Sunday, July 15, 2012

Homemade Hummus

Every recipe I could find for hummus calls for sesame butter (tahini).   Of course I do not have any of that--nor had I ever heard of it.  But I wanted hummus today so I adapted the recipe and I think it turned out pretty delicious if I do say so myself and exponentially cheaper!

Here's the recipe:
1 Can Chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/2 Cup Chickpea Water (from can)
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Garlic Cloves
1 tsp cumin
1-2 medium roasted red pepper(s)

Grind it all up in the food processor and enjoy with veggies, sandwiches, wraps, or pita chips! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Recipe for Humintas!

This is one of my favorite things to eat in Bolivia!  They're kind of like a tamale, but sweeter and no meat.  I've adapted the recipe from

Humintas a la Olla


4 cups fresh ground corn
1 cup butter

1 cup boiling water

1 spoonful salt

2 spoonfuls sugar

5 fresh cheese (fresh mozzarella will work too)
Enough husk to make 8 large humintas or 16 small ones

1.Melt butter and add it to the four cups of ground corn. Mix quickly and add sugar and salt, always stirring.

2.Take two husks, join them by the wide parts. In the middle place one or two spoonfuls of the corn mixture with a slice of cheese. Close them by doubling first the husk on top and later the one at the bottom and finally the sides. Tie them using a string made of husks. Do the same with all.

3.In a large casserole put two rows of corn cobs (or metal rack to keep humintas from being completely immersed) covered with some husks. Add boiling water until covering the first row of cobs. Place the humintas on top and cover them again with husks. Let them cook over medium heat for forty-five minutes.

To know for sure when humintas are ready, cook a potato with them. When the potato is cooked, humintas also will be ready. Serve them hot.

Serves 8--or one! ;)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Potosi 2012

I just realized that I hadn't put up pictures yet! Silly me... Here's a brief summary of some of the things we did. My computer won't cooperate for any more so this will have to do for now. Check out facebook for many more...

Nativity story!

We spent a LOT of time in Johnnys bus. But we were grateful for a safe place to sleep and an easier way to haul all of our luggage, donations and supplies.

One of the villages in Potosi.

Frutillar orphanage Family.

Happy with their new toys. At an orphanage in Cochabamba. Franz and Maria.

We were overwhelmed and oh so encouraged to be messengers of hundreds of pounds of donations from generous supporters!


Night in Cocha

One of the few bathrooms we came across.

Outskirts of Cochabamba

llamas and their byproducts.

What practical animals...

Today I made a llama--although it kind of resembles a sheep... ah well. I like llamas and sheep so I really don't mind! This is in anticipation for the Llama Leap next month!

I've also been making baby booties! These are fun gifts--well to give at least! :)