Last week, we had the wonderful privilege of hosting two boys from Uganda traveling with a children's choir which sang at our church!
I put a lot of thought into making their time with us enjoyable, it was a blessing to have them in our home! First of all, I wrote a couple of friends who had either been to Uganda or Africa and sought their advice on the type of food eaten there. As I prepared for them to arrive, I was so encouraged at how God brought ideas to my mind.
We received information that the children were accustomed to eating many different kinds of food, but I wanted to treat them to something they were familiar with and may not find much of in America. I haven't traveled out of the country much, but a familiar meal is always something I wanted by the time I came home!
Anna graciously sent me a recipe which I made for dinner and it was a BIG hit! One of our guests ate and ate and ate - it was such a joy to me to see that! And, my little ladies graciously ate every bite of their food without a single complaint or question that it was different!
Chapatis (I made half this recipe and it made 16 chapatis)
6 cups all purpose flour (may mix with whole wheat flour as you please)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
2 cups warm water (tap water is fine)
Mix all dry ingredients well. Add oil and water and mix thoroughly. Knead until easy to handle. Cover and let rise for at least 15 minutes. Roll out about 6 to 8 inch round tortillas, and fry in a little oil on both sides.
**Note: This video tutorial was extremely helpful!
2 cups dried pinto beans
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1/2 Tablespoon cumin
2 carrot sticks, sliced
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
Green pepper, chopped
1 8 oz. can tomato soup or sauce
Cook the beans until tender (I used this fast approach for preparing the beans). Fry onion in oil until transparent. Add to beans. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Cover pan loosely and simmer for 45 minutes or so until carrots are tender. Increase or decrease seasonings according to your taste.
Craig mentioned bananas and pineapple, so I worked that into breakfast making French Toast Kabobs inspired by a Martha Stewart Kids magazine. This went over very well too and was fun to eat. This was my first time cutting a pineapple and I appreciated this info on how to cut a pineapple.
Martin and Isaac shared the girls room - so, I wanted to add a few inviting touches in there:
While I was working on putting clean sheets on - I had the girls color pictures to put on each of their pillows:
Then, on the dresser - I put out a couple of Children's Bibles ~ they each spent a lot of time looking at these before bed and again in the morning!
On the chalkboard in our dining room, I drew their flag and wrote 'Welcome' in Lugandan along with their names - I saw Isaac smile when he saw it!
Now, I have to tell a funny story! After dinner, they really wanted to watch a movie - so David set out several for them to choose from. In the end, they went to the shelf and chose Cinderella! You can imagine that this made two little ladies very happy!!! I was in the kitchen cleaning up the dishes and loved hearing all of the laughter from out there! I thought how we may have a hard time understanding each others accents - but laughter is universal!
We enjoyed their concert at church and Emily and Rachel were so excited to see "their boys" and I cannot tell you how having them stay with us enhanced the experience all around. I can hardly wait to do it again!
We were not allowed to give gifts ~ but could make scrapbook pages, which I had waiting for them at their place for breakfast our last morning together!
After having them with us such a short time, I still missed them when they were gone! I am so grateful we had this opportunity!