As you know, Kim and Jonathan Hall recently moved to Honduras. The Sowers family knows what a huge transition that is. In a show of solidarity, Trish is sharing some of her memories of her family’s early days in Honduras. This is part two of two-parter, in which Trish is reminiscing about learning how to live in the small island town of Savanna Bight. So, picture it… It’s still Honduras, 2001!
Meatless Monday Sounds Pretty Good!
For the Sowers family, in 2001, the cheap meat option was fresh fish. People would go out fishing each day, gut it, scale it, and sell it for $1 a pound. The fish came in a wide variety and Trish became well versed in preparing them. She found that bonito fish are best used by boiling them, picking the meat from the bones, and using it like tuna. When it comes to snapper, Trish advocates frying it. And then there’s barracuda…
Fresh Meat! Get It Before It’s Hot!
There was a thriving door-to-door business. When someone butchered a cow or hog, the owner would load up a wheelbarrow with fresh meat! As Trish said, “It didn’t look like much! It wasn’t exactly on those little styrofoam trays, but you grabbed it!”
Several of the ladies in town operated home baking businesses. The women baked and their children went door-to-door selling. One of the delivery girls was a friend of the Sowers kids. She sold cinnamon buns and a sort of key lime pie. When the girl arrived at the Sowers’ house, she knocked on the front door. If no one answered, she went around to the back and yelled until someone heard. Now, that’s service!
You never knew when salesman might show up, so Trish wasn’t always home when one arrived. She told her kids that if someone came around selling fish, they should always buy some. Sometimes the fish was fresh. Other times, it was frozen. One day, when Trish arrived home from an errand, the kids told her they had purchased five pounds of frozen fish. They had put it in the sink to thaw, so they could eat it for dinner. Trish was thrilled and went to check on the thawing fish. What the kids didn’t know was that they had purchased five pounds of half a giant fish head! It’s not that someone was trying to take advantage of the gringos. Fish head was considered a delicacy by the islanders. It was not considered a delicacy by the Sowerses, so Trish shared their good fortune with a neighbor!
Eat Your Bruised Vegetables!
The produce from the boat had lived a rough life and the voyage took a toll! When you purchased fresh produce, you would plan on having a salad the first day. You might possibly be able to have a salad on day two. After that, it was cooked veggies. When the produce ran out (or went bad after a few days), it was back to the canned stuff until the next boat got there. Frozen veggies weren’t an option. To this day, a limited variety of frozen fruits and veggies can only be bought in a big city. They aren’t available in Gracias.
A Word to the Hall Family
Hall family, we look forward to hearing about your adventures as you adjust to full-time life in Honduras! May you make so many many wonderful memories that you one day find yourself saying, “Picture it… Honduras 2019!”
- posted by Christi