The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Foody Friday...

Let's see if I can tempt you to come and visit me with some of the food items we have here.

See the pineapples???????????????????????????????????? This is the plant!! Right now they are still coming on and we can get them for around 50 cents USD. Did you know it takes two years to grow a pineapple??? This makes me feel a tad guilty every time our family eats ONE in a sitting. Hmmm...

Then there are the banannas. Did you know that banannas grow upside down?? This is Riley (obviously) holding it the way it would be on the tree. It was a tad heavy for him to hang onto and not drop. This BUNCH, con tallo, cost me about $2.50 USD - they are starting to ripen ever so slowly so I'm putting bananas in the freezer a bit ahead of when we need them for smoothies. Perfect. Although in about 2 days I'm going to have a TON ready. Banana bread will be a food group for a while. Have I mentioned how thankful I am for my freezer lately?????????

This is a picture of a woman finishing off a batch of tamales. She was just pulling them out of the pot as Alan got the picture. They use the adobe mud stoves to do these, filling them with firewood and getting it hot enough - then the ashes are raked out and the pots put in for the residual heat to do the baking. Honduran tamales are much different from the ones in Mexico - mainly in that they are HUGE, wrapped and cooked in Banana Leaves, and the consistency is more like a corn pudding verses the drier Mexican ones. These were made for us by a church family that we were visiting a few weeks ago. Fascinating.

Now, we have a new fruit that is starting to pop up in the markets. Star fruit. I missed the name she gave me as it was a particularly busy (loud) day in there. Plus, I wasn't planning on buying them. I didn't even see them actually - she just handed me a bag and told me to try them. FABULOUS. Actually it's a bit like sucking on an underripe lemon (you know the face!) but you add banana and homemade yogurt to round out that tartness and it's wonderful!

I had a fun and instructional video to upload but I'm thinking the hour and a half it's taking to TRY to upload is not a good sign. I'm going to post this while it's still Friday and see if I can figure out the video portion for next week.

Buen Provecha!



Olancho Bound Gringa said...

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.....everything looks so yummy! No, I didn't know about the pineapples or the bananas. Learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Love it

TexasHeather said...

too fun! A few tidbits of info:
-coconut also takes a long time (9 mos for the green ones you drink; 2 yrs for the mature ones you eat)
-star fruit = carambola in Portuguese; similar in Spanish I think
-star fruit is good in a pasta salad w/other fruit & veggies, and an oil/vinegar/sugar dressing. YUM.
-thanks for the banana/yogurt idea, too!

Missus Wookie said...

I have friends of a friend who have just left Guadaloupe to return to England.

Who have lots of photos of the food they saw growing and tried eating. All in French not Spanish but still fascinating. They have LOTS of different types of banana too.

We loved seeing pineapples growing in the Botanical Gardens in DC and were impressed with the 2 years.