Latin American Cuisine – A Colombian Breakfast

Latin American Cuisine – A Colombian Breakfast

In this report, I will speak about the cuisine of Colombia, specifically the breakfast that is eaten in Medellin, Colombia. You will also find out some helpful Spanish terms these types of as how to say egg whites and egg yolks in Spanish.

At the very least as soon as a month and occasionally 2 times a thirty day period, I will acquire an e mail from a shopper who desires to know extra about the culture of Colombia, especially about “Paisas,” the men and women of Medellín, Colombia.

I could go on and on without end telling you about Medellín. Most persons imagine of Medellín, Colombia as the metropolis that was as soon as known for becoming the most hazardous town in the earth (just 20 several years in the past — during the rule of former billionaire drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar).

But these days Medellin is a metropolis with sprawling superior-increase properties, lovely spring-like weather conditions, pleasant people, a night time-everyday living (which I get pleasure from even additional than significant towns in the U.S. these as New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta) and, of course, a metropolis with strikingly beautiful women in all places. But in this e mail, I will only converse about “el desayuno paisa” (breakfast of Medellín).

By the way, a typical breakfast in Colombia varies from one particular metropolis to one more. But this is a typical “desayuno” (breakfast) in Medellín or “desayuno paisa”:

1. Huevos con aliños (also termed “huevos con hogao”)

“Huevos” are eggs. And “huevos con aliños” consist of “huevos revueltos” (scrambled eggs) with “tomate y cebolla” (tomato and onion).

By the way, when I lived on the coast of Colombia, in a town termed Barranquilla, the expression that they used for scrambled eggs is “huevos pericos.”

Whilst we are on the subject of “huevos” in this article are a couple text that English speakers typically say wrong in Spanish. On far more than just one event, I have listened to a native English speakers use a literal translation when referring to “egg whites.”

You do NOT simply call them “los blancos de huevos.” And when I initial commenced discovering Spanish, I the moment termed the yolk “the yellow of an egg” pretty much. Below are the accurate text:

a. Claras de huevo (egg whites — pretty much “clears of the egg”)

b. Yema de huevo (egg yolk)

Back to the common “desayuno paisa”…

2. Arepa de maíz con mantequilla — Corn arepa with butter. An arepa is a tortilla built of ground corn dough and it is well-known in each Colombia and Venezuela.

3. Quesito — a white, incredibly fresh new, comfortable cheese.

4. Calentao — this is a combination of the “frijoles” (beans) that are remaining around from the evening before and the “arroz” (rice) that is left around from the night time before.

5. “Salchicha” (sausage) or “Chorizo” (spicy sausage) or a slice of “Carne Asada” (grilled meat). And the grilled meat can be a option of both “vaca, puerco o pollo” (beef, pork or chicken).

6. Café con leche (Espresso with milk) or “chocolate” (very hot chocolate) or “jugo” (juice).

In a cafe, this “desayuno” (breakfast) fees about 6.000 or 7.000 Colombian pesos. About $3.00 or $3.50 U.S.

By the way, this early morning I cooked a usual “desayuno paisa” for me and my “novia” (girlfriend). As typical, I skipped the “arepa” and set a few of slices of “pan” (bread) in the “tostador” (toaster) and designed “tostada” (toast).

I think I am a single of the handful of men and women in Medellín who possess a toaster. And as standard, my “novia” did not eat the “tostada” and she cooked an “arepa” for herself on a small “parrilla” (grill) around the “estufa” (stove) and coated it with “mantequilla” (butter), and then she set a pair of slices of “quesito” (clean, white cheese standard of Medellin) on top.

I advised her one day that I am likely to cook her a “desayuno” Gringo-design:

Blueberry pancakes or waffles or, french toast with turkey bacon. A breakfast which I individually desire about “desayuno paisa” any morning. Which describes why at least at the time a week I go to the McDonalds in this article in the early morning in purchase to consume pancakes smothered in “jarabe” (syrup) and “mantequilla” (butter). And never allow me get started out on how substantially I overlook New York pizza or a Philly cheese steak.

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