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Dessert Pastries From Outdoor Adobe Clay Oven
The day we have been waiting for, since we like breads and pastries and make them ourselves on the boat, and wanted to taste and compare notes.
|In the oven |
|Special rosca for Mike and Marie|
Once the oven has reached the right temperature, all the coals and ashes are taken out of it. It is then wiped clean with a brand new broom made on the spot with green shrubbery. Once cleaned out, some metal covers the door to keep the oven warm. One by one the trays layered with goodies to bake go into the oven. She checks regularly to see what needs to be turned around as there are hotter and cooler spots in the oven and to see if anything is ready to take out and be replaced by other unbaked goodies.
We visit in the dry season and are told that the week after we leave they’ll be planting the corn. Should the rains come as planned, they will harvest it in December. The corn used to be planted by hands just a few years ago and it would take 4 days to cover 3.5 hectares (approximately 7 acres). There are now 4 privately owned tractors in town that can be rented by the hour. Thanks to this, it now only takes 2 hours (at 450 pesos/hour = $36US/hour) to plant the same fields. Picking the corn however is still done by hands with donkeys/burros carrying the loads. We will see if we can come back to visit the area during the wet/rainy season to see all of the fields and trees green and shiny. It would be magnificent. We are also told that they have fireflies in August – something always magical to see.
Ramón demonstrates how he fabricates his small hand brooms after showing us how to pick the roots that are used to make them. The roots come from a type of grass (somewhat like pampas grass but not as large) that seems to grow in many areas around here. He charges so little for these artfully made brushes, small and large brooms. Small hand brooms are 15 ($1.20) pesos, brushes 30 ($2.40) pesos, large brooms 45 ($3.60) pesos. Should he sell these in tourist areas, he’d easily get $10 for the smallest ones…
|Digging root for broom/brush making|
|Roots ready to be washed|