I have been cooking a lot lately since we had three hungry guys volunteering at our project I was, and still am, spending most of my time in the kitchen. Between chopping onions and making sure Joel didn’t get into breakable things I had some time to think.
There are a lot of the same food items here in Chad that we have in the States. Onions, peppers, parsley, dill, celery, etc… Granted you can’t find them here when you always want them because things are very seasonal, but throughout the year we can find similar food items as we find in the States.
Although the foods are similar they are definitely not the same. They are much smaller here is Chad… Three onions fit comfortable in my hand. Four peppers equal one pepper in the States. Garlic is so small I am tempted to hire someone to peel it every time I use it… Bananas are a perfect snack for Joel. Lemons, when squeezed, are equal to about a tablespoon of juice. These are just a few examples.
So, you can imagine, as I read my American cookbook when it says, “add one onion” I chuckle to myself and add three. When my cookbook says, “add a clove of garlic” I cringe and am happy I brought my garlic powder from the States.
I wonder why a lot of the food is smaller than what I am used to seeing. I know, I know, GMO’s or something and maybe that’s true, but I really, think it has a lot to do with the climate. But believe me, I am not a gardener so you can disagree with me if you want. Well, on a side note I just started a garden and I must say it is looking really good. I have even got compliments on my green onions.
Growth needs a good climate to keep growing. From a spiritual perspective I think the same principle holds true. I think Godly friends and prayer and devotions help make that perfect climate for growth. I will be honest though, it is very hard as a mom with a baby to get a long time of personal devotions with God. David and I get through morning worship and that might be all the bible I read for the day. I didn’t realize how much free time I had before we had Joel. But now I really try to capitalize on praying while I work.
I have Muslim prayer rugs in my house because they look nice and there aren’t a whole lot of other options for rugs in this country. One of the rugs is in my kitchen. Before, I just put it down for the function solely of a rug; now it actually reminds me to pray to God. I have prayed a lot more recently because of it, and who knew, that that little change actually has helped me to grow.
So now I cut my tiny vegetables and pray on my rug throughout the day.