Friday, November 09, 2001
Hola Amigos y Familia,
One of our favorite things about being in Costa Rica was the new and delicious food. Several of you asked for recipes, so here they are. Here's a short description of the recipes.
(Recipes to be posted soon.)
Breadfruit bread – an unusual sweet bread using very ripe breadfruit.
Budin - a dessert that is a cross between bread pudding and flan. It has a moist, brownie-like texture. Not low calorie; partly to blame for the way my shorts are fitting now.
Chalupas - pureed black beans on a crisp corn tortilla with a lime tomato salsa. Very tasty for such a simple food.
Choriadas - corn pancakes made from fresh pureed corn. Delicious!
Egg loaf - the Villa Decary breakfast special made of eggs, milk, vegetables, cheese and croutons. Good with or without the egg loaf salsa.
Egg loaf salsa - a barbeque-like sauce that can be used on the egg loaf.
Gallo pinto - popular beans and rice dish that is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Macadamia butter crisps - thin, sweet bars topped with macadamias. Very tasty!
Papaya and potato tacos - adapted from a dish served at a nearby restaurant (Toad Hall), this unusual combination of flavors was one of our favorite meals in Costa Rica.
Papaya seed dressing - this delicious dressing uses the peppery seeds from the papaya. Even if the papayas in the US are tasteless, the seeds are worth the purchase price.
Shrimp and papaya patties - sort of like crab cakes in texture, but not in taste. A hit with the family.
Tamarind ginger salsa - if you can ever find tamarind seeds with pulp intact in the US, this is a great use for them. We used this flavorful salsa on fish, pork and papaya and potato tacos. I think I will miss tamarinds as much as the howler monkeys. Jim said he would miss the tamarinds more. He can eat a tamarind, but he doesn't want to eat a monkey. For Jim, it's all about food.
Un abrazo y un beso,
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