This is also a wonderful family time when everyone gathers to eat Fanesca, an Ecuador Easter tradition. This is a very rich soup, made from squash and twelve different grains, (representing the disciples of Jesus) and salt cod since red meat is not eaten this day. Fanesca is a delicious Lenten chowder prepared to celebrate the unity of Ecuador (each grain represents a different part of the country) and to end the Lenten Fast. There are sliced boiled eggs on top and slices of rich ripe avocado also. Here is our chef, Santiago, with his Ecuadorian Easter fanesca.
His Easter fanesca is outstanding!
The streets and plazas will begin…empty in the dawn.
Jesus commanding the sunrise and an empty plaza.
Then slowly the streets will be filled with dancers and parades.
Everyone participates, beginning with the young children.
Girls and boys…eager with the excitement of the event.
Solemn with this celebration’s importance.
Recognizing that for centuries the community has gathered on this day to celebrate this victory in dance.
To express their gratitude.
And to express their joy…these women are obviously having fun!
And to show their earnestness…the thread that weaves through these wonderful people. They are earnest.
Merri and I send our earnest wish that you enjoy a happy Easter.