Friday, March 16, 2012

Costa Rica Prep #2

We are learning about Costa Rica this month, so we prepared traditional dishes at our house: Gallo Pinto, Melange, and Queque Seco. Of Gallo Pinto, Vegetarian Times says, "natives say there are as many recipes for Gallo Pinto as there are Costa Ricans. This rice-and-beans dish, which translates as "spotted rooster," is eaten with gusto by the majority of the population every sing day - often for breakfast - and there are those who eat it at every meal."

K is researching why Costa Rica is one of the world's "Blue Zones," where people commonly live active lives over the age of 100; this meal and the enthusiasm with which it was met likely carry some clues!

Afterward, G was apparently inspired, for as I chatted on the phone with my Dad, she got out a sharp knife, bowl, and lots of fruit and prepared her own fruit salad. Her older sister saw her at work and got involved, too. I probably would have over-supervised the cutting (I worry a lot), but I was aware-but-distracted by my conversation and so left them only distantly supervised. They worked long and hard without an accident or conflict and their salad was original (pears, tomatoes, apples, bananas, and sugar) and actually quite good!

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