Chicken and Hamburgers-The Children's Favorite!
Isabel and Rudy are caring for the physical well-being at NPH Bolivia
June 25, 2012 - Bolivia
The kitchen is sparkling clean with all the dishes washed and on the shelf along with the huge pots and pans scoured. Tias Isabel and Rudy, the two cooks from NPH Bolivia, are having leisure-time. It is 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
Today is Wednesday. In addition to Saturday, this is one of the most elaborate days for the cooks. The menu is soup, salad and still another main dish. As always, they have begun at 9 am with their preparations for lunch. They clean and chop vegetables, peel potatoes, and make the pastries. Over 120 hungry people have to be fed at the orphanage two times a day every day. The first meal is at lunchtime and another meal again in the evenings. That's not their only duty as they work to assure the food is tasty, diversified and healthy.
Tia Rudy, one of the two cooks at nph Bolivia, cooking dinner.
Another important factor is that the food is always fresh. There are no ready to eat meals. All of this makes a lot of work for them, and sometimes it is a good thing that the older boys and girls are going to school in the evenings. They can then help the cooks at noon, and they alternate one week the girls while the other week the boys. "The collaboration is wonderful," says Tia Isabel. "The adolescents are a great help for us."
The two Tias are compiling new menus every week, which is comprised primarily with vegetables, the children currently harvest in their ‘huerto de amistad," or with what is offered rather cheap in the market. Rice, the most common food at NPH Bolivia, is always reasonably priced. In addition to working with the basic foods, the cooks are working with large amounts of meat, noodles and cooking oil. The meat is purchased every Saturday for the whole week. The storage of food has become much easier since March thanks to a donation of cooling chambers that were installed.
Fish, except on Good Friday, unfortunately is not offered. "Too expensive," says Tia Rudy. Sunday is the day when the cooks prepare something special like chicken. The children like it very much. Even ranked higher than that, however, are hamburgers, a dish that you can get in Bolivia on every street corner. Beyond chicken and hamburgers, the children are consistently impressed by the culinary skills of the two “kitchen fairies.” Whenever you ask them how they like the food, you get the answer "good."
The two women, both trained cooks, visibly enjoy their work. With great calmness and self-confidence, they work while handling the heat and all the big bulky pots and pans. They admit that it would be a great help if one or more fans might soften the heat a little. They have notified their wish to the coordinator of My Good Shop. Who knows, maybe there is indeed someone who would like to ease the cooks’ labor a little.