Monday, November 16, 2009

The Last Hurrah

I just got done with my last big activity with my community, hosting Long Practice of the new recruits, G31. I had 4 trainees come and work with my women´s group making soap, building compost piles, and touring various parts of Paraguayan Country Life. Remember when I was a little trainee and I wrote a poem about my experience? Well, hopefully these guys had more fun, and I think EVERYONE was super excited about their visit.

We had one day were the trainees had to get up in front of the ladies and do a presentation. Since I have more experience MAKING stuff instead of giving a speach about it, we MADE a Dia de Jabon (Soap Day!!)

We made Powdered Soap

Bar Soap used for washing clothes

Liquid Detergent Soap used for dishes and EVERYTHING else you can think of...

And Even Shampoo!!!

Afterwards, we toured some fields and even had a few free lunches!

this old guy made this special stool in the middle of his field just so he could sit in the shade under his mandarin orange tree - he knows what´s up

Paraguayan Rambo - Or as they say, 'Juan Rambo'

We all had a lot of fun, and as a special occasion, I made something that I have never before eaten in my life.


They were actually really good.

Here´s the recipe:
  • 6 cups cucumbers , cut or or sliced
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups vinagre (i used apple vinagre and it rawked)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dill

  1. Heat the liquids to a boil. Boil for 1 minute
  2. Cut the cucumbers and onions and alternately layer them in whatever recipiant you´re using
  3. Pour the boiling liquid over the cucumbers and onions
  4. Marinate them in the fridge for a minimum of 4 days

At first I thought there wasn´t enough liquid, so I added a little bit of water after the 2nd day, just to cover the cucumbers. Really, it should be enough and the cucumbers made their own juice as well. You can add any kind of spice you want, and probably some hot peppers if that´s what you're into. Now I understand why so many people pickle EVERYTHING. It´s so easy and delicious on a hot day!!!!

Well, there you have it. Not only am I coming back from the Peace Corps and new and improved woman, I also know how to make pickles. Oh. And I got a stamp made, too.


sneakypie9 said...

It looks like you saved the best for last. Looks like this was fun and successful!

Blackpetunia said...

Pickles! Finally. I can't wait to eat pickles and burritos with you now.

Homoses said...

I can make relish!
I am so exited for you to come back, this time I did pee a little bit!!!
Saving a place on the bouch with a beer and color purple in the dvd player!
Give me a call when you get here, same number.

Paul said...

Gross, Homoses. Gross. Cassie, you should celebrate this day in Paraguay, and tell me how it goes over: