Cooking in Class. Saturday’s class (why yes, we have classes 6 days a week) included a cooking session of mbeju and guacamole. It was delicious! Mbeju is like a flat bread made from yucca flour, corn flour, butter, cheese, whole milk, and salt pressed into a small frying pan and flipped until golden brown on both sides. Then cut it into wedges, dip into the fresh guac and enjoy!
Saturday Night Fiesta. Saturday was fellow trainee, Laura’s, birthday so a bunch of folks from the other satellite community took the 15 minute ride on a micro (bus) to Ypane and gathered with our group at my host family’s house for hanging out and watching the Paraguay v. Bolivia soccer game!
Sunday Lunch. Isaiah and I cooked up huge pots of rice, chicken curry (complete with authentic curry spices from our good friend Thushan), and lentils for a lunch with our whole family.
Our siblings chatted and drank terere (basically the drink of Paraguay – we’ll have to write more about this later) with us in the kitchen while we cooked. Everyone is tranquilo (laid back) here so it was a fun leisurely time as head chefs.
This is the whole family at lunch. Clockwise from Isaiah (in the orange sweater): Isaiah, Justino (my host dad), Jorgelina (my host mom), Tanya (my host sister), Amari (Tanya’s daughter), Gloria (my host sister-in-law), David (my host brother), Adolfo (my other host brother), and Cristina (my host sister). Just Adolfo, Cristina and the parents live in the house with us. The others are married so have their own houses nearby. It’s a great family that likes to joke around and have fun together.
We had a great second weekend here in Paraguay! What did you do?