This afternoon the Cooking with Soy Workshop is in the kitchen at CEPUDO. Over twenty five women from Angel of Hope Homes will be learning to use Textured Soy Protein in their favorite recipes and also get a chance to taste a few new recipes that include TSP. AOH are orphanages who care for children. Ruth is leading to cooking classes this afternoon. She has a soy baking microenterprise and is a very accomplished cook. She's also a whizz at using TSP and from the beginning has great command of the class. She gets them involved and busy right away and they're off and cooking. A few of the attendees are hesitant to taste the new dishes, but with a little coaxing they are pleasantly surprised by the taste.
The burners on the stoves are on high and though the fans overhead are on full speed, the kitchen is sweltering hot. It doesn't deter any of the women. They chop, mix, cut, stir and blend all afternoon. About 5:00pm all of their dishes are ready and we taste test what they've created and the soy spaghetti is their favorite for several reasons. 1) It tastes good 2) The children will like it 3) With 2 cups of TSP they can feed all their children.
The women pack up the leftovers to take with them. Each AOH Home receives a 50lb. bag of TSP and they want to make sure it makes it into their van. We take a group photo and some get ready to leave as it is 5:30pm and they still have a 3 hour drive ahead of them. We all hug and say goodbye. They are so happy to have be able to participate. They hold tight to the recipe sheets as they climb into the van. We wave goodbye and head back into the kitchen to help Ruth and her assistants clean up.
We take a quick tour of the CEPUDO warehouse and Carlso talks with us about all of their projects. We had a night meeting with Melany from Cargill to talk about our workshops and discuss Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
It's been an amazing day. We've learned so much, shared so much and really had a great time doing it. Our flight to Tegucilgalpa leaves very early, so I better end here and pack that luggage.