During the rickshaw tour, we stopped to visit with a family who has opened their home for visitors.
The family we visited is a husband and wife. Their only child, a daughter, has moved out. They are the 5th generation to live in this home. As we walked into their frontroom, we noticed incense burning by a statue of Buddah.
The frontroom had stools for visitors.
Just off the front room was the bedroom. There is no toilet in the house. They use the community squatter. However, this family has a room where they can wash and shower. They are very excited about that!
We asked her questions, through our interpreter, Oscar. After several minutes of visiting, we asked if she had any questions for us. She had only one, "Why don't you cook more vegetables!" I guess she doesn't consider fries and ketchup vegetables! So, in memory of and respect for our gracious hostess, (she's the one in pink) I have a recipe for you:
Ranch Salad with Roasted Vegetables
6 red potatoes, washed and cubed
4 long carrots, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices
1/4 red onion sliced in thin wedges
1 T. olive oil
Place on large cookie sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt and pepper or seasoning salt. Bake 350 degrees until fork tender.
I didn't want to heat up my oven or kitchen, even though it didn't bother me to bake cookies the night before, so I put the vegetables on aluminum foil, sprinkled with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, folded over the foil and placed on the gas grill outside. But first I had to remove a 2 week old hamburger patty from the grill.
Being the carnivores that we are, I threw on some hot dogs too! (Might as well please the whole family)
While the vegetables are cooking, tear romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Toss with
ranch dressing and place in individual bowls. You can add other vegetables to your lettuce; radishes, tomatoes, etc.
Spoon hot, tender, vegetables over lettuce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or grated cheese.
The warm vegetables make this a hearty salad that will fill you up. The hotdogs in buns, smothered with ketchup, mustard and relish also helped make it a filling meal! (And she thinks we don't eat vegetables! Bah!)