I love that I have traveled to so many different countries and eaten so many different dishes. I love food, I love making food, and I love eating food.
But what happens when you’re pregnant in one country and craving food from another? Say, for example, off the top of my head, a spicy chicken sandwich from Chick Fil A?
In cases like these, Google is your friend. We made our own (it wasn’t the same, but it hit the spot.)
Thankfully, I haven’t craved too many Stateside things, but I have been craving any and all Paraguayan food. Convenient! I live in Paraguay!
Last night, while Brian was at our church’s youth group, I all of a sudden needed, NEEDED, “empanadas de mandioca.” Translated, that would be empanada made with yucca root flour. Granted, it doesn’t sound that appetizing in English, but they are crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and absolutely delicious. I wrote a quick Facebook status asking where I could find some thinking that I would be able to track them down the next day. Mandioca empanadas are a bit more difficult to make and not always as accessible as regular flour empanadas. BUT we are in the month of June which is when Paraguayans eat a lot of traditional food, ie. the mandioca empanada.
Minutes after posting about my little craving on Facebook, my phone begin to beep and ring. I was told where I could buy them, and did I need a ride to go get some? One woman offered to send her husband out to buy me my empanadas. This pregnant lady felt the love! My husband came to the rescue bringing home three, very hot, freshly made, crispy empanadas stuffed with delicious meat, in a little greasy brown bag.
So, tonight I’m thankful for empanadas, and so thankful to be surrounded by a community of people who are willing to send their husbands out into the cold Paraguayan winter night (on a motorcycle no less!) to get me my latest craving.
And now I’m thinking that a big bowl of Bori Bori Soup would really hit the spot…