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Foods of Day of the Dead (All Saints' Day), And Pumpkin Fritters: Podcast HWC-2016-11-1

Chef Ouita and Rona described foods of Festival Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, or All Saints and All Souls Days around the world—well, at least in Mexico, Guatemala and the Philippines. Ouita reveals her (stolen) recipe for pumpkin fritters, a food she has made famous through the region.

Our shared, unedited notes from the program's show plan:

Foods Of Day of the Dead

Pan de Muerto- Sweet bread sprinkled with sesame seeds of surgar, shapes on top represent bones.

Sugar Skulls

Tamales

Mole Negro

Calabaze en Dulce- Slow cooked pumpkin with sugar and cinnamon

From Guatemala: Mollette: think French Bread, but use a small sweet roll, available in many Mexican Bakerys, hollow out the midel and fill with raisins and custard. Soak in egg batter and pan fry. Soak in a rum syrup

Marigold Tortillas- Marigolds are edible and the flower is made into garlands for All souls Day and Day of the Dead to decorate Home altars along with the sugar Skulls and the Pan de Muerto

Fiambre: A Guatemalan Celebration Salad for Day of the Dead-- all kinds of vegetables: Asparagus, beets, carrots, cauliflower, brussle sprouts, green beans, baby corn, hearts of palm, baby onions, red beans, white beans, chick peas, fava beans. black and green olives, radish, capers, lettuce with all kinds of meats: chicken, Red, yellow and Black chorizo, other hard sausages, mortadella, tounge, ham, salami, even hot dogs, cheese, boiled eggs, parmesan queso fresco in a vinaigrette made with parsely, bay, thyme oregano, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, cicken broth, nutmeg....

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The Philippines: It's all about sticky rice! Glutinous rice, which has many names, but often "malgkit." When made into rice cakes and delicacies, "biko." While ancestor veneration is an ancient part of Filipino culture, the modern observance is believed to have been imported from Mexico when the islands (as part of the Spanish East Indies) were governed from Mexico City as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain.[citation needed] During the holiday (observed on the 1st day of November), Filipinos customarily visit family tombs and other graves, which they repair and clean. Entire families spend a night or two at their loved ones' tombs, passing time with card games, eating, drinking, singing and dancing—activities that would be considered improper in some cultures. Prayers such as the rosary are often said for the deceased, who are normally offered candles, flowers, food, and even liquor. Some Catholic Chinese Filipino families additionally offer joss sticks to the dead, and observe customs otherwise associated with the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Cultural celebrations in communities are particularly expressive of Filipino commitment to community. But Hundas [Undas], the local translation for this festival, is both a religious and cultural practice. In his book “Culture and Community in the Philippine Fiesta and Other Celebrations”, Florentino H. Hornedo wrote that celebrations and specialty fiesta endure in this country because “it is rooted in the communitarian and expressive instincts of human nature...is a durable venue for Filipino cultures and expressions....and is a symbol of Filipino sense of community.” Elfren Cruz, Philippine Star http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/10/31/1251413/undas-filipino-culture

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