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... is paramount.
While our lunch is prepared we watch one of the woman make candles - a rose candle - by hand with a pair of scissors as her only tool. It's amazing and inspiring to watch.
While we are watching her young daughter comes in and kneels next to her. She wants to make candles too and her little fingers play with some wax.
Florencio tells us that from a very young age, from 8 or 9 years old children are given small jobs like cleaning the church, ...
... but after a long hike it was great. Of course we were the only gueros there, seems to be a theme but one we like. In fact most people assume we are from Europe or Canada, and we go with it. Much better to be a guero than a gringo I guess.
Anyway check out the pictures, as is want to happen there are less pictures and less blogs but we are still just absorbing this place and can not believe how little time we have left! Love to all we miss you! ...
... and hot (chilli spicy hot) grasshopper
- quesillo: local stringy cheese
- mole / rojo: a rich sauce made of ground chilies and a number of other ingredients
- finally seeing how the local chocolate was made.
... colorfully set tables filled most of the plaza. On one side, a stage had been set up for the ever-present brass bands to appear on. Around the perimeter of the plaza were 17 long tables on which the various cooks set up chafing dishes displaying from 7 to 10 foods from each of their specific regions, including appetizers, main courses, drinks, alcoholic beverages, and deserts. It was quite stunning, and although there was some overlap ...
... I had a go at making a tortilla and let me tell you it's not as easy as they make out. My disasters were later fed to the dogs. They use a press and then cook them ona clay dish which is heated over a hot fire. We had some which were cooked with lard and cheese, some others of courgette flowers with a stringy cheese, finely sliced meat was grilled over hot coals along with chorizo, guacamole which was avacodo, salt and water mashed and then had chilli, onion, coriander, ...