A five week menu

by mendibpng

We have been going back and forth from our national training center (Ukarumpa) to our village (Arop) since 2002, but this is the first time we will be traveling there with five children…specifically with TWO babies.

One of the things I do to get ready for the village is prepare food.  We live amongst subsistance farmers so they don’t have enough food to support us and themselves.  This means that we need to bring our own food in.  Since we don’t have refrigeration, we dehydrate meat, beans, veggies and fruit to take with us.  Other supplies, like flour and rice, we either get from Wewak or Aitape (closer to the village but currently without any groceries).  This village stay will be five weeks, so we’re figuring out how much food, toiletries, school supplies, etc., we need for that time.  So for the next couple of days, my thoughts are full of questions like, “Did I put the baking powder on the list?”  and “how many times will I make bread/tortillas  in a week?” (pictured right is me a few years ago drying ground beef/mince)

I can’t close my first blog posting without adding pictures of my kids.

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