Llapingachos are seasoned potato patties seasoned filled with cheese. It has been over 15 years since I have eaten llapingacho – as a matter of fact today is the first time I have ever made it. I am very glad I did, especially because my husband loved them so much, he could not stop eating […]
I L.O.V.E this meal. Menestra is a traditional Ecuadorean lentil stew, although I remember eating menestras made with black or pinto beans as well. Menestra uses aliño and refrito as a base; this is where all the flavor comes from.
My nana used to soak the lentils overnight, but I have found that as long as […]
On the weekends, my husband and I love to take a stroll down the streets of SoHo in New York City. We begin by visiting our old neighborhood of Tribeca, and walking up along Broadway in the middle of all the craziness. While we try to avoid Chinatown, we have realized it is virtually impossible […]
When I got married, I was determined to introduce my husband to all the delicious flavors Ecuador has to offer, but I had no idea where to start. Enter my aunt who passed onto me her “Seco de Pollo” (SEH-coh deh PO-yo) recipe, using a “1 item formula”. What do you mean? This means the […]
I created this non-Ecuadorean concoction a couple of weeks ago when I realized I was running out of groceries. This highlights the importance of keeping your pantry stocked with canned and dry goods – you can whip something up in no time. I also keep frozen vegetables in my freezer, usually peas and soybeans – […]