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Bolón de Verde: Ecuadorean Green Plantain Dumplings

By |December 9th, 2009|

A good bolón de verde (boh-LOHN deh VEHR-deh) and a cup of black coffee, a.k.a., un cafecito are a superb way to start your day.  Traditionally eaten for breakfast, these green plantain dumplings are consumed throughout the entire country, and are affordable and accessible to the entire Ecuadorean population.

My nana used to make […]

Empanada de Verde con Queso: Ecuadorean Green Plantain Patties Stuffed with Cheese

By |November 13th, 2009|

Empanadas de Verde (em-pah-NAH-dahs deh VEHR-deh) are a staple food in the Ecuadorean diet.  Made from green plaintains, empanadas de verde are usually eaten for breakfast, accompanied with a cafecito, or black coffee.  These green plaintain patties are filled with cheese, but can also be filled with a ground beef and raisin mixture, […]

Ayacas de Pollo: Ecuadorean Chicken Tamales wrapped in Banana Leaves

By |October 27th, 2009|

Ayacas de Gallina (ah-YAH-cahs deh gah-YEE-nah) is one of the Ecuadorean versions of the Mexican tamale. The ayacas, different to the traditional tamales, are wrapped in banana leaves and are very typical in the coastal regions of Ecuador, where I am from. Humitas (ooh-MEE-tahs) resemble more the traditional Mexican tamale as they are wrapped in […]

Is it time for breakfast? Is it time for desert? It is time for both!: Banana Nut Muffins

By |October 6th, 2009|

So here’s the scenario – I have 6 bananas sitting on my counter that have seen better days, and half a bag of walnuts in the fridge… This only means one thing: Banana Nut Muffins!

I have been eating banana bread for many years, although I don’t think I had it until I came to the […]

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