Mahandro miaraka amin’ny Sarah sy Lance aho=Tsara be!

This past Sunday, we were given the task to cook for our homestay families using their methods of cooking. We could cook anything we wanted, but vary and tsaramaso were required. The groups were decided by location of our houses, so naturally, Lance, Sarah, and I were assigned to cook with each other.

Not going lie, I thought it was going to be a trainwreck. Cooking in the States is difficult enough, but cooking over a fire…unimagineable. Optimism though. Sarah and I quickly got in our heads that we wanted to cook Mexican food and I really wanted to try this tortilla recipe I found in the cookbook PC gave us the second day in country.

Success!!!!! No food was burned, everything turned out perfectly. Cooking here takes FOREVER, and we were given 4 hours to buy ingredients and cook. We finished in 2.5. We must be mahay at cooking. :). There really is no perfect English translation for mahay the best I can say is it is to be expert/very knowledgeable. It has become very common though for us to mix Malagasy words into English sentences if we feel English just doesn’t do it justice. “You’re mahay at that” has officially become our favorite saying here in my little possie I guess you can call it. Sarah started it. :)

And thanks to the easy and yet delicious recipe for tortillas, I will be cooking them everyday at site. Yummy!

Enjoy the cooking pics below and this blog is officially vita.





Sarah’s mommy…hi! I heard you enjoyed my previous blogs. Thanks for reading! And like Sarah told you, beware that everything that can go wrong goes wrong for me.


4 thoughts on “Mahandro miaraka amin’ny Sarah sy Lance aho=Tsara be!

  1. Jack and Linda Nielsen says:

    Loved the pics and I am sure you three did a terrific job. It’s always difficult cooking for anyone, but in a culture you’re new too, I can only imagine how challenging it was. You did great! I’m very proud of you and you should be too. Love you. Mom and dad

  2. Kimmie Lough says:

    That looked like so much fun…I’m so happy for you that you ate learning all these new things and are learning to cook…which will help you once you are out of you host families home. Great pics I love seeing all the things you are doing. Have fun and stay safe.

  3. Donna says:

    Hi Christina, I do love your blog! Thanks for posting pictures and updating, especially since Sarah can’t. Sarah’s mom

  4. Steve and LeAnn Moore says:

    How exciting and challenging as well. Looks like you had fun and knew exactly how to accomplish the cooking tasks. We are all so proud of you Christina for following your dreams. Really does our heart good to see the pictures posted. You look great….seem happy, and enjoying life. Have fun, and be safe…we love you dearly. Uncle Steve, Aunt LeAnn, Brandon, Lauren, and MawMaw.

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