Now We’re Cooking! Traditional Horno Demonstrations At Farmer’s Market All Summer
ESPAÑOLA – Monday morning found Dexter Trujillo of Abiquiu and a group of youth and volunteers firing up the horno, or traditional adobe oven at the Española Farmer’s Market for the first time this year.
Every Monday this July and half of August this group will meet at the Farmer’s Market and spend the day tending the fire and baking a variety of dishes in this traditional cooking system. This week the recipes included biscochitos, calabacitas and pizza.
The horno was originally built in 2010 by Trujillo and an earlier group of student volunteers. “We do it to show people how the traditional horno is used,” said Trujillo. “It takes some time to do but nothing tastes better than food cooked in an horno.” Trujillo explained that it takes two and a half hours to get the fire and oven hot enough to bake. The first time of the year the team also has to plaster the opening and chimney with a mud, four and straw mixture.
Horno crew members on Monday included Dexter Trujillo and Maurice Archuleta, along with Justina Trujillo (9th grade from Abiquiu), Chavela Trujillo (12th grade from Abiquiu), Brian Cuellar (9th grade from Española ), Arellana Valdez (9th grade from Española ), Genesis Romero (9th grade from Española ), and Edith Lopez (8th grade from Nambe).