So I decided to do something a little differently today. Instead of baking something from another culture, I decided to interview one of my friends from Guam and ask her about the traditions they have there. My friend Tisa is from the island of Saipan and is here in the states for school. She loves her home country and I know she misses her home very much. Guam is a very fascinating subject for me because I will be headed there come May for a two-month business internship!
What kind of history do you have with baking?
Baking is usually a weekend activity with friends and family. Growing up, my mom would bake breads and sell them, which is also a great source of income for the family. A fun memory of baking with friends was on the weekends when we had garage sales, we would bake a great amount of cupcakes, cookies, and square cakes and sell them. Not only did we have a great sale on those days, we also had a lot of fun and fellowship with one another.
What is your favorite thing to bake?
My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies.
Does Guam have any holidays that involve a lot of baking?
Yes! Guam Discovery Day!
What happens on this holiday?
Guam Discovery day is on March 6th. Every year the island celebrates by baking or cooking traditional Chamorro food for everyone to enjoy. In the classrooms teachers usually work on activities that talk about Guam history.
What is a Chamorro?
Chamorro are those who originate from the Mariana Islands, including Guam.
What are some popular desserts in Guam?
Rosketti is a traditional Chamorro cookie. When you bite into it, it quickly melts in your mouth. Because of its starchiness, enjoying this yummy delight may require a tall glass of milk or water to wash it down.
Do you have any traditional recipes from Guam?
I hope you enjoyed this interview! I sure did! Enjoy making some traditional Chamorro recipes, I plan on baking some this week!