I've been on this total kick recently after reading a book on Urban Homesteading. It's one of those books that talks about growing your own food, making your own cleaning products out of vinegar and baking soda, baking your own sourdough bread, energy efficiency, and the list goes on.
i LOVE it.
Part of it makes me so eager to return to the States where this sort of stuff is, well, pretty uncommon. Revolutionary, as some say. The ironic thing is that so much of it is just the way life is here in Prey Veng. If we want bread (or pickles or salsa or hummus and the list goes on) we have to make it from scratch. Yes, we could always lug home more things from Phnom Penh's grocery stories. But there is something so enjoyable about rooting through the Prey Veng market to come up with an entire Mexican meal. Or enjoying homemade bagels with homemade cream-cheese (just hang out some yogurt to drip) on a Saturday morning. Plus, this kind of stuff actually fits in our budget.
So while a piece of me wishes to have our own little "homestead" back who-knows-where in the States, I am quickly reminded that what has become a bit of a trend at home is just...the way life is...here in Cambodia. There is so much to learn from this stage of our life!
And freshly baked sourdough bread made from wild Prey Veng yeast is SO unbelievably delicious!