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Achiote and Refrito

In my Ecuadorean recipes, I always talk about using Achiote, a.k.a., annato-infused oil, and refrito as bases for Ecuadorean cuisine.  I thought it would be appropriate to include a few pictures of what these two look like, and how to make them.

I normally make achiote (ah-CHOH-teh) on the spot.  I remember […]

By |November 11th, 2009|Condiments, Recipes|Comments Off on Achiote and Refrito

Rice with Sausage and Beans

Rice with Sausage and Beans is one of my top comfort foods.  When I’ve had one of those days, I know I can count on a warm bowl of this deliciousness to calm me down and make me happy.

Well – yesterday, I had one of those days.  Coding in Blogger got […]

By |November 10th, 2009|Entrees, Recipes|Comments Off on Rice with Sausage and Beans

Tallarín de Carne: Ecuadorean Spaghetti, with T’s Twist

Growing up, we used to eat Tallarín (tah-yah-REEN), at least once a week, and in different variations – we will explore those in later postings. More often than not, the sauce for the Tallarín de Carne contained ground beef because it was fairly inexpensive and quite accessible. Growing up in Ecuador, we really […]

By |November 5th, 2009|Entrees, Recipes|2 Comments

Arroz con Pollo: Ecuadorean Chicken and Rice

Arroz con Pollo (ah-ROS cohn POH-yoh) is such a delicious and hearty meal, full of flavors and veggies – and chicken of course. Growing up, my memories of eating Arroz con Pollo were at my friends’ “Matinés” (pronounced matinées), the Ecuadorean equivalent of kids’ birthday parties which happened during the day. I also […]

By |November 1st, 2009|Entrees, Recipes|Comments Off on Arroz con Pollo: Ecuadorean Chicken and Rice

Tarta de Maduro: Sweet Plaintain Pie

Our local supermarket tends to have decent deals on plaintains – 6 for $1.99. I usually buy too many – 4 this time – and they start to ripen very quickly. When I had this happen last time, I made Chucula, and I made it in a pudding-like consistency rather than traditionally smooth […]

By |October 30th, 2009|Desserts, Recipes|1 Comment