I would love to learn from you some of your best recipes.... I'm thinking of dinner meals mainly, but any other favorites, I'd love to hear as well.
Unfortunatly, I do have some serious stipulations. Stovetop is best (my oven is tiny- think toaster). Flour, salt, and white/brown sugar are the only baking ingredient that is easy to find (Baking powder, soda, powdered sugar, mixes- all less accessible.) The best ingredients would be fresh veggies, fruits (we enjoy vegetarian meals), or chicken or beef. Most dairy products (except milk, butter, and one standard cheddar- which I stock up on and freeze-- can't go without cheese!), and basically every "convenient" food is pretty hard to come by. But if your recipe is worth the wait, I'll gladly look for your goods at the import grocery store the next time we have a doctors visit across town (near the store). Rice is the easiest staple, but just recently, pasta is becoming a regular item at our local grocery store. (What a TREAT!) And, of course, we can find potatoes too.
Some substitutions and adjustments I've learned to make here:
Refried Beans- I think I might be in a minority for this, but I really enjoy bean burritos or beans and rice. I recently discovered that 4-5 hours on high in a crock pot gets pinto beans to a great texture. Throw in some salt, garlic, taco seasoning and a bit of tabasco. (Thanks to you friends who have recently sent over the taco seasoning! It hits the spot!)
Sour Cream- When I can, I like to pick up cream at an import grocery store. I'm learning that it makes several different foods taste better! (Chicken soup is yummier creamy I think.) And one of my favorites is a cup of cream with a bit of vinegar mixed in... let stand for 5 minutes and it's a decent sour cream (though often still quite runny.) Start small with the vinegar and add till the taste is right- approx 1+ tablespoon.
You can email me your recipes or (maybe it will work?) to leave it as a comment. Thanks friends!