Yesterday the Restoration Fund Committee held a "Cook Out/Bake Sale" after the 7:30 am service. There was lots of good stuff: fry fish and cucu; bacalao (codfish) and cucu; pollo asado y cucu (cucu is made from cornmeal and okra. It's very good!); bacalao empanadas; Padre's chili con carne (¡muy picante!); and my favorite, codfish cake (pronounced codfish cék). Dulces were yucapone; bread puddin; the Lovely Mona's pumpkin bread; and bacardi cake. Beverages were chicheme, a beverage made of hominy, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and vanilla; and saril, a beverage made of sorrell (a flower related to hibiscus), ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Everything sold out quickly! Since I'm at the front door talking with folks as they leave after the service, I placed my order for fry fish, cucu and codfish cake during the announcements. Of course, this meant that my office smelled of codfish cake during la Misa en Español! We sure had a tasty lunch when we got home.
Today is the First Day of School for private schools in Panamá; the public schools start on Easter Monday. Yesterday we had all the students and teachers come up for a First Day of School Blessing. Yes, the Lovely Mona was there as she starts teaching flute at Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal today! Also, the Lovely Mona and I received our Wedding Anniversary blessing (it's Wednesday), but I forgot to hand the camera to someone, so no photo. However, we have photos of the Cook Out/Bake Sale and the First Day of School Blessing.
Codfish cake line
Tiny kitchen! That's why we're raising money to re-model.
Mrs. Bennett and Keith Green making codfish cake (Well, Mrs. Bennett cooks and Mr. Green sells)
Sarah Williams selling her famous empanadas de bacalao
Yucapone for sale, and that's Padre's chili con carne in that pot next to the caja
First Day of School Blessing
Yummm! Fry fish and cucu