Tag: Ecuadorian

Tree Tomato Ají Sauce

Tree tomato aji hot sauce / Ají de tomate de árbol

 

Yield: ~1 1/2 cups of tree tomato aji

Tamarillo or tree tomato aji hot sauce is a very tasty hot sauce made from tree tomatoes or tamarillos, hot peppers, onion, cilantro and lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 tree tomatoes, fresh or frozen if you can not find tree tomatoes you can use Tamarillo
  • 2 ajies or hot peppers (serranos or red chilies are good options, habaneros if you are brave)
  • 2 tbs finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbs lime or lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

First: If using fresh tree tomatoes peel them, boil them for about 5 minutes to make it easier to peel them.

If using frozen tree tomatoes, defrost them over night in the fridge, then cut them in half and scoop out all the insides.

Then: Blend the tree tomatoes with the hot peppers (seeded and deveined if you want it mild, you can always save a few seeds and add them in if it’s too mild).

Then: Transfer the blended mix of tree tomatoes and hot peppers to a small sauce pan, add the water (you can add more if you want a more liquid sauce) and cook on medium heat for about 5-8 minutes. You can also omit the cooking part, the sauce will be fresher, but will need to be consumed faster.

Then: Add the onion, lime juice, cilantro and salt to taste.

Enjoy! Serve warm or cold.

Notes

Replace water with oil (avocado, light olive oil, or a mild flavored oil) for a creamier Cuencano style aji (do not cook it after blending).

With love, 1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCEThe Downings

Together Tuesday: Meet The Torgesons

A shared love of serving in missions brought Jason and Abby together a few years ago when their persistent matchmaking friend Harry Nachtigall, a North American serving the Church of God in Costa Rica, introduced them from afar.C6FF4598-C9BA-4F4A-9E63-0636E3A87D76Abby and Jason are excited to have the opportunity to work and raise their son Josiah in the region that has played such a critical role in their individual calls to missions as well as in the formation of their relationship.

We encourage you to click here and read more about the Torgesons and their ministry.

With much love, E485775C-AFF2-40F9-B51B-573DD3A6D020The Downings

To meet the Kurrles click here to meet the Hunnicutts click here, to meet the Ayalas click here, to meet the Millers click here, to meet the Jones click here, and to meet the Todds please click here. 

Cultural Insight: Pan de Yuca

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Pan de yuca or cheese bread (this recipe is taken from a forthcoming cookbook from Our Mission Path)

Produces 20-25 small yuca breads

Some food is attached to good memories.  This was a favorite of Timothy 2 when he discovered it on his first mission trip to Ecuador.  Pan de yuca, also known as Ecuadorian cheese bread is a treat the whole family can enjoy.  Seven out of seven Downings recommend.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups yuca flour (starch)
  • 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese (white cheese)

Instructions

First.  Combine the yuca starch or flour, cheese, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

Then.  Add the butter and eggs

Then.  Mix until small dough balls begin to form, if it’s too dry add 1-2 tbs of water or heavy whipping cream.

Then.  Lightly flour a work space and turn out the dough.  Knead the dough until it is smooth, even textured and not sticky.

Then.  Pre-heat the oven to 500 F.

Then.  Make small round shaped breads with the dough and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Then.  Bake. Once the oven reaches 500F, turn on broiler, place the dough on the middle rack and bake until the breads are golden, (5-10) minutes.

Enjoy.  Best served warm.

With much love,C7277E17-6D98-457E-AFCC-1E3289BD0CA8 The Downings

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Throwback To a Last Time

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We fondly remember the last time that we saw Uncle Logan and Aunt Hazel. During our time of transition from language training in Coastal Rica to arriving in Ecuador we spent a month in the U.S. We ran around fundraising, gathering fresh documents that we would need for our residency in Ecuador, and purchasing a few items that are not available in Ecuador. We also had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. We are grateful that Uncle Logan and Aunt Hazel made time to spend an afternoon with us. We did not know it at the time but this would be the last time we would see them on this side of Heaven. Both have passed away over the past three months. We regret that we could not physically attend the remembrance service for either, but we certainly mourned from afar. It has been said that a missionary leaves their family for a short time so that other people can be with their families for an Eternity. Eternity is the key. We know that we are all passing through this life. We should enjoy, help, love, and live life to the fullest but our hope goes beyond this life into Eternity. 

With much love,

The Downings

 

Christmas Devotions: The Voice

A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.
~The Apostle John, John 1:6-13

A deep Christian thinker once said: “preach the Gospel always, use words when necessary.” I am sure the intention of this thinker was Continue reading “Christmas Devotions: The Voice”

Another Exciting Announcement!

32% Keep the momentum going!

Last week our family celebrated what seemed to us to be an impossible achievement.  We had reached 25% of our Living Link partnership budget.  To put this into perspective we had spoken at various churches since Last Easter every Sunday, (with the exception of four), in order to reach 25% of our budget.  Today we are ecstatic to announce another major milestone in our effort to serve Christ in Ecuador.  But first some significant statistics with a common number, a clue to our big announcement.

32% of the world’s population are Christians.

32% of Americans think that the rise of Isis signals the end times.

32% of Muslims living in the UK believe it is righteous to kill in the name of Islam.

32% of American households hold to a budget.

32% of Americans are nonreligious.

32% of Ecuadorian women living in the USA are single mothers.

32% of Ecuadorians make their living farming.

And we are now at 32% of our Living Link partnership budget!

Why is this such big news for us?  For several reasons.  When we reached 25% of our budget the long held dream of serving Christ in Ecuador began to materialize.  Now that we are at 32% we are beginning to make lists of possessions we need to liquidate before we leave.   (Anyone want to buy an old house or old pickup truck?)  Another reason for our exuberance has to do with benchmarks.  As a Church of God missionary, we are given benchmarks to meet as we raise our funds.  Our first benchmark is coming up early next year.  We are within striking distance of meeting our looming February benchmark of raising 50% of our budget.  We are excited about where we are but we desperately need your help to get to where we need to be.  Have you considered partnering with us?  How about an end of the year gift?  Together we can serve Christ both here and to the “ends of the earth!”

A quick and easy way to partner with us is to visit the Church of God missions website by clicking here.  Another way to partner with us is by calling Debbie Taylor at 1-800-848-2464 ext. 2185, she will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Thank you and God bless,

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The Downings