The Mermaid/Merman Gathering

One of my paying jobs is to teach water aerobics.  I have been teaching for a long, long time, and I love what I do.  It helps keep me in shape (or at least it used to) with all the cooking and eating I love to do.  One of the pools I work at is the beautiful outdoor pool in Wheat Ridge.  This is my favorite pool.  When the weather is scorching hot, like it has been all week, it is so refreshing to jump into this cool blue pool to help beat the heat.  Here in Colorado, our outdoor pools are seasonal, and are only open in the summers.  We all lament closing day, but rejoice when they open up again at the start of a new season.  We look forward to opening day of the new season the day we close the pool for the season with tears in our eyes.  My beautiful ladies that attend my outside classes have named us the Mermaid Club.  This year, we had our first merman too.  At the end of our mermaid season, we traditionally have a potluck party and everyone brings a ton of food to enjoy after class.  I have to work us extra hard on those days so we can burn off all those delicious calories we just know we are going to consume as soon as we get out of the pool.  We have so much fun at our mermaid/merman gatherings, that this year we decided to have two.  Our first one was held a couple of days ago.  As usual, there was so much good food and we all left feeling very, very full, although everything we brought was fairly healthy.

I am the lead mermaid, and am here in my natural habitat and environment, the water.  If I am not in the kitchen, I am swimming or diving somewhere in the waters around the world.


This year’s attendees and our scrumptious feast right before we dig in and it all disappears.  We were missing quite a few of our mermaids this time, but we all still enjoyed ourselves and ate way to much.  Hopefully everyone will be able to attend our next one, the last one of the 2019 season.







My friend and one of my original mermaid members, Kathy, is always so creative.  She brought this adorable layered tray with white chocolate dipped strawberries and gummy sharks and cherries, complete with a mermaid floating around on her pink flamingo at the surface of the shark tank.


Since I had so much of my vegetable escabeche leftover from the other day, Our Colorado Gaucho Grill that was one of my contributions to our feast.  Again, sticking to my Argentine theme for the week, I also made an Argentine salad with hearts of palm and shrimp, or ensalada de palmitos y camerones (stay tuned for details and the recipe for later.  Most probably tomorrow’s post).



Once again, we had a successful Mermaid/Merman party and season.  We have one more party for the season, and then our mermaid/merman tails will disappear and will return again next season.  I love all my mermaids and my new merman.  Thanks for yet another AWESOME season!  Just keep swimmin’, just keep swimmin’, just keep swimmin’.




Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

16 thoughts on “The Mermaid/Merman Gathering”

  1. Sounds fun! We have a pool in the Domaine open May to Nov (weather permitting) and someone gives twice-weekly water aerobics classes, no Mermaid feast though at the end of the season because we have a « no picnic » rule at the pool and there’s a restaurant.

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