I can’t believe it’s already a year since our family visited India as urban homestead ambassadors. It was truly an amazing trip, made even more special by the fact that we got to stay with wonderful families. (read our India adventures)
On Sunday, one of the families we stayed with in Udaipur was visiting relatives here in So Cal and we were able to return the hospitality. Unfortunately, we couldn’t give them the wonderful Cal sunshine as it was dreary and rainy all day.
We were surprised by Manish Jain’s phone call informing us that his family and in-laws were in town and would like to visit us. Not expecting visitors ( and SEVEN to be exact) and, with such short notice, I panicked! Oh dear, there’s no food in the house! Well, there is food, just not prepared.
Lucky for us, we had some fresh food and fruit on hand. Farmer Sergio had brought us boxes of jujubes and so we whipped up a jujube rice pudding that was delicious and received good reviews from our visitors. Pulling from the pantry, I brought out some of the jalapeno jelly to slather on crackers. That jalapeno jelly knocked their socks off!
I was worried, knowing how much food and hospitality mean (aka Monsoon Wedding) in their culture. Happy to report, we pulled off a pretty decent spread in the nick of time.
Over food, the conversation was lively and sometimes serious. We caught up on the latest Bollywood movies,especially the one (Peepli Live) which deals with the horrific epidemic “farmer suicides” (thanks to the likes of Monsanto) and the anti GMO protests. Also, brought up was the new “Feed the Future Initiative” – a partnership between the US Government, Monsanto and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Have you ever been surprised by drop-in visitors?
What’s your favorite “go-to” dish or food?