The people here have multiple generations living in each home. There are some homes here in town and the majority are out on dirt roads. Every home is heated with wood stoves, so wood is very important. We have had the opportunity to go wood cutting with a family who generally sells the wood but if there is a family in the branch who needs it the missionaries will get some of that wood and deliver it to the ones in need. This is critical for the old folks. The main food at each meal is fry bread and tortillas, with a combination of some meat and potatoes or beans and everything has red or green chilies on it. Our friend showed us how to make the fry bread and tortillas and gave us wonderful meals from it. The fry bread and tortillas are made from the same recipe, only the fry bread is fried with lard (!) and the tortillas are heated and cooked on a very hot cast iron flat pan. (But not fried) The recipe is basically:
Fry Bread / Tortillas
3-5 cups white flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
I haven't had the cooking experience yet, but we are going to buy the tortilla pan and I will be an expert by the time we come back.
I even cooked dry beans and put them in my taco soup last week.
Speaking of food, we had potluck Sunday on the 24th of Feb. We had a great turnout! A few even waited in the parking lot until church was over and then came in to eat with us and their families.
Everyone loves to eat cookies! Alot of times when we visit homes we will try to take treats. That is what the senior missionaries are all about! We are given names of less active families and we go for a visit. We try to help in whatever way they need us to help. Sometimes it is to fix something, sometimes it is to give them a ride somewhere. Sometimes we read the scriptures with them, but usually for the elderly it is to visit and talk and we always try to have a prayer with them.
More to come!