I am the queen of cool ideas. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I have been known to come up with some good ones, with lots of excitment and passion to go along with them. One of my biggest problems, though, is failure to follow through. I have studied enough about personalities to know this is a textbook problem of the otter, sanguine, ENFJ, Type seven on the enneagram...or any other test I've taken over the years to try to figure myself out. Sometimes, my "firstbornness" wins and my great idea is carried out to completion. However, unfortunately, much of the time it fails to materialize or, more accurately, it materializes as a mist--here for a minute, and then gone. Well, I am proud to say, one of my latest good ideas has been going somewhat strong for over a month now :)
In my personal journey towards....Jesus? Health? Whole living? ALL OF THE ABOVE....I came up with the idea to have either an ethnic or "simple" meal once a week. I have a great cookbook put out by Mennonite Central Committee called Extending the Table that has tons of great meals from all over the world. I thought I could take recipes from this cookbook as well as make more soup and homemade bread and with this regular mealplan, we as a family could learn to appreciate our food more and different cultures around the world as well. So far, I would say the idea has gone really well. When you're weekly introducing ethnic food and/or soup to three young boys, I wasn't sure what kind of mutiny would ensue. Luckily, I have been mostly pleasantly surprised. Thus far, our menues have consisted of:
Locros (from Paraguay)
Everyday Rice and Lentils with Chapatis (from India)-pictured
17 bean soup (from Trader Joes :) )
and coming this week...
Peanut soup (recommended by our friend, an MK from Bolivia)
Kind of cool, huh? If you like unique cooking or are trying to teach your kids (or yourself!) about other cultures, this is a GREAT book. Actually, MCC has now put out three cookbooks, all with a different theme, and I love them all! More-With-Less was their first, then came Extending the Table, and in '05 they came out with Simply in Season. Because I've been working so hard, and at my hubbies prompting, I'm treating myself to More-With-Less to complete the triad so I can stop checking it out at the library. I can't wait. Anyway, you have permission to ask me if the new tradition is still going on in another month or two, but right now, I'm really pleased with the progress we've made thus far! I encourage anyone interested to try it for themselves...and pass on to me any great recipes they find.