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Saturday, December 06, 2008


Hafa Adai! It has been a pleasure sharing the various cultural poems from the anthology Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People. Today marks the last day of sharing the poems, as we’ve finally reached Korasón Poem #57, the last poem contained in the anthology. In this poem, titled Delicious Pumpkin Treats, you’ll experience the virtual taste of our pumpkin treats of Buchi Buchi and pastet. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Si Yu’os Ma’ase’!

Delicious Pumpkin Treats

Buchi Buchi or pumpkin pastet* –
What’s the difference?
They’re both made almost the same way
And they taste so delicious –
I can’t even tell the difference.
Okay, so I can, but why should it matter?
The only difference is the way it’s cooked.
Buchi Buchi is fried pumpkin turnover
While regular pumpkin turnover is baked.
They’re both made of sweet dough and pumpkin filling
And it takes about an hour or so
To cook a dozen of them.
These are among my favorite deserts
And I’m sure if you try them you’ll agree with me
That they are delicious pumpkin treats!
Gof manngé!
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao

*pastet: turnover
*Gof manngé: Tastes very good.

Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao

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