Learning to cook in another country has been one of the most difficult challenges to overcome. Especially coming from the U.S. where foods come in pre-prepared packages (canned soups, mac n' cheese, spices in a plastic container) and the microwave is a best friend to many! While it hasn't been easy…I can now testify and say…IT CAN BE DONE!!
We obviously eat a bit different to the majority of families that live here in Sucua…I (Jill) have taken what I know (from the US) and have been able to adapt some recipes to work here. I've also learned how to make some of the typical dishes here.
This will be a post that I update often as I take more pictures of our meals!
1. Scrambled eggs with tomatoes/green peppers…however, NO cheese! We get cheese here in Ecuador, but not cheddar or american.
2. Arroz con Huevo: Rice with an egg and some cow cheese mixed in! This is our most typical breakfast (3-4 mornings). Take left over rice from the day before and put it in a frying pan with some oil. Then crack an egg and starting mixing (like scrabbled eggs), then bust out some cow cheese (that's what Jill calls it, because it is so fresh it smells like straight from the cow) and sprinkle over the top so it melts. This breakfast is not complete without some ketchup on the side!
3. Cereal: We have a few varieties of cereal to choose from, but because it is an imported food it is usually pretty expensive (usually $5 a box). Eating cereal is a treat!
4. Pancakes: We usually make pancakes once a week, but we ration the syrup! Syrup is becoming more common in the stores, but again it's imported so a small bottle of syrup is about $3.