This all occurred this past Wednesday at the final solar oven workshop in round 2. For me, this was the third and final community. We had the best weather possible for cooking with solar stoves, and the results were amazing. Everything cooked beautifully and faster than expected. We had another nice variety for lunch included nopales (cactus pads), chard, lentils, chile rellenos, garbanzos, a few meat dishes, spiced apples, and chocolate cake. I think we actually overcooked the cake a tiny bit, but the icing compensated for the slight dryness of the cake. The atmosphere for the day was wonderful.
The final round of workshops will be in a few weeks, hopefully after the women have been cooking with the stoves over those weeks. We will go back to each community to discuss their successes or issues, and gather advice from them. We especially needs some tips on how to cook rice properly in the solar oven. They have a worksheet on which to record each time they cooked with the solar oven, the weather, the results, and any commentary. If they decide that they don’t want the oven after this trial period, they can return it and get their money back. It’s good timing that the weather has switched over to full Springtime here, which is the hottest time of the year. The sun is so strong that you have to seek out any scrap of shade you can find when walking down the street. They will have the best chance to use and get good results from the stoves.
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Also, I got one of the photos from last week into a Huffington Post article about “Peace Corps Week.” Like I said, I knew it was the money shot, or something like that but without the money part: