Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 21, 2011

Oh the People You Meet: Matt and Sara

Hopefully, as this post is published, Matt and Sara will have completed their bike ride from Truth or Consequences, NM to Sedona, AZ, and are resting their weary bodies and enjoying the company of family and friends.

We first met Matt and Sara in the office at Riverbend. They had stopped in for a cup of coffee before going out to a nearby ranch, where they were volunteering as “Woofers” ~ taking care of a herd of goats in exchange for the chance to learn, and a place to stay.

We chatted for a while, and discovered that they had traveled to Truth or Consequences from Colorado….on bicycles….their only mode of transportation. We were impressed!

This fit, twenty-something couple were both trained chefs interested in the preparation of healthy, organic foods, and figured there was no better place to start than at the beginning…with production.

Chefs Sara and Matt

So they left their respective jobs to travel the country. The goat ranch was just one stop on their quest for knowledge and adventure.

They are the second young couple of their generation that we had met since arriving in T or C, who had stepped back from the traditional life to travel and volunteer, via the WWOOF organization. (See previous post).

When we met Matt and Sara, their time in T or C was coming to a close. The goats would not be producing milk over the winter, so it was time to move on.

An invitation to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family in Sedona was next on their agenda, so they came into town for a few days to relax and prepare for their bike trek to Arizona, and ended up living just next door to us.

It was definitely our good fortune, as we were among the guests invited to enjoy a Mexican feast prepared by Chefs Matt and Sara, on the night before they left.

We arrived with hearty appetites, to a magnificent, gourmet, vegetarian feast consisting of calabacitas, homemade blue corn tortillas, a southwest-inspired souffle, posole, fluffy, flavorful rice and a delightful spinach salad.

We had never enjoyed Mexican food more……the customary refried beans with lard, packaged tortillas, ground beef, and no less than a ton of shredded cheese had been replaced with a variety of flavors and textures that brought us all to the table for seconds, and we ate until we thought we would burst.

But wait…..there was more…

We sat in conversation for a while after our meal, digesting and enjoying one anothers’ company.

Then, Sara went back to the kitchen, grabbed a whisk, and began to hand whip cream that she would use as the topping for the best dessert I have ever eaten in my life ~ and it was beautiful, too!!

This gorgeous creation was Sara’s own version of Tres Leches Cake…spongy white cake fresh from the oven, saturated with condensed milk and cream, then topped with fresh whipped cream and thick, rich chocolate and caramel sauce.

It was to-die-for and the perfect ending to an already incredible meal which we will always remember.

After dinner, Keith and I helped with the dishes….a tiny effort at giving thanks for Matt and Sara’s generosity on the night before the beginning of the next phase in their lives.

We hope you made it safely to Sedona, you two…Happy Thanksgiving and keep in touch!


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