When I was drawing a blank as to what to post for July and August, I decided to document my food for a day and share it with you. Delving into the culture a little more, I also decided to give making flour tortillas from scratch a go. I also documented that process and have pictures to show the process.
Now, what I’m going to share in pictures makes it looks a little more exciting than what I usually eat. I won’t lie – I’m lazy and cooking for one is not frequently on my list of things to do each day. Many times I just have a bowl of cereal (corn flakes, because their cheap and so am I) in the morning and make a pot of rice at lunch that lasts until dinner. (Oh, I know my carb intake is ridiculous…but I take my multivitamin to get some good stuff in me.)
I like to incorporate fruit into my breakfasts. Today I had an apple, a banana and a yogurt. Other times, like in my photo I really love a smoothie. From time to time peanut butter is available in the grocery store and a peanut butter/banana smoothie is so good. Other times peanut butter is scarce, so I’ll substitute yogurt. This is not at all a typical Honduran breakfast and very much what I have brought with my experience from home.
|Some of what I put in one of my smoothies - Milk, yogurt, a banana and some ice. Yummy!|
|Thanks to my dad for sending me down some Raider stadium cups, I can still rep the team I love!|
Lunch and dinner tend to have many of the same components. I try to incorporate more veggies during the later meals of the day. Just now for lunch I had some rice, beans and a chicken breast – well most of one, I like to share with my dog and cat. In the photo is a fairly typical Honduran lunch. Red beans, scrambled egg, a hunk of semi-dry cheese, mantequilla (which I’ve explained before – it’s like a mixture of sour cream and butter, but with a consistency of a runny sour cream), chicken bologna (my own addition because I try to get additional protein where I can and my grocer didn’t have any decent chicken cuts that week) and tortillas. Obviously, no meal is complete without a good dousing of hot sauce. I put it on everything, since I don’t even bother trying to season my food.
|Almost a ''plato típico''|
|The dry ingredients with the crater made, waiting for the water to be added. And my pot of beans cooking in the background.|
|The dough as I mixed it all over my fancy concrete countertop.|
|Letting it sit for awhile.|
|Ready to start pulling off chunks to make each tortilla.|
|So, these got out of order - this is the last step of cooking the tortilla.|
|Putting the ball of dough between two pieces of plastic to flatten it with a plate. The plastic prevents sticking.|
|Ready to cook.|
|And enjoy! (I have no vanity and no shame of posting unflattering pictures of myself anymore. Thank you Honduras!)|
And that my friends was a little glimpse into the culinary side of my life here in Honduras. Thanks for reading!
Hasta la proxima vez…