The Sweet Smell of Good Food
// Jeanne DeTellis Loudon
I love my bread maker. The sweet smell of oatmeal bread made with pure maple syrup and Amish butter has a lingering aroma.
In contrast, preparing two million meals a year for our ever rising student enrollment in Haiti has serious economic restraints. Sometimes we are able to purchase a salted fish along with tomato sauce to compliment the cornmeal cooked with beans. My favorite cook of over 30 years, Sister Ann, knows how to make the best rice and beans with her secret ingredient of a few whole cloves.
When the children arrive at school, they love to walk by the kitchen to smell the delicious aroma of the food being prepared for their lunch. Then, they can relax, focus, listen and learn.
We have 56 “Mommas” who cook for New Missions. I was inspired, and I hope I was inspiring to them, as I met with our cooks in January…and I plan to meet with them again soon. I hope to gift each cook with the biggest, strongest, stainless steel cooking spoon. And I want them to walk to work with their spoon, head held high—as proud as any lawyer carrying a briefcase. These “Mommas” are changing the world each day, by loving and feeding God’s children, and enabling a healthy future in Haiti. ~Jeanne DeTellis Loudon