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Sunday, January 6, 2008

ethiopian food

I am really starting to enjoy Ethiopian food. We have eaten at two Ethiopian restaurants, and had the privilege to enjoy two home-cooked meals. Both of the home-cooked meals have been amazing! A few basics on Ethiopian food for those that haven't been able to sample it yet:)

Injera is a spongy, tart flatbread that Ethiopians use at each meal. You do not eat with utensils, but use injera to pick up the food and eat with your fingers. Ethiopian food is also very spicy. They use a special spice blend called berere in much of the food- it gives the food a red color. Vegetables and meat dishes are both very common. Ok, I said it was basic- you should really just go try some for yourself.

This first picture is from our DFW area/Ethiopian adoption/get-together! We really should get a name for our group, the clever folks in Southern Cal are OCEAN. (Orange County Ethiopian Adoption Network) so lets get creative. :) This group has been a blessing, and we look forward to more gatherings in the future. (January 18th, our house) This is the Newsome's, Funderburk's and Fournet's- we all can't wait to rejoice with one another over referrals and homecomings.

We also had the wonderful opportunity to join one of Moody's patients families for a Christmas celebration today. The Ethiopian Christmas is tomorrow. The food was incredible, and they all made us feel like part of the large family. Everyone was so hospitable and gracious. We look forward to getting to know them all better in the future.

If you look closely at the table, you will see a plate of pizza rolls:) The girls haven't acquired a taste for Ethiopian food yet!


Shawn and Jami said...

So thankful for all of you in the metroplex that we can connect and share life with on a regular basis. We definitely need a fun name for the group. Thanks for posting the pic:) Praying for that phone to ring!

Lori said...

Yay!! A post! I'm checking on here several times a day!!! What a wonderful chance you've had to get together with other folks in your area - how long do you think it would take to get to TX fro NH?? Over an hour?? It may be worth the trek!! MP and I really need to try the food again - I liked it, and can really see how it grows on people. So, I'll mark the 18th on my calendar, please set two more places! :)

Holli said...

That is so amazing! To have a group to support you and know what you are going through and also for friends who can teach you about the Ethiopian Culture and be an extended family. I love reading your blog and hoping/praying for a referral for you soon!
We are living in England for my husband job assignment for 3-5 years one year gone but we want to stay as long as we can- we love it here!
God bless.

Annette said...

Yum-O! Looks delicious! Glad you had a wonderful time. Good to see you this weekend and catch up a little. :)

Melissa said...

Merry Ethiopian Christmas sweet babies! So glad you've gotten to get together with these families!

The Hausams said...
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The Hausams said...

(Let's try this again. I deleted my last comment because my typing was atrocious!)

I'm with Lori. I was just about to post, "OK, where are you, Emily? No disappearing on us!" I'm glad you came up for air. Getting worried there.

Yea! I'm thrilled that you guys are enjoying an edifying group of other adoptive families. We just had dinner last night with another family here, and I'm so grateful for the fellowship and support. It makes a world of difference. I wish we lived a short drive away so we could get together occasionally, too!

Some name ideas:
Texas Ethiopian Adopted Kids (TEAK)
Network for Ethiopian Adoption in Texas (NEAT)
Dallas Ethiopian Adoption Ring (DEAR)
Or my fave: Families Rich in Ethiopian Adopted Kids (FREAK!)

Missed you!
:P xo

Lori said...

I just have to say something regarding Laurie's comment!! FABU! Great options, I too like the last one the best!! Not, really, but it is hysterical!

Ellen said...


Gurske Adoption said...

There is something about Ethiopian food that just makes you feel at home. Great post!

Jenny said...

I am glad you posted as I enjoy reading your blog. You inspired me to look up some Filipino recipes. I am thinking that I will definitely be fixing up a plate of pizza roles to go along with the meal. I wish I could blame it on the kids...if only I weren't such a picky eater. :)

S. said...

Beautiful pictures! I love learning about Vietnamese food--it is such a wonderful way to incorporate your kids' birth country's culture into your family. When we were considering Ethiopia I read a lot of recipes--never was brave enough to try injera though. It all sounds yummy.

And very cool you have families in your area to share the journey with--I wish we did!

Erica said...

Oh how FUN! I SO wish we lived closer! :( Thank you for not being mad at my picture swiping. LOL! I'm properly linking you now too. ;) I so can't wait to take my own picture like that! I LOVE it! Its the perfect example of how our hearts are intertwined. LOVE it!

Katy said...

Do cupcakes go with Ethiopian food?

TedTracie said...

I am so jealous!!!
I want to be there!

Has anyone ever told you that you and Moody look a like? It's those great smiles.... :-)

Talk to you soon

Natalie Fournet said...

I love the fun names...and we should get together and do some cooking. Maybe have a friend in that can teach us and give us a cooking lesson? Natalie

Christine said...

The food looks yummy! Are you from Ca? Just wondering becaus eyou mentioned (ocean.) I am in central Ca.

We are also adopting a little boy from Ukraine.

Amber said...

I found your blog online. We are adopting from Ethiopia and we live in the Dallas area. Am I reading that you are part of a suuport group? Tell me more....

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