Recently we traveled to Romania. The hunt for Dracula thru Transylvania. During Halloween of course. I had never been to Romania previously, and thought before we left “it’s not likely we will ever go again” and now I am excited to see more of this beautiful country.
While there I was given an opportunity to really appreciate the abundance we have in the US. We had the opportunity to get to know two of our guides, and they shared their experiences of their county during the communist era. We are so blessed to have never experienced the struggle and lack they lived through.
Can you imagine standing in line for hours and hours (even in the cold) in the hopes that there will be a truck with food coming to the area. We stand in line for the newest iPhone or Star Wars Movie release… but for food. Not because you choose to but because your very survival, and the survival of your loved ones depends on it.
I have loved growing herbs to use in my cooking, or to have something I have grown in my garden to eat and share. While driving through the countryside, all of the homes were growing food. Imagine growing grapes to make your own wine, no 2 buck chuck available. If you don’t grow and make it yourself, you don’t have any.
One of the foods served that I found fascinating, was a chilled bone broth to dip your bread into. First you have to know what bone broth is. It is a broth made from boiling the bones after the meat is all gone. The long boil (8 hrs or more) extracts all of the nutrition and protein remaining in the bones. The bones literally crumble away once all the nutrients are cooked out of them. If you follow healthy eating practices, you may have heard about this or even made a bone broth for you and your family. It is really healthy and good for you. Served cold it turns from liquid to jelly. That isn’t the interesting perspective. It is why they eat it. The piece to understand isn’t that this is a healthy food, but that is served because it is a way to gain nutritional food from what we commonly throw out. When you have nothing, you need to make the most from it. Even today in the restaurants they don’t serve butter. Butter is a luxury item.
We have so much to be thankful for. One of the things I love about traveling is seeing with a fresh understanding, the many, many blessings we have, and giving thanks.