Fanesca

2015 March - 18

Our office had fanesca about a week ago–a new culinary experience for us!  Fanesca is a traditional thick soup served during the Easter season here in the Ecuadorean highlands. Here’s a recipe.

Fanesca has a lot of ingredients, including grains, beans, and vegetables.  The email our office organizer, Jenny, sent out was a complicated list of who was bringing what:

GABYTA
MELLOCOS COCINADOS SIN SAL+ PASTA DE MANÍ
ANGELO
AJOS + LECHES
JUANQUITA
CHOCLO COCINADO SIN SAL + VITA LECHE ENTERA (FUNDA ROJA)
LILI
BACALAO PREVIAMENTE REMOJADO UN DIA ANTES CAMBIAR EL AGUA DOS VECES + VITA LECHE ENTERA (FUNDA ROJA)
SCOTT & JODY 
BACALAO PREVIAMENTE REMOJADO UN DIA ANTES CAMBIAR EL AGUA DOS VECES + LECHE
ALEXITA
BACALAO PREVIAMENTE REMOJADO UN DIA ANTES CAMBIAR EL AGUA DOS VECES + VITA LECHE ENTERA (FUNDA ROJA)
JOHANA
BACALAO PREVIAMENTE REMOJADO UN DIA ANTES CAMBIAR EL AGUA DOS VECES + VITA LECHE ENTERA (FUNDA ROJA)
MARY PAO
SAMBO BIEN COCINADO
WILLI
PAPAS COCINADAS Y APLASTADAS O MAJADAS
LUIS
PAPAS COCINADAS Y APLASTADAS O MAJADAS + LECHUGA
RODRI
CREMA DE LECHE + QUESO
BARRY
FREJOL BLANCO COCINADO SIN SAL
JAIMITO
PAPAS COCINADAS Y APLASTADAS O MAJADAS + PEREJIL+ PIMINTO ROJO
LAURITA 
ZAPALLO + PASTA DE ACHIOTE
TUTI
SAMBO + G[UITIG 
VINI
CHOCHOS PELADOS + MADURO FRITO
THOMAS
HABAS COCINADAS SIN SAL + ARROZ BIEN COCINADOS SIN SAL 
HERMANN
QUESO + MANTEQUILLA
XIMENITA
RAMITAS CEBOLLA BLANCA + HUEVOS COCINADOS
RALPH
G[UITIG + GASEOSA (COLA)
MONI
HIGOS
CECI
HIGO
JENNY
ARVEJAS COCINADAS SIN SAL + MASITAS FRITAS
DIRECCIÓN Y PREPARACIÓN 
LAURITA
ASISTENTES DE COCINA
GABYTA + YO
Our contribution was a liter of milk and 1/2 lb of bacalao (dried salt cod).  I (Jody) bought the bacalao from the market vendor where I buy almonds and pumpkin seeds for my granola.  Here’s a photo of her (in the center) with a friend; bacalao is the dried stuff right in front.  Not surprisingly, it is very salty and pungent.  I soaked it for 24 hours, changing the water twice.
2015 March - 04
I could have bought the bacalao at our local Santa María supermarket; they have had a fanesca display for about a month.
2015 March - 03

The day of the lunch, the kitchen of the Quito Connection (our mission’s guesthouse) was bustling with cooking and other preparations.  Besides fanesca, we also had molo (Ecuadorean mashed potatoes) served on a lettuce leaf and higos dulces (figs cooked in a very sweet panela [raw cane sugar] sauce) with cheese.  It was delicious but very heavy; definitely not to be eaten in the evening.  Here’s a gallery of photos:

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About scottandjody

Scott and Jody have been married for 39 years and have six adult children and three grandchildren. Scott worked as a CPA for over 32 years and Jody was a homeschooling mom. They are now serving as missionaries in Quito, Ecuador with Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global).
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One Response to Fanesca

  1. Stacie says:

    I really like it when people get together and share ideas.
    Great website, stick with it!

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