Tortillas

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups flour(Plus about ¼ cup for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water

SUPPLIES

  • Mixing Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

 

I’m one of those people who loves to cook. But I also love easy. Due to my Latin heritage tortilla dough seems to be in my fridge a lot. Tortillas are great because they are so convenient and easy to make .

 

  1. Mix the dry ingredients and then mix in the vegetable oil and the water until there are no clumps.
  2. Grab a bit and roll it into a ball. On floured surface flatten ball with the palm of your hand on both sides and begin to roll. (if the dough sticks to the rolling pin, mix more flour into the mixture) Flip and roll repeatedly until the tortilla is flat without ripping. (thickness is a preference)
  3. Put a skillet on medium heat and slap the tortilla on it and flip until done. Usually it takes no longer than a couple of minutes.
  4. Presto!!! You now have a yummy tortilla. All of the dough can either be cooked or stored in a Ziploc bag in the fridge for later use.

Boston Orientation (It’s actually Watertown)

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My fellow housemate Ashley, semates. We took a tour of Boston which was absolutely incredible. We had meals cooked for us by several different and awesome people. We hosted a dinner with several Board Members who all brought yummy food. We had all of our questions answered which was relieving. The food challenge was further explained to us as well as what we would be doing on our various sitesand I took a car, 4 trains, and a bus to get to our apartment in Watertown. I stupidly decided to pull an all-nighter beforehand and regretted it as soon as the car took off at 4 a.m. We arrived at our apartment and IMG_2049After lazily unpacking and talking for a little while our other housemate Taylor pulled up. We went downstairs to help her unload her car and made it to the front door only to realize all four keys to the apartment were locked inside. Luckily our site coordinators apartment was right around the corner. Unluckily it was also up a hill. There we waited until the landlord came by to let us in. We took the time to get to know each other and our site coordinator, Catherine, asked us a lot of questions about ourselves which helped me get to know a lot about my hou

The Food Challenge

So heres the deal with the first food challenge. Until February 1st we are only supposed to eat locally. That means local flour in bread, locally sourced fruits and veggies, for my housemates it means their beers have to not only be brewed locally but the hops have to be grown locally. It means we have to can and freeze a lot of produce in order to have something to eat during the winter. It’s a lot of blanching and boiling.

Exceptions!

We get to choose 4 exceptions as a group and share in each others. We have chosen quinoa, mushrooms, tofu, and nuts. Other exceptions include lemon for canning so we don’t get botulism and die, yeast, baking soda etc… Another exception is if someone makes something for us or buys something special for us we are free to eat it. After all “nothing should go to waste so better let it go to my waist.”

What is Local?

Local is anything in the New England area plus New York. That includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and of course New York.

Missing Food

So far my most missed foods are

-Avocados, Avocados, Avocados and more AVOCADOS!!!

Stony Point Orientation

As soon as i arrived at  the Stony Point Center I knew this year was going to be a huge change. I don’t know why but i assumed this week would be a lot like summer camp. I would meet a lot of people who were similar to me and we’d sing songs and do a big mission project. The only difference would be that our mission project would last an entire year…….. I tossed my luggage and back pack into my room and was confident that i would go out and meet people. I very quickly found that i had very little in common with the people there. I heard the words “grad school” far too often and it was a little intimidating. I remember thinking that this week was going to feel like a lifetime. Day after day we had bible study, small group, a speaker and worship. Day after day I began to enjoy my time there more and more.  I met so many influential people in the ever-growing field of social justice. Towards the end of my week I began to realize how beautiful a place it is. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for the short time I was able to spend there. It truly was a phenomenal experience.

Since orientation i have forgotten the order in which the speaker gave their presentations. There was a lot of talk about the responsibility of people with privilege.  (such as the privilege of everyone taking a year off to be a YAV) We talked about the position a lot of people who have served time behind bars and now must live a life restricted. We spoke about race and the many difficulties of living a life defined by race. We spoke about Labor Unions which is a topic I’m very passionate about. Here’s a shout out to my dad, a previous Union Representative of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters!!! There was a lot packed into a week and even more to process afterward.

Ready for Boston!!!

Im new at this blogging stuff so wish me luck.

I have recently been placed to serve my YAV year at the Burlington site where I will be helping the church, serving at the local food pantry and assisting with the community garden. Since my placement everything seems to be going 100 miles an hour. Fundraising has just begun and it seems the generosity of my friends and family has no boundaries. I’m so thankful for everyone’s support and honored to have the opportunity to serve in this way.