November, Independence month

Throughout November, Panama celebrates its most emblematic dates related to its sovereignty. To mark the occasion, I will be re-posting some of my favorite Panamanian recipes. Many of them prepared especially for these days in previous years.

This is the first one, published on November 3rd 2011


In November, Panama celebrates a month of national festivities. Throughout November, all around the country the flag and patriotic symbols are displayed. There are three days of great historical importance for Panama in November. The days of national celebration are the 3rd, 10th and 28th of November. The celebrations these days are due to the separation of Panama from Colombia, the “cry” of independence and the independence from Spain, respectively. Wearing the colors of the flag, Panama celebrates these festivities with several events and parades throughout the country.

As you can see we celebrate E V E R Y T H I N G.

On November 3, Panama dresses in red, blue and white and celebrates with parades in the most important avenues of the city. Most schools throughout the country will display their musical bands through the streets as thousands of proud Panamanians applaud their merits. It’s a great and unforgettable experience for everyone, both local and foreign. When I was a little girl I participated in one of these parades, it was such a huge honor… 😉

Take a look!

Well, there you go! Another day and no cooking…Not true, here’s the recipe for my mom’s flan.


Crème caramel


  • 1 large can condensed milk
  •  1 large can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • Caramel 
Beat eggs; add milk, vanilla and nutmeg to taste. Pour into a mold coated with caramel and put in a water bath.
This flan can be done in the oven, in which case you would need about 30 minutes at 350 degrees (approximately), or on the stove, also in a water bath, for about 45 minutes.
To make the caramel, the proportion is 50 g sugar and 1 tbsp. water. But I’m sure all of you have your own recipe for it.

Happy November 3rd!

15 Replies to “November, Independence month”

  1. I’m a wee bit late but hope all the celebrations are fun and happy.
    What a lovely recipe Giovanna – different to the way I know crème caramel. Will keep this one on hand for when my family are visiting again.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. Sounds very interesting and like a nice general dessert should be on a Holiday. But unfortunately I won’t try it, seeing as it has too much Vanilla and Caramel. 😦 But it looks great!

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