A white (faranje) adoptive mother to two Ethiopian (habesha) girls wends her way through
Exotic Ethiopian Cooking by D. J. Mesfin

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Little Break for Easter

I haven't forgotten my mission here; it's just been a hectic couple of weeks, starting with some minor elective surgery and a week's recuperation for my husband and ending, tomorrow, with Easter dinner, the only holiday I host at this point in time.  I've got the plans, though, and I need to get back into the groove next week, as the Ethiopians are feeling the lack of Ethiopian food.  At one point last week, they were playing outside with us and I had to go in to start dinner.  With eyes and face full of excitement and hope, one of them ran up and asked "are you going to make 'opian for dinner, Mama?"  Sadly, I wasn't.  

Tonight, as I worked on preparing all that I could ahead of time for Easter dinner, I was reminded of what my husband said to me after my nit'ir qibe post: "Why don't you ever show the aftermath?"  He can ask this because he's in charge of aftermath 99% of the time; we long ago brokered a deal where I cook and he cleans up.  The greatest part is we both think we got the best end of the stick, except, perhaps, for nights involving nit'ir qibe or starting a holiday dinner for a dozen adults and three children.  Then I think he begins to have his doubts. 

So, without further ado, I offer the aftermath of tonight.  It's not an Ethiopian-inspired mess, but it's prodigious.  I dedicate this post to my husband.  


  1. I love the aftermath shots. I agree with you, I'd rather create than clean up. :) Can't wait to see the next dish you do.

  2. I am duly impressed. And you are a lucky woman!

  3. You make it sound like I went in for a botox injection. I just underwent my second surgery in three months, and I have a new three-inch incision across my abdomen.

    This scene is what I woke up to this morning. My mother and a friend of hers were due at our house at 8:30 am for Easter breakfast.

  4. Love the kitchen mess! That is totally my life!

  5. OK this was pretty darn funny until anonymous spoke up and it was hysterical mostly because it so resembles our house - illnesses included and your mess could be ours exactly - wait let me go look in my kitchen to make sure you weren't in there

    thanks for posting this - sometimes i think it's only us

  6. Love the pics and the "anonymous" post =) We've all been there and I think it's the mark of a good time (especially when your hubby does the clean up). You lucky, lucky woman.