are really cold and miserable – in a damp environment – toss a shot of whiskey into a steaming glass of warm cocoa.    Another quick fix for cold conditions is actually (not suggesting this for children) a shot of whiskey.  Whiskey helps to oxygenate your vital organs – and is anti-bacterial.

Whiskey is a known rudimentary, non-prescription treatment for asthma – and is a good substitute in the case of not having a doctor or prescription available.  It’s economical, is medically effective in small amounts – and  can be found in almost every large city around the world – and in some cases – can help heal respiratory infections in the absence of an antibiotic.

Due to spending time in villages, and experiencing malnutrition at times myself, as well as being asthmatic, having an over-the-counter substitute has helped me fight off asthma attacks.

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Sweet Potatoes | In A Village

When they brought a starving little boy to me one morning in the village,

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I didn’t know what-to-do.  

I mean – I had been trained-  

I knew – what do do.

I knew that – just like the soldiers that freed the Jews from Nazi concentration camps in Europe,

-that you have to be careful to watch for re-feeding syndromes.

I knew how to diagnose malnutrition.

I knew to look for the swollen belly and skinny limbs, and big eyes with beautiful long eyelashes.

I knew to look for sores.

I even knew – that sweet potatoes were one of the best foods to feed those hungry little bellies – to reverse those conditions.  As are oranges in combination with other starches and sugars.

What I didn’t know – is where the sweet potatoes were hiding –

-from the thousands of hungry bellies in the village.

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There is something to be said for the bravery of the woman who left him there – because she bravely felt like I could help – more even than the hospital that refused him as a patient,

-putting the burden of his health and survival on others.

There’s something to be said, about the wind as it goes out of your own chest – and the responsibility of your own fast-paced heart,

-as well as the child’s palpitations.

Over the years, we’ve worked with many – too many – starvation syndromes.

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From carrying babies on our backs from the fields for miles and miles – not sure if the little being’s heart was strong enough to handle the mere effort of being carried – to having them brought by desperate parents or relatives to our doorstep – or being led out into the dark corners where hungry babies are hidden so that they are not killed for their appearances, or violated as a false cure for HIV.

It isn’t easy to carry children in so much of a hunger condition – that their muscles in their necks are so weak they can’t hold up their own heads.

It doesn’t take a day of trained labor for even the newest volunteer to be able to diagnose the difference between marasmus and kwashiorkor.  

The children – depending on the severity of their malnutrition – can’t handle food.  Ironically enough – they are most in danger of dying – after you feed them.

It’s like putting bacteria into a bowl that can’t digest it – after a while, it goes bad inside their bodies if the fibers intestines are too acidic to absorb the meal.

And yes, they even want to eat.

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Your own stomach does flip-flops when they begin to vomit and heave – or even just gently fall asleep on whatever soft cushion you’ve found for them soon enough after swallowing.

But sweet potatoes – oh, sweet potatoes – help.

Sweet potatoes grow attractive looking vines – and are related to the flower morning glories.

Sweet potatoes are not easy to find in grocery stores or villages because they tend to be named differently in several different regions -“Yams, batatas” and many more known names that can’t even be shared on this blog for how few vernacular-speaking cultures actually use those simple local terms.  Despite the confusion, if you insist – you are likely to locate a local source nearby.

And – sweet potatoes grow in easily in pots – and in fields.

Oh, so easy pots.

Most people in subtropical nations don’t know that.  It’s a good thing to teach any hungry mother or child. Just cut up a few potatoes so that the eyes are separated and plant the roots.  They will grow even if you leave the whole potato in a dark corner.

Sweet potatoes are common in vegan meals.  There are few foods more comforting than potatoes, and few more nutritious than this sugary subtropical variety.  Potatoes in themselves are interesting as a topic of conversation, and worth looking into – especially if you are working in a village.

Besides simple starches, raw sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and beta-carotene (a provitamin A carotenoid), while having moderate contents of other micronutrients, including vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and manganese (table).[36] When cooked by baking, small variable changes in micronutrient density occur to include a higher content of vitamin C at 24% of the Daily Value per 100 g serving (right table).[37][38]

The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked the nutritional value of sweet potatoes as highest among several other foods. (Wikipedia)[39]

Starving children – are no different than normal children.  Due to their conditions – they may also be picky eaters, or they might have lost the will to eat – or be malnourished because of already-existing failure-to-thrive.

So it helps and is reccommended – to have nice recipes to throw in the oven, or over a fire – even if you are in a village – to battle malnutrition as well.

Displaced and otherwise stressed children – are more likely to consume the life-saving nutrition their bodies need, if it tastes good.

And more likely to respond to emotional healing – and bonding – if their meals are prepared with care.

Here on this page are a few sweet potato recipes twinkling around the edges – .

Click on any picture for the recipe – all of which call for simple and few ingredients that can be found in almost any region of the world and are comforting anywhere you find them – even if they are difficult to peel.

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Fresh Leeks | In A Village

Earlier this year, I went on a shopping trip, with my little flower girl from the village in tow.

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She took in the view from the window as we traveled far to a first-world grocery store in the capital city, beyond the devastation of the poverty in the village,

-and marveled together at the strange array of fruits and veggies representative of the world market on the produce shelves –

-taking in the comforts ready to be found for the tourists who visited there.

“What’s this?”  Asked one in our group.

“It’s a leek.”  They said carefully, reading the produce label.

“Does it look like something you would eat?”  We passed the test onto our flower girl, representing the children in the village.

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Cabbage Soup w/ Leeks | Gimme Some Oven

She nodded seriously.

“Alrighty then!  Put it in the cart.”  She bowed before she picked it up and grinned.

I have seen several Asian recipes that call for leeks –

-but we’d yet to try them on the children in the village.

“It looks like they would re-grow.”  I said, peering at the long-legged veggie.

We took it back to the village to experiment.

First we introduced them to the children,

and secondly we placed them in water –

-and were so happy when it began to grow new roots in water.

“Oh, these!”  Cried an elder widow.  “I have tried them once.  They are very nice.”

“We have to try to get them to grow, and then you can have them during the rainy season.  They seem like they’d do well then.”

The rains were stronger and put more weight on the ground than we thought, and I am not sure what happened to the leeks after planting.  Leeks are also of the allium family, and are bulbous and require little attention once planted in the right conditions.

Up ’til now, I don’t think we’ve tried to make any meals with them, but what I know is that they are supposed to taste like giant green onions, and go well in stir-frys and maybe casserole-dishes, and soups – especially when sautéed to add extra flavor to broth.

Leeks can help fill in Vitamin K deficiencies – which will help nourish and protect vision in village children.

Vitamin K is known to protect vision – especially for newborns – so even in the first world, it is routine for babies born in hospitals in developed nations to get Vitamin K eye drops to protect their vision – guarding them anti-bacterially from blindness.

It is difficult for children in the village to afford schooling and uniforms, but to see a specialist – such as an optometrist is cost-prohibitive.  We once sponsored glasses for a village child, by the time we traveled in to the capital city and made an appointment with a reputable professional, and had the prescription glasses – it was more than $400 USD.  Most people in the nation where we work – about eighty percent of the population, live on less than $2 per day.

When ingested, Vitamin K helps guard against blood-clotting and helps promote healthy intestinal flora with anti-bacterial properties.

Leeks also include maganese, copper, and are also known as elephant garlic and kurrat.

Leeks also have a strange, but significant cultural history – of being worn – as a legendary emblem:

According to one legendKing Cadwaladr of Gwynedd ordered his soldiers to identify themselves by wearing the vegetable on their helmets in an ancient battle against the Saxons that took place in a leek field.[16] The Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton stated, in contrast, that the tradition was a tribute to Saint David, who ate only leeks when he was fasting.[17] Whatever the case, the leek has been known to be a symbol of Wales for a long time; Shakespeare, for example, refers to the custom of wearing a leek as an “ancient tradition” in Henry V. In the play, Henry tells the Welsh officer Fluellen that he, too, is wearing a leek “for I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.” The 1985 and 1990 British one pound coins bear the design of a leek in a coronet, representing Wales. 

Whether you wear them as an emblem, or you just enjoy them as an added garnish to some of your favorite meals, leeks are a flavorful and nutritional option to your meal plates – around the world.

Leeks could be added to just about any of the meal recipes listed on this page – although many of the recipes don’t call for them – you might enjoy the extra flavor or substitute in leeks for any missing ingredients if your kitchen happens to be short. Click on any photo for the recipes.

(Will be editing the molcajete foto soon, and adding in a video of the children planting leeks in our ‘water’ garden.)

Click here to learn more about leeks, and how to prepare them in the kitchen.

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Fresh Cauliflower | For A Village

When I was a little girl,

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I had a special love for broccoli.

We grew broccoli in our backyard garden, and I loved it in broccoli-and-cheese soup, as well as fried in stir-frys.

There was a family down the street, that always seemed to find everything “white” to add to our days.

They were the breeders of our beloved mixed silver persian – a very intelligent animal that would follow me off to the elementary-school – and wait faithfully to trail me back home.

These neighbors always kept homemade Christmas candy on their livingroom tables – many of which shined pearly-white – with the best of hopes and intentions.

And one day I was introduced to the ‘white’ version of – broccoli – otherwise known as cauliflower.  

Which we quickly added into our favorite meals.

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Cauliflower has a softer, more velvety taste than broccoli, and is considered a delicacy in many nations.  Cauliflower is not as high as a Vitamin A source as other relations to the cabbage plant, however, cauliflower is made almost purely of fiberous material – which is good, and gentle – for your digestive track.

Cauliflower was isolated and studied by early Arab botanists – and considered to be a delicacy by a French Louis XIV as it made it’s journey to other land’s and nations in the hands of culinary enthusiasts. (Wikipedia)

Cauliflower’s gentle flavor mixes comfortingly into different flavor combinations, which has led many cultures to embrace this soft-headed puritanical vegetable, earning it the honor of canvasing the medieval  grand tables and menus.

Nutritionally, what cauliflower lacks in Vitamin A, it makes up for in maganese and phosporus.  While not very caloric, this white blooming cabbage is full of B vitamins, nor is it low on protein.

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Cauliflower could most-likely only be grown in pots around the village, as this family-member to the cabbage isn’t likely to do well in tropical soil – however it is a treat that can sometimes be found on first-world grocery shelves – even in developing nations.

Today cauliflower is a commonality in many parts of the world, and can be found in Latin American dishes, Indian and South-East Asian dishes, as well as European.  It is less known beneath the global poverty-line, besides as a delicacy in high-end local grocery stores.

I was a bit disappointed with my picture of cauliflower as it began to change colors quickly after I purchased it without refrigeration – although it can last a long time if kept in cool air.

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When we started our Rainbow Garden project in the village – one of our many goals – which included discovering what different kinds of nutrition we could produce in a hungry village, all garden plants that we had some experience with were considered – just for the joy that trying a new food would bring to different people of the village.

Thanksgiving is a great time to try out your new cauliflower dishes and casseroles.  You can tell your guests it is food fit to feed a king, as it has been reserved to the more developed nations of the Northern Hemispheres.

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Cauliflower is something we would like to be able to produce in the village someday.  Cauliflower is as nice of a civilized vegetable as a proper cup of tea, and we hope to invite more people to enjoy the savory flavor and health benefits.

It would be nice to share a cauliflower meal with them, and give them a savory place around a blessed table.

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Star Anise | In A Village

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“Hold out your hands.”  I said to a child that loved baking.

Carefully she cupped her hands and waited with expectation as a few stars fell onto her small fingers.

Star anise — to be exact.

“We are going to have to learn new ways to make our tea these days.”  I told her.

The girl nodded carefully.  She had also been subject to the food insecurities that had caused us both to miss several meals.

“I’ve learned that this spice can actually help us to kill the worms that get into stomachs when we eat from infected food sources and water.”  I continued.

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The girl nodded again, carefully and seriously.

“Smell it.”  I suggested. She held the little brown stars to her own little brown button nose, and smiled. 

“It’s nice.”  She commented eagerly.

“The worms — don’t like that smell.  It will cause them to leave the bodies of those who are infected, and they won’t have to compete with the parasites for the little nutrition they are able to eat.”

She nodded. 

Together we broke apart mango leaves and different fruits, testing out our new spice with more familiar flavors, for an entire afternoon.  

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We mixed our new spice with banana peel, and created a banana tea.  We mixed it with mango leaves, for a greener tea.  And we knew it could also be mixed with the orange leaves — for a black tea.  

Later, we took many anise seeds, and planted them around the community bathroom outside.  

Perhaps, if the parasites that entered the human body through the feet did not like the spice in our stomachs, perhaps it would cause them to leave the grounds that we walked upon — sometimes with bare feet.

Star Anise is the over-the-counter spice which contains the active ingredient for the drug Tamiflu.

Star anise was under-produced in 2009 before the outbreak of the Swine Flu, which sent prices for the precious herb soaring for the fragrant little pods of stars.  In a small village that can’t compete with the cost of medication, the best we can do is search in the spice aisle in the capital city for a salt-like tin of the packaged spice — which we were lucky enough to locate.

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A warm cup of tea flavored with star anise is likely to numb many pains.  Chewing on this wood-like portion of the herb can also help manage dental pain, which is also classified as an anti-viral medication. The stars can be re-used many times, and it is easy to diffuse the flavor and the medicinal properties through the use of hot water.

Now we had a way to clean our bodies from the inside — out.  

Not only does the star anise grow into a beautiful bouquet of flowers that smell very pleasant — and look beautiful in arrangements — 

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— but this fragrance was also — healing and consumable.  

Who knew that one simple spice could help solve many problems in the village?

One of the older villagers scoffed at the tea pot.

She felt our new tea wasn’t a proper English cup of tea.

The stigma of being poor will often stop those in poverty from taking advantages of natural remedies that would otherwise aid the people in so many ways.

Pride is a factor when it comes to solving poverty.

It was easier to start this project with the child that was interested in the remedy, and allow them to introduce it to the village.

For a lesson that started in the village that couldn’t afford Tamiflu, we found out that simple spices and teas could help the children recover their health.  The next time you feel achy, consider giving this Chai Tea Recipe a try. 

Also, try out this comforting Vietnamese Pho Soup recipe – which also is flavored with the healing powers of star anise.

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Try this Vietnamese Pho Soup Recipe – flavored with Star Anise | Gimme Some Oven

*This blog is not suggesting readers ignore medical advice or consultation, we are just suggesting what may also be a possible alternative flu remedy in areas where healthcare is difficult to access.

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The Sweetest Rose Cake Recipe | In A Village

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If you have never considered roses — as edible —

— you’ve got the world wrong.

Roses taste — as sweet as they smell –

-and are actually a close relation to the apple-fruit.

A friend once messaged me, knowing that I was having a hard day.

She had baked a cake to share.

It was a brilliant, flaming red rose cake.

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This gorgeous, decadent treat – was three awesome rose’y buttercream layers of complete beauty.

Have you ever seen a cake so beautiful that it is difficult to eat?  Well, this is one of them.

It was painful to see the vision be divided into pieces and go onto plates.  

Red roses stand for so much in our culture, including passionate love.

This cake is perfect for weddings, to celebrate love, birthdays — or — as it was — Mother’s Day.

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Red Rose Cake Recipe w/ Buttercream Icing | Gimme Some Oven

This cake has burned itself into my memory as the most beautiful cake, I’ve ever seen.

One of the many things that I love about this cake, is that it can be enjoyed – even on a budget – all over the world.  It takes only a few simple ingredients, and will ever be a heart-stopping, breath-taking centerpiece in the middle of any kind of meaningful moment, celebration, or holiday.

In the back of my mind, I kept thinking — “I’ve got to do this for the kids in the village.”  

So – when we finally discovered roses near the village… we made these cute little ‘Rose Cupcakes’ together one evening on the porch in the late afternoon sunlight. 

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The buttercream icing had to be substituted for Royal Icing. (We hope to post a new recipe for that, soon.) The children were happy about the new treat.

One of the girls peeled back the petals regretfully — in the spirit of, ‘they love me’ — ‘they love me not’.

If I ever am blessed enough to be married — I pray this will be the cake.

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Red Rose Cake Recipe w/ Buttercream Icing | Gimme Some Oven

Amen.

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Fresh Shrimp | In A Seaside Village

I was so tired on my feet, that nice food didn’t seem possible.

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“Cómetelo.”  complained a friend, looking at my soup bowl.

It was filled with small fresh shrimp, in a red chipotle-ish flavored broth.

We were sitting outside near a beach and a small village with traditional indian music –

-not where we thought we’d be.

After a car accident, we ended up in a different town,

-and exhausted, we found a hotel,

-the only one available being a very expensive vacation resort.

-that was still serving it’s customers, on the beach, under the stars-

-fresh fish and soup.

After all of the confusion and the police, we had remained awake for nearly two days,

-and after a Costco hotdog that I was afraid to eat in a police station,

-after learning how poverty affects even up to the road signs, emergency responses, and legal systems in developing nations,

I was starved, hungry, exhausted, hurting, and it felt like no amount of food could fill me up.

Yet, this steaming bowl, was full of protein.

And daring, I dipped my spoon into it and tasted the broth.

All of a sudden, fireworks erupted over the water – and the same thing kind of happened – in my mouth.

There was a burst of fresh flavor like no other.

A small group was celebrating a wedding reception by the waterside.

The stars over the ocean waves were glimmering,

-and I realized how lucky I was – to be alive.

And mostly un-injured.

It was one of the best soups I’ve ever had in my life – full of flavor that I never learned how to replicate – but have a feeling some of these recipes might come very close.

I thought that I didn’t really like shrimp, until I dared to taste it in a village.  My driving companion insisted all of the resorts chose the best recipes directly from the people who lived in the poverty and the streets.

“You’ll have to look around again.”  Said a business executive, that had encouraged my schooling there.

“There are countries where the people are suffering, and poor.  And there are countries where the people are happy.  Few starve here.”

It wasn’t possible to think of anyone starving – in an established seaside village.

Everyone knew how to eat there.

I wish I could share that same bowl of soup and pepper-s with more people around-the-world today.

This warm bowl of comforting soup is very similar to the one I tried in the village resort, and shares a lot of the same ingredients, and flavors. Click below for the recipe.

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Comforting Curry Noodle Bowls | Gimme Some Oven

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