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Peace Corps Volunteer Maggie Keenan drinks wok-roasted coffee in the Philippines

Peace Corps Volunteer  Maggie Keenan drinks wok-roasted coffee in the Philippines

On a cold morning, getting ready to make the one-hour trek to the Barangay Bunga marketplace, a cup of coffee never tasted so good.

Peace Corps Volunteer Maggie Keenan drinks wok-roasted coffee in the Philippines

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Food Lore From The Peace Corps: Adventurous eating is part of the job for volunteers in far corners of the world

By Jennifer Snelling

For The Register-Guard

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

As Peace Corps celebrates its 45th anniversary this week, some local volunteers share their experiences and recipes:

Wok-roasted coffee

Maggie Keenan: Philippines 1987-90

I lived in a remote mountain village on the island of Negros, one of 7,000 islands in the Philippines. There was no public transportation, electricity or running water. I lived with a family of six in their bamboo home on stilts. There was a smoky kitchen, a common room, and a 6-by-12-foot space for me that formerly housed chickens. My job was to educate farmers about soil conservation and the importance of planting trees on hillsides. When I wasn't in the field or at the tree nursery, I was visiting farmers in their homes. Families struggled to make ends meet, but a visitor was always offered something to eat or drink.

Coffee planted in the shade of large fruit trees grew in abundance. During coffee season, I was given a cup at every home I visited. Coffee was brewed strong and served with lots of sugar. After three homes and three cups, my heart raced and my head spun. At home, we roasted large handfuls of beans in a wok over the kitchen fire. The blackened beans were then pounded with a mortar and pestle. Each cup was brewed with boiling water poured through a filter made from old cloth.

On a cold morning, getting ready to make the one-hour trek to the Barangay Bunga marketplace, a cup of coffee never tasted so good.

Maggie Keenan is communications director at the U.S. office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (www.elaw. org).

Recipes from volunteers

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Peace Corps volunteers including Maggie Keenan (shown in photo at lower left taken while she was in the Philippines) learn much about an area's culture through the sharing of food. Photo: Paul Carter
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Sarciadong Dilis

(Mung Bean Stew)

From Maggie Keenan, Philippines 1987-90.

1 cup dried mung beans

1/3 cup oil

2 segments garlic, crushed

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped

2/3 cup dried dilis (anchovies)

2 cups water

1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 1/4 cups cabbage, shredded

Cover beans with water and cook until tender, mash, set aside. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes in oil. Add dilis and cook for 10 minutes. Add water and seasonings and bring to a boil. Add cabbage and mashed beans. Simmer. Serve hot. (Also good cooked with coconut milk.)

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