Guacho de pollo


  El sábado pasado celebramos el 496 aniversario de la fundación de Panamá “La Vieja”. Fue fundada el 15 de agosto 1519 por Pedro Arias Dávila y otros 100 habitantes. En ese momento, fue el primer asentamiento europeo permanente en … Continue reading

Guacho de pollo — Chicken wet rice


Guacho de pollo
Chicken wet rice

Last Saturday we celebrated the 496 anniversary of the foundation of Panama “La vieja” (the old). It was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María La Antigüa del Darién and Acla. Two years later, in 1521, the settlement was promoted to the status of city by a royal decree and was given a coat of arms by Charles V of Spain, forming a new cabildo.
To commemorate this big day in my country, I’m sharing a Panamanian recipe. It’s been a while, I know!

It is call guacho in Spanish and it is one of those words without a translation in English. It is made with rice, chicken (it used to be hen, but nowadays hens are rare to find…so chicken it is! ) and lots of veggies.

Here is the recipe.


  • 1 chicken (or hen) cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup oil (olive or sunflower are fine)
  • 1/4 cup Annatto oil*
  • 3 scallion sprigs chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh coriander chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups rice**


We will start by seasoning the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Then heat the oil in a big pan and sauté the chicken until golden brown. Take out the chicken and set aside.

Now we are going to make the sofrito. Pour the annatto oil into the pan , add all the vegetables and sauté until tender. Take out about 3 tablespoons of this sofrito and set aside. Add the chicken and 2 1/2 liters of water, bring to a boil and cook at low heat for 30 to 45 minutes.

Check the seasoning and add salt if needed.

Pour in the rice and cook, stirring from time to time until it is tender and very wet. If it is too dry, you may add hot water (and recheck the seasoning).

Serve immediately with a bit of sofrito*** on top, and make sure everyone has a piece of chicken.

*Annato oil probably can be found at some specialized stores, but you can make your own by adding the seeds to a bottle of oil and letting it rest for a while before using it. Annatto will add color and flavor to this dish, a good substitute will be saffron, it taste different, but it’ll do.

**The ideal rice for this dish a Carnaroli, Arborio or Valencia rice, one short-grain rice that will absorbs moisture without completely breaking down (I didn’t, so it took more water and time for cooking)

***For the sofrito, you may add a few tablespoons of tomato sauce, to make it more fluid and add color.

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For today post I only have one picture and I didn’t take it. I bake these to bring to work a few days ago. They were a hit among my colleagues and one of them took this picture, edited and … Continue reading

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Originally posted on ROCKSTAR RONAN:


Ronan. It’s almost that time again. That dreaded time in May that I hate so much. Tomorrow around 3:15 a.m. you will have died in my arms, 4 years ago. I still don’t know the exact time because I never sent in for your death certificate. I keep telling myself I’m going to do it, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to fill out the paperwork just so I can have a certificate that says you are dead. That makes everything all too real and the tiniest piece of me is still holding out hope that this is all in fact just some sick twisted experiment about what happens to a mom after she watches her son die from cancer. I saw that movie “The Truman Show” many years ago, so why can’t that be what happens to me? If I tell you what happens almost 4 years…

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What If ?


I wonderful book with a wonderful message

Originally posted on A Simple, Village Undertaker:

Many years ago, during the 1980’s into the 90’s, I lost my faith.

I knew I had it, but must have set it down somewhere,  could not find it and eventually stopped looking.

I do remember however, who helped me find it in 1994.  I became acquainted with a man in Philadelphia who  forever changed my life.  His name was Richard Glenn and I was introduced to him via his mother, June.  He was one of the holiest men I have ever known, but he was unassuming, gentle, yet strong.

I do not recall how or why we ever got on the topic, but he lead me back to my Church and faith. One of the “tools” he used to do so was via a book entitled Joshua, A Parabel for Today by Joe Girzone.

A paragraph……         th

When Joshua moves to a small cabin on…

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