How well do I eat or when am I not full?
While in the homestay Nery's goal is to fatten me up.I am way to skinny and in her words I need to be "mas gordo."I appreciate the sentiment, but MAN I can't eat that much.It is like going to Grandma's house x1000.I sit at this table and Nery always serves me, but no one else.She puts my food on the pretty plates or in the pretty cups.Typically I have like three full plates of food in front of me, while she fills a small bowl with food to eat for herself, and I'm like "how am I going to eat all this?".I succeed most of the time, but can't help thinking that something is wrong with this picture.Also, she always hands me a fork and knife to eat with while everyone else eats with a spoon.For awhile I thought this was because they only had one fork and knife (as another family in the program truly does), but no, they have a lot of forks and knives.Who knows.I appreciate her taking care of me.
We've established that they feed me a tremendous amount of food, but what exactly do I eat?My favorite meal is breakfast where we have gallos pinto (rice, beans, seasonings), sweet fried plantains, fresh fruit (mango is to die for because it is in season right now, whoa!So good.), coffee, and some sort of bread.Yum, yum, yum.Dinners and lunches always have rice and beans and then some sort of veggie dish mixed all together or meat and veggies cooked in a chicken broth (full of lots of starchy veggies, yum).I love the veggies in broth because they are cooked to be so tender and taste so good.Oooh, it is also very common to mix egg with rice, which is yummy.Avocado is also another staple.
So, that is what is good, but what is weird?One night Nery goes to dish me some strawberry Jell-O and then she pulls out the powdered milk.I think nothing of it until she sprinkles almost the whole jar on my Jell-O. Good, but awkward texture for sure.They also like to serve ice cream with Jell-O.