Yellow Roses | In A Village

Over the years, you get used to certain views in developing nations.  

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Fresh Roses | In A Village

For one thing, there is usually dust — or mud —

— depending on the climate.

There is usually some kind of grass, some kind of foliage — and some kind of color.

However — plants that take a bit more work — like roses —

— are a little bit less common to find.

In places where so many are hungry, the benefits of roses are forgotten amongst the thorns of a bleak reality.

That said, roses are still brilliant in their own way.

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Roses are just noticeable.

When I stepped off a plane,

I noticed roses planted near the runway.

As we drove from the airport —

I noticed a few blooms near the side of the road.

When I went to pick up groceries before heading on the day long road trip,

— there was a pretty little woman in a business suit, with roses lined up in glass vases.

I couldn’t afford a dozen, but wanted to bring them out to the little children in the village.

The woman agreed to let me purchase just a few.

Graciously, she pulled out about three roses.

The kids in the village are learning to love roses. | Pinteresting Against Poverty

Thrilled, I paid a small amount for the flowers — adding them to our grocery pile.  

When I mentioned that we might try to propagate them, she almost took them back.  

Instead, she quickly sliced every new shoot branching out from the roses.

She didn’t want competition.  Not even from orphans far away.

If you gave an orphan a rose —

everyone knows

— the children would be determined enough to learn how to produce the blooms rapidly in the naturally sandy soil.

The orphans would be willing to work harder and longer, and produce more of the beautiful blooms — than the shop owners who currently had control of the market.

Business owners didn’t want to have to work as hard as the orphans were willing to in order to keep their advantage.

–the easiest thing a shopowner could do to protect their income and status was to keep the flowers and seeds out of the hands of the children who wanted to go to school.

When I went back to the village, the little girls smelled the flowers and walked a little bit higher on their tippy toes.

We made rose cupcakes.  

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Rose Cupcakes | Pinteresting Against Poverty

We played “he loves me, he loves me not”.

We took pictures with the roses.

Someday, we hope to learn how to grow these beautiful blooms.  

The passionate reds, the yellow of friendship, the presence of all color in the white blooms.

We hope for a world where an orphan or a widow is allowed to grow roses in peace.

Roses are not only beautiful — they are therapeutic, edible, flavorful, fragrant, and medicinal.  

We hope to post some rose recipes and how to’s soon. 

The Sweetest Rose Cake Recipe | In A Village

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Twelve Of Our Most Popular Posts | 2017

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Fresh Cabbage | In A Village

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I can remember stepping into a mud brick building.

They called the space — the kitchen.

There was a boiling cauldron in the room filled with smoke and coals,

— and pieces of ash flying around as if it were Armageddon.

The  cook was trying to boil enough meal to feed thousands of people.

The boat oar swirled with great effort into the big iron pot —

–which once prepared, would be sloshed into bowls where students would line up by the hundreds, before breaking down into groups of three or four, around every prepared bowl,

— to eat the gruel — with their fingers.  

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The cook knew the students could not survive only on meal alone — they needed nutrition.

So they would pull cabbage from the field, and chop it up, adding it as a relish to the mix.

It seemed they didn’t have enough.  

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Nobody seemed to notice.

Village schools know that children who worry about where their next meal is coming from — are not able to focus as easily on absorbing the lessons from their academic studies.  


To address this, the headmaster created a plan to address the hunger of his students.  The students at different grade levels alternated one day a week each to work in the fields which produced the food that maintained them in their studies. Meals like this cabbage soup recipe make a big difference in small villages.

The process seemed to work.  The students were better nourished than the children who did not participate in the fields, or have access to the program.

Preparing Cabbage In The Village | Pinteresting Against Poverty

Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods, and includes high levels of manganese — which fight cancer, and Vitamin B1, Vitamin K, and gives students a boost of academic energy and mental concentration .  Cabbage is also a food that is easily grown by children.  Try out some cabbage today – with this comforting Cabbage, Sausage & Potato Soup Recipe from Gimme Some Oven. 

The short tender cabbage roots need only a little soil to be able to produce a decent volume of food, which means — they could even be produced on the rooftops of inner city schools with minimal efforts — and can grow in the hot tropics or even the mild winters with only a bit of environmental adjustments.  

What if every elementary school in more developed nations planned a four-hour nutritional production course and field into their curriculum?

Surely — it wouldn’t cost as much to keep them nourished, with all of the efforts and hands involved.  From the spirit of Oliver Twist, may every orphan and student whose stomach growls be able to enjoy a second bowl of comforting nutrition.

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Click Here For The Recipe We Use In The Village To Make Cabbage, Sausage & Potato Soup | From Gimme Some Oven

We hope that the next time you eat cabbage, you remember the children in the fields.

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Fresh Avocado | In A Village

I carefully used the knife, slicing into the dark wrinkled – dinosaur-skin-looking fruit, revealing the big wooden seed in the midst of the creamy green center.

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Click Here For A Simple Fresh House ‘Chunky’ Guacamole Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

“Avocado looks like a Spanish word…” I would teach the children who sat at my tables while waitressing at a Mexican restaurant.  “…but it’s not.”

The kids would sit happily in their booths or tables, playing with tortilla dough while their parents read through the menu.

“If you ask for an ‘avocado’ in Mexico, you would probably end up getting a ‘lawyer’ – because the word for ‘lawyer’ is so similar – ‘abogado‘.  Without clear pronounciation – or with an accent – you’d be saying, “I need a lawyer, please.”  

The children acknowledged and smiled.

“How do you say this?”  Asked a kindergartener, pointing to a tomato.

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Click Here For A Mexican Barbacoa Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe (with Avocados!) | Gimme Some Oven

I liked making guacamole in front of the tables – and teaching the customers about the places their foods were coming from.

‘Ji-tomate’ if it is red, but ‘tomato or tomatillo’ if it is still green.”  I answered, explaining that many villages in hunger seasons could not wait for the fruits to turn red on the vine, and for that reason the red-colored vegetables were coveted and prized.

Carefully I would go around the simple ingredients and train the children on their names and meaning.

Avocados – which are called ‘aguagates’ in Spanish – are very good for you.

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Avocados – are full of healthy oils – which yes, can cause you to gain weight quickly – but in the village that is exactly what we need – more foods that fight malnutrition.    They also contain essential missing vitamins in many of the world’s impoverished diets – vitamins B, K, C, E as well as potassium and lutein.

In some nations – avocados are used nearly as a substitute for butter.  Flavorful, they are opened and spread on breads or diced to flavor many foods.

We had a malnourished little girl in the village – who sadly died.  Right before she died, she wrote me a Christmas letter – and was allowed to make a phone call as I was traveling.

We thought that the little girl was getting healthier, but unfortunately the chicken pox found it’s way into the schools, and her body was so weakened that she couldn’t accomodate the virus.

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Try This Simple Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

In her honor, the children of the village and I agreed to plant an avocado tree in our front yard.  The tree grew big fast over the years, and we were all proud of the tree that reminded us of the little girl.

Sadly, someone came in and decided to chop down the tree that was already fruiting, much to the sadness of everyone – on multiple levels, for multiple reasons.   There are so many cruel opposers to emotional comforts and good nutrition for children in the village.  I think they probably cited that the children did not have ‘official’ permission to plant the tree in honor of their friend.

The children were ashamed of what happened, while I was travelling, so when I returned to the village – we planted flowers together – and as we were planting flowers, in the brush, I found a new sprouted little avocado seed which the children set aside to plant again later.

In the village where I have been working, the children do not like avocado with salt and chilis – but prefer it with sugar.  The mothers mash avocado like potatoes to add to the nutrition of their babies.

In Latin America, the avocados are small and dark-colored, but beautiful creamy green on the inside – and are usually bountiful from the months of April through May.

In other parts of the world, avocados are – huge – the average avocado pulled down from a tree like the one we planted for the little girl was usually the size of an ostrich egg – which have more fats and nutrition than could possibly be consumed by even two people.

Avocados are also comforting for your skin, good for use as cooking oil (imagine Crisco or butter) and are also used in soaps and household products.

Avocados are ripe when the tough skin is sensitive to the pressure of your fingertips – as if there were butter beneath the textured surface, and can also be served a bit more firm – diced and added to soups.

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In Mexico, our housemother would carefully break into the fruit and drop a few slices carefully into each bowl with a knife.  “Si te comas demasiado de estos te vas a engordarse.”

Avocados are thought to have originated in Latin America, and are a politically-packed little fruit with a foreign relations history.  Mexico originally thought to offer a continental trade agreement to produce the fruit, but the USA refused to accept the fruit, claiming their fruit might be infected with a certain type of fly that was claimed to destroy US crops in California.  A decision was made to only sell avocados in the USA in the winter-time, which was in opposite season for Californian production, and the fruit flies could not withstand the winter conditions if transported.  The United States government refused to accept the avocados until Mexico began banning the purchase of corn from the USA.   Now popular demand for the fruit caused Mexico to become one of the biggest producers of avocados in the world.   Trade agreements were enacted as an attempt by foreign policy anaylists to keep peaceful relations and boundaries by encouraging nations to work together post WWII to be united by the provision of common needs across borders.

Mexico is now a leading producer and exporter of the coveted green fruit – producing more than 30% of the world’s average avocado product – with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru and Indonesia also listed as major producers.

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Try This HealthyBrussels Sprouts Tacos (With Creamy Avocado Sauce) | Gimme Some Oven

Avocados are an important food to those who do not consume meat products because they are full of diverse fats.  From Wikipedia –

For the typical avocado:

 

Avocado trees are very easy to grow, and even sprout sometimes on their own just from seeds left alone in the fields after consumption – but that said, they need to have enough access to water in the dry seasons – and politically and civilly – you have to stop people from cutting down the trees.

In many poor corners of the earth – the people who plant the trees don’t own the property they are planted on – so a tree that could provide gallon upon gallon of healthy cooking oil isn’t what richer populations want to have planted on prime lands – because they attract scavengers and squatters, which lower the value of property and make it more difficult to develop.

The absence of avocado trees forces the poor to depend on products they cannot produce for themselves, like hydrogenated cooking oils – usually produced from corn or maize products.

Several weeks ago I tossed a pretty wooden oval of an avocado seed into a planter after making a fresh soup – and forgot about it.  I pulled the planter into the bathroom when cooler weather struck – and lo and behold – there was another avocado tree, greeting me – the leaved sprout more than a foot high already.  

Try some easy guacamole recipes – or adorn your tacos with healthy, creamy tropical flavor:

Questions, Comments?  If you notice any injustices, find a way to protect the production of foods in nations that have a high percentage of malnourished children.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Fresh Carrots | In A Village

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As the weather is getting colder, we are going to try to share a few more healing posts – to compliment your healthcare this winter season.  Please enjoy this updated post on carrots – with more recipes for you to enjoy – and stay warm out there!  More updates coming soon.  I am so busy working on cards this year.

One of our little children was sick in the village.  

Their childhood illness was wrapped up in an additional problem — the child was also severely malnourished.  

A cold, a flu, a cut — it doesn’t matter what kind of ailment a child faces —

when they are malnourished — the effects are worse.

In a place where there is not enough healthcare — these conditions put a higher burden on responsible adults

In addition to the stresses of tending a sick child, with few resources, and the possible spread of the illness to themselves due to lack of clean water — there are not always enough beds in hospitals if the child’s fever spikes.

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— there may not be enough vehicles to rent one if you need to try to reach a professional.

That means — swollen little eyelids and dry little lips are your business — to moisturize, to comfort —  to soothe —

Each tear that falls is a drop of liquid that isn’t in their bodies that you might not know how to replace.

What do you do, when they are this sick?

Click Here For a Fresh Carrot Cake Recipe

 

One of the village doctors, has a solution.

The children hate it — but it works.

In the lines of the sick and afflicted — the doctor calls those who are suffering from certain symptoms —  giving the influenza-affected, cold-affected, incontinence-affected children —

— a quick shot of vitamin A.

What?  

A quick shot of a — vitamin supplementation?

Yep.  “Improving the vitamin A status of deficient children through supplementation enhances their resistance to disease and can reduce mortality from all causes by approximately 23 per cent.”  

Vitamin A is actually cutting edge medicine — providing an economical new solution to measles and other childhood diseases.  If immunizations are not present or available, Vitamin A is a second-line defense which helps the children fight the epidemic once infected with their own natural systems.

Still, for someone who still has to hold and rock the sick little babies — who hate those pokey- needles —

I had to wonder — for the love of God —

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— could someone just try planting some freaking carrots around here?

Photographed: The actual Rainbow Carrots grown by the children in our village.

One of the benefits in education of living in areas that have food insecurities — is you learn what each food has to offer by the diseases and effects the deficiencies have on human bodies, when certain vitamins and minerals are lacking in the diet.

So — even in the USA, if you are sick and have the flu — go eat carrots.  Even fresh carrot cake has great nutrients to offer.

Here are a few great carrot recipes to bless your day:

The BEST Carrot Cake Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

Stay tuned to read more stories and poverty tips from the village.

 

Fresh Cranberries | For A Village

Try This Lovely Cranberry Crumble Recipe – Not For Dinner – but for Dessert! | Gimme Some Oven

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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Try This Super-Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Tarts Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

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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Try This 3-Ingredient Cranberry Bourbon Fizz (Sweet Holiday Version!) Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

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.

(Picture Borrowed From Wikipedia) Before Child Labor Laws In Brooklyn – Children Were Hired To Work On Cranberry Farms – This Photo Is Credited To Arthur_Rothstein_(American,_1915-1985)._Child_Labor,_Cranberry_Bog,_1939 (Click Here For The Link)

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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Try This Cranberry Bliss Cookie Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

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 

Check out this story, about a child-slave rescued by a Missouri Mom:

The Deep Place from International Justice Mission on Vimeo.

(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.)

Click Here To Support The Needs Of An Orphanage This Holiday Season:
Make a difference for an orphanage this #GivingTuesday. Sponsor a child or a project through Pinteresting Against Poverty.

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Try This Beautiful Crimson Cranberry-Orange Holiday Cheesecake Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

I have worked in villages with or near each of these nonprofits – and am proud of the work they do.    Have you ever sponsored a child?  Have you visited your sponsored child?  Have you ever been on a mission trip?  Share your stories – or your questions with us, here:

 

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 Fish | In A Village

There is a waterfall —

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-a really, really BIG waterfall…

-near our village.

Tourists come to visit – and never know what kind of life or personalities exist beyond the safely-marked roads — or what kind of poverty exists there.

That said, amongst the poverty – there is also abundance.

If you can make it past the hippos and the crocodiles — you can eat the fish.

The girls will refuse to throw lines and dread the canoes, fearing the water’s edge for the aggressive animals that find their home there, just beyond the large crops of fresh sugar cane that poke their reeds shyly out of the river bed.

20-Minute Pan-Seared Fish With Pomegranate Salsa | Gimme Some Oven

Even the boys will hesitate — for it is dangerous.

But the men – will smile – and whistle.  Fishing isn’t for just anybody.  There’s a reason why they are brave.

The men, and older boys will make their own fishing lines, and sometimes climb into a canoe that perhaps they’ve even made — themselves.

Once, we filled an entire canoe with village children – it is not easy to keep the vessel from tipping without extreme and concentrated balancing effort.

Women wait at the water’s edge  — or buy from the more corporate fishers, a bulk amount at a cheaper rate —

– and then women and girls will wander through the hills with the dead fish balanced on hats that look like sombreros —

-or they stack them up on blankets in rows on the ground in the markets –

-shouting out their fresh food for the day.

Fish provides great amounts of protein and vitamins for the children in the village, so long as the people are allowed to be near the water’s edge.

Without refrigeration, some types of fish can be dried and stored for long amounts of time, although the smell is not not the most friendly, they are safe to eat.

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Small Dried Fish | In The Village

It is important to have clean water sources for healthy fish.   Pollution anywhere, such as in factory-condensed areas – have effects on all of the wildlife – and the people – who live in the nearby environments.

Fish ponds rarely work for extended amounts of time without a budget set aside to repair the pumps when they fail.  Rivers and large bodies of water are much more dependable, but often, the poor are not allowed to be on those properties.  Some suggest that they bother the tourists, and others – the landscape.  Owners of large areas of property frown on gleaners and are known to burn the gardens and crops of widows and orphans that try to plant there.

It is important that people have the right to fish, and licenses and regulations help ensure that all have an equal opportunity to natural resources.

We hope that you enjoy fish, and pick up a few fish recipes today to share – and when you do, you remember the children in the village.

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Baking Cookies | In A Village

One of the first things that I noticed about children in poverty-stricken villages…

— despite the hunger which was so evident in most of them,

Was how fun… how delightful, it is…

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to feed those little bellies.

A family member bought a cookie decorating kit, hoping I could take it to the children in the village. I somehow managed to bring all the way across the world, through ALL of the international checkpoints – due to the fact that it had all dry ingredients – no liquids.  That was when I discovered how much village kids liked – cookies.  

I woke early one morning, and headed to the center where we do our work with children, just as the sun was rising. I took full advantage of the few moments of holy silence, before the children arrived, and made my way around the table and desk, setting out the ingredients from the boxed package for the children to decorate cookies as they walked through the arch in the clean walls.

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The first little girl walked in the sunlit room. An eight –year-old. She heard me moving around quietly and her sleepy, tousled head took in the sight of the prepared craft table.

“Can I show you something?” I asked, taking her by the hand.

I showed her the bright yellow icing, which had been powder in the box, which I had prepared with fresh butter,and the little cup of rainbow sprinkles.  The cookies were flat and straight, like cardboard puzzle pieces cut into the shape of butterflies and flowers.

“What is it, Aunty?” She asked, looking at the stack of packaged butter cookies, in the shape of butterflies and flowers.

“It’s an art project.” I whispered.

She sat down and I showed her how to ice a cookie.

She thought it was paint. She took to the decoration of her piece — thoughtfully — in her little pink nightgown.

The next little boy wandered in. He was only six-years-old. He had been living on the street with his brothers until just about six months before. Now he was in kindergarten. He took his new school responsibilities very seriously.

He always wore a solemn, worried expression.  He had learned that school  and church — were the factors which made his life comfortable, and separated him from the way that he lived on the street.

I sat him down, and put in front of him a cookie.

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I watched him begin to decorate his treat.  He watched the first girl carefully, to make sure that he was doing this right.

More children filed in. Graciously, it happened almost one-by-one that they silently took in their surroundings and took their place around the table.

I was able to show them their tasks individually, not as a group, although they were all together.

They loved the sprinkles. They loved the bright color of the icing.

But none of them – knew – that this was an edible treat.

“Don’t eat it.” I had told them. And they had listened.

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I suppose Crayola markers and tempera paints, and glue also appear edible — to someone who doesn’t know what they are.  

The kids had gotten used to this command not to eat the educational supplies they created with.

I have no idea how much paint had been tasted, nor plastic that had been chewed before they finally gave up trying.

Finally – near the end of their quiet decorating, one of the girls – a very bright child – asked – “What is this, Aunty?”

I grinned.

“Everybody,” I announced. “Stick your finger in this… just a little bit.”

We passed around the icing bowl – and everyone placed a bit of the “yellow paint” on their fingers.

“Now,” I smiled… “Taste it.”

As they all began licking their fingers and their eyes went joyful and wide.

“What is THAT, Aunty!?”  One child demanded.

“This is a cookie.”  I held up an example.

“This is icing.”  I held up the icing bowl.

The children all took their treats out to the sunny porch and we took pictures of their beautiful treats that they were so proud of.

The kids began to nibble on their treats, but not one child ate the whole thing. For nearly a week, I watched them sneak into the kitchen and take small sugary bites out their cookie. 

The children knew of scones, they had heard of cakes, they were learning — how cooking on a stove was different than cooking over am open fire.  And how an conventional oven is completely different than that.

– but until that day… they didn’t know cookies. And icing.

They loved these things called “cookies” and wanted them to last forever.

Notably, this treat – that the village children really like – is a luxury made out of a few simple ingredients that can almost always be found in just about every corner of the world.

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Sugar.

Butter.

Flour.

Oil.

Eggs.

Wherever you happen to be in the world, chances are, you are not very far from a tray of cookies.  They don’t have ot fit in your suitcase.

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Since that first cookie day in the village, we’ve worked with many different cookie recipes, with the many different ingredients we can access in the village.  

We’ve been baking cookies ever since, and are sharing some of our favorite cookie recipes with you today. Click on the pictures on the left side of your screen for the recipes and ideas by Gimme Some Oven.  (See video at the end of the post.)

Hopefully we can post more about those — including ingredient substitutions for commonly missing supplies, soon.

*The pictured cookie was made by a wonderful group of people in an adult daycare center to bless the people of our church.

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This may surprise you —

— but children in villages — with an internet connection —

— love to check out beautiful foods and cakes online.

Food photography and blogs, as well as cooking shows —

–have taken over the media in the past few years.

Children watch through window displays, glassed in televisions, or phone screens —

hunger makes them look a little bit dreamy — when they view beautiful foods on empty stomachs.

Ideas hug and comfort them with an inspirational touch — that maybe someday they will also be able to eat something like this.

For a recent holiday, the children chose to make a Rainbow Cake.

They didn’t have enough funding for several layers, but instead decided to paint it beautiful with food coloring and icing.

This was their result.

This is a great cake idea for birthdays — especially if children are helping to make the celebration special.

Bright colors — and extra sugar — bring hope to the children in the village.

Here is a link to our color wheel experiments which make Rainbow Icing possible even if a whole spectrum of food dyes are not availalble:  Color Theory

Click on the pictures on the left side of your screen for the recipes and ideas by Gimme Some Oven.

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Why Do We Need Shoes? | In A Village

The mud…

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is not only… dirty.

The mud, is not only inescapable and slippery —

— to those who can’t afford to pay for proper shoes.

The mud is a pathway to parasites,

…which crawl in through painful sores in the feet,

and climb the legs to lay eggs in the lungs of it’s victims.

The mud isn’t only dirty…

it’s plagued with a herpes virus —

— that causes cancer.

The mud, and an absence of proper shoes…

— is one of the reasons why there are so many orphans

— in the village.

Sometimes barefoot isn’t an option.

Did you know that there are viruses in the soil, which damage children’s health?

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Celery | In A Village

There are a lot of wonderful vegetables —

— that grow in tropical environments —

that you don’t exactly expect to find there.

When good seeds are added to the blessings of natural environmental compatibility, one eventually learns that there are many types of food and nutrition that are not available in an area — which could be made available — if the people knew what they were, and how to produce them.

Hence, the term ‘introduced’.

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During a trip, far, far away from our usual dust —

I saw celery for sale in a grocery store.

Confused — it occurred to me —

If this food is here — someone grew it — here.  The celery had to be produced nearby.  Surely no one flew it in, for refrigeration is a challenge in the developing world, and water-intensive veggies don’t fair well without it.

That led me to the question, “Why don’t I see celery growing the village?”

During the rainy season, the conditions would have to be near perfect for this anti-cancer, immunity-boosting — anemia-annihilating vegetable — that needed to be grown —

— near the children — who can benefit fromit.

Celery has natural properties which fights both viruses, and influenza.

Not only that, celery seed is often sold — as a spice — in many world markets.  That said, in traditional Chinese medicine, or Ayurveda, celery, celery seed, and celery seed essential oils are used as treatments for both gastric ulcers, and influenza – as a massage oil, and aromatherapy, as well as ingested in soups, teas, and other meals.  If you are feeling under the weather, give this Skinny Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe (celery included) a try from Gimme Some Oven.  The children make a similar meal, even in the village.  

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We decided to attempt growing celery during the rainy season.

Nearly a year after the first initial planting experiment, one of our kind staff members chewed on a stick of celery, claiming the wonderful merits of this good and flavorful food that the people crave.  

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As soon as people in the village became familiar with the plant, which they could recognize by the leaves, they began to integrate it with their supper. “Oh!” Exclaimed on special widow, touching the leaves lovingly, “I just really like the flavor of the leaves, and the smell of it, when it’s cooking.”

We’ve found that the people crave the foods their bodies need to reverse their malnutrition.

If they crave it, they need it.  If they crave it, and can identify and produce it, then they can heal their bodies with it.

Inspired by the Pinterest ads for ‘Foods that Re-Grow‘ we picked up some whole celery on our next trip to the capital city.

Guess what?

They really regrow.  The children and staff huddled around our little experiment one afternoon, looking at the new chutes growing out of the old bulb.  We knew how to do this much now.  The same celery stalk could feed us again and again if we were careful with it.  It was a good feeling to see the new little shoots coming out of the plant without any further effort.

I did not know that it could be that easy.”  Stated one man, shaking his head, who looks out for many children in the village.

If you know of anyone working on projects in tropical areas — encourage them to pick up some celery seed for the rainy season.  It helps.  

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Blueberries | For A Village

Do you like blueberries?

Have you ever shared a steaming cup – of blueberry tea – with someone special?

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— and blushed from the sweet sharp taste of berry-ful goodness, without knowing why?

I’m talking true blue – real bluberries.

When I was very young, my dad used to like to make blueberry muffins on Saturday mornings.  I used to scoop the berries out of the bottom of the tin can of filling that came in the box.  I’ve always loved blueberries.

I also liked to eat blueberry pancakes, and syrup.

Blueberries are one of the fruits that I would love to bring to the village – but haven’t found a way to, yet.  The closest berries we have found a way to grow are strawberries, mulberries, and blackberries.

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It takes a very long time to get a blueberry seed to sprout, and they produce fruit quicker when you propogate the branches and roots.

I hope and pray to learn more about blueberries and post, soon.

Until then, the line from the EJ song “I guess that’s why the call it the blues…” mixes with LeAnn Rimes “Blue uu uue 0h so lonesome for youu…”  and this new little song that I really hold close to my heart – that reminds me of just about every special greeting, birthday and prayer card I’ve ever received.  “Little Letters”crosses in my mind as part of my berry soundtrack, while I’m looking for blueberry lessons, and tips.  I just haven’t gotten around to that yet – but I’m sure we’ll find great ones, and I remember a few as well.  Until then, enjoy this sweet Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.!

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So few fruits and veggies end up with such a vibrant color at the end of the rainbow as a blueberry.  Blueberries are that odd berry at the end of the rainbow that complete the indigo bridge of the spectrum.

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