When in doubt, “rico” it out.
Que rico! is a phrase that could be applied to many situations, and although it isn’t as widely comprehensive as pura vida, it’s pretty useful. The phrase literally translates to “how rich.” And I’m about to introduce you to something you’ll want to say que rica about: my host momma’s cookin’, and the cooking I’ve been blessed to learn about through my programa.
Yes, friends, this is a food post!!
I have not been taking pictures of all my meals, as my friend, Sarita, has been doing. But here we go! Some of my favorites so far.
Huevo frito, dos rebanadas de tostada, carambola (yummm), café, y mantequilla de mani y mermelada de guayaba (creo).Fried egg, two pieces of toast, starfruit, coffee, and peanut butter and guayaba jam (I’m pretty sure…maybe it’s guayaba jam?)
El almuerzo que tuvimos para el cumple de mi Hermana tica, Melissa My sister Melissa’s birthday lunch 1.30.16 filet minion en salsa de ongos, una ensalada, y pure (y, por supuesto, un queque y helado!) Filet minion in mushroom sauce (with mushrooms), a salad, and mashed potatoes (and a cake and ice cream , of course!) Lo siento que no hay una foto del queque, pero era MUY rico (: Sorry, no picture of the cake, but it was DELISH
Mi desayuno favorite. Estuve tan emocionada que no tome una foto clara. My fave breakfast so far. I was so excited about los pancakes that I didn’t realize my finger was in the top! Aqui tenemos panqueques de banana, carambola, y jugo de naranja. Banana pancakes, starfruit, and orange juice (which is different than the juice in the States, by the way!)
Ayy que rico, que dulce! Pear juice, so yummy, so sweet, definitely had sugar added.
“Tostada francesa” Any guesses what this might be? French Toast! With Agave nectar instead of syrup, papaya and my usual coffee in the Snoopy mug 🙂 Desayuno 2.2.16
Café café café! No habia tomado tanto café en mi vida! A veces, tomamos café de Costa Rica, pero tambien traye café de Flagstaff, AZ, de Macy’s Coffee Shop para que mi familia tica pueda probarlo. They love it, which is saying a lot since CR is bien famoso for their coffee. (Sometimes we have CR coffee, but I also brought my family coffee from Macy’s Coffee Shop in Flagstaff, which they love! They complemented us on how strong and delightful it was! And of course have told me many times that it is bien *rico*
I am no professional food photographer, but I hope you appreciate how well my host family feeds me. Dinners are yummy too, I just don’t usually stop to take a picture after a long day! I’d much rather enjoy the deliciousness presented to me with so much love and selflessness, so these pictures are merely a glimpse into how sweet and good my family is to me.
We also had a cooking class last week: un taller de cocina (cooking workshop). We made traditional Costa Rican foods and were given the recipes which we can take home to the States and spread the delicious love! (That’s right Flagstaff and CUA dorm kitchens: I’m comin for ya with the good stuff!)
Se llama una “chorreador” Ticos take café chorreado, which means, well, there’s not a direct translation, but the word chorreado comes from the verb chorrear, which translates roughly to “to drip”. So it is drip-coffee! The wooden frame that you see is called a chorreador, a dripper 😉 The woman on the right is Flor, the owner of the house where we took our class. In the middle is Shirley, a family friend, and on the left is Daphne.
Haciendo tortillas alineadas. Tortillas with things added 😉 only cheese and dough, but very very delicious!!!!! The “stovetop” we were cooking on could be changed from low to medium to high heat, based on how much of the flame was covered by super hot metal circles.
A lovely photograph of your typical water glass…
Tres chefitos 🙂 Three little chefs!
Jugo de caz. Don’t be confused by the green color. It was deliciously refreshing! My host mom made some today, and I drank it with dinner. Muy tropical
What’s that you’re saying? You want another set of pictures? Oh, fiiiine. (If you scroll your mouse over the pictures and click on them, they each have captions!)
A little piece of homemade bread, with delicious, sweet, RICO mermelada on top! This was guayaba y caz jam. Made no where else in the world. Literally.
Limones mandarinas. Grown nowhere but Central America! We squeezed the juice from this into our chimichurri (pico de gallo salsa)
Loved the little message – very Costa Rica, even the English (their number one profit is off of tourists like me!)
Jen, Maria (Autumn, the photobomber), and our yummy food! This is gallo pinto (the rice & beans mix) and chimichurri (pico de gallo salsa)
The cooking class crew! This is about half of the whole group. I can’t see everyone in the picture, but from right to left… Jen, Maria Clara, Anna, Austin, Abbie, Tristan, Megan, Morrissa, Marrissa, Siera (maybe? cannot see!) Kelsey, Meagan, Kaleigh, Tara, Maria, and some others were also there! I’ll get a picture with everyone soon!
Enjoying my empanada de platano con frijoles y queso, in a hammock in Flor y Jorge’s beautiful front yard. (Empanada shell: only plantain. Insides: beans and cheese!) Hammock: peaceful, beautiful, blessed
Mi prestino 🙂
Before and after: these are prestinos (with a swirly line over the n, but I can’t type tildes on wordpress!) The tiny paper thin dough that the others have over their hand turned into something like a Mexican sopapilla after a few minutes in a hot pan with oil. Then they poured miel de cana (another tilde needed in cana)
Ok, that’s quite a few food pictures! Soon, I’ll also want to share some of my flower photos, and a few more stories from my experience so far!
God has, of course, made Himself present in everything and everyone here. My group is wonderful, I’m feeling healthy and good, my family is more than I could have asked for (and I get to meet my other host sister on Sunday!), and God has provided all that I may live this life with abundance.
Food is always important in any culture. And I am glad I have the blessing of exploring this culture of Costa Rica with my taste buds. Que rico, no?
Ayude a Melissa algun dia, cuando hicimos burritos para nosotras y mi mama tica! I helped Melissa make burritos for the two of us and our tica mom one day! So fun, so good to be in the kitchen, helping out, being an active member of the family! 1.23.16
Helado, Melissa, Oscar, and I (Ice cream , my host sister, my host papi, and me!)