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.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday's Foodie Facts

They were mustard greens.

They were...

And I LIKE greens. LOTS of greens. But still.....

I cleaned and rinsed. And rinsed and cleaned. And sanitized. And cleaned again. And then cooked 'em; or so I thought.


No amount of butter (I can't believe how much I tried to make these work) helped. Or salt. Or Balsamic Vinegar.

And they were STILL gritty.

This is what you get when you buy your greens off the dirt road downtown in Gracias Lempira.

Here's a picture of my veggie guy in the middle of the road; yes, I bought my fruits and veggies there.

Sorry about the quality of the picture. Several excuses - one, I'm not a very good photographer (understatement of the century), two, I was trying to NOT draw more than the normal gawking of attention to myself by whipping out my camera on a busy road, and three - well...I did almost get run over in the process. I think he was looking at me going - "CUIDADO GRINGA!!!!" You just can't take your eyes off the path for a moment.

Some days I just need to stick my fingers in my ears and go, "Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala!"

I didn't do a Simple Woman's post because the general feeling of life and work right now is; nothing is simple. :) I'll get over it and back on track in a while. In the mean time I'm begging my husband to post pictures and details of the various work projects and scary design and implementation he's been working on - of course he would have to be home for more than just sleep cycles to do this. I could post a bunch of the pictures but some of them just HAVE to have an explanation or they would leave you very worried. :)

However, I am one to tease on occasion so here you go...............

Story to follow. It's a good one.

'till later...



Beth said...

Hey Faith,
A friend of Trish's here...
I have friends in the states who can't get the grit out of collard greens either SOOOOO they wash them in the washing machine! Or they put 'em in a lingerie bag and throw them in the dishwasher. I'm pretty sure you don't have a dishwasher but the washing machine might work. And you're right, if you can't get the grit out they are way nasty.
Hope to meet you and yours when we come to see the Sowers again...maybe summer 2010?
PS I always pray for you all when I pray for the Sowers. : ]

Sandy said...

If it makes you feel any better, I don't like mustard greens either. I love collards and kale, but not mustard greens.

Quentin&Heather said...

Thanks for the follow up, and I'm very much looking forward to the story that goes with the photos.


The Hayes Zoo said...

Thanks for all the encouragement in the 'don't like them, Sam I am' arena. :)

Beth - Hmmm...washing machine?? I just don't know if it's worth it. :) Thank you for the prayers!

Sandy! HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How are ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather - I only WISH this had be spinach (that Portuguese word you used in the last post). I would be blissfully happy if I could find that. SOME people have said they've seen it but not me yet.

Jamie Jo said...

You actually like spinach? We made the mistake of growing it once, and it took over the garden and STILL comes back with no encouragement. You should try it.

So what did the winner of your contest get?