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Semana Santa

Easter Sunday (Pascua or Domingo de Resurrección) is a day of celebration and food is always a part of the festivities, including lots of chocolate Easter eggs. 

South American Food Spotlight10

Brazilian Marshmallow Candy: Maria-mole

Sunday April 20, 2014

Brazilian Marshmallow Candy - Maria-mole
This soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy is easier to make than you might think, and homemade marshmallows taste so much better than the store bought kind. You can also color/flavor them with flavored gelatin, and you can also pipe them into molds or freeform shapes.
Recipe for Maria-mole (Brazilian Marshmallow Candy)

Falso Conejo

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Falso Conejo - Bolivian Steak and Onions

Anyone happen to know why this traditional Bolivian dish of breaded steak, sautéed onions, and vegetables is called falso conejo ("faux rabbit")?

It's a mystery.

But it is a delicious, satisfying meal, and rabbits need not worry. I made a version of this dish with breaded sliced tofu in place of the beef for the vegetarians in the family, and it was also quite tasty.

Sweet Cream Empanadas

Saturday April 12, 2014

Sweet Cream Empanadas - Guatamalan Empanadas de Leche
These empanadas have a crisp, sweet cornmeal crust, and are filled with manjar de leche, a vanilla and cinnamon flavored pastry cream. They are a popular treat during the week leading up to Easter (Semana Santa) in Guatamala.

Recipe for Sweet Cream Empanadas - Guatamalan Empanadas de Leche

Fanesca - Ecuadorian Easter Soup

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Fanesca - Ecuadorian Easter Soup
Fanesca is special Ecuadorian dish served only during the week leading up to Easter. It's an elaborate, rich stew made with twelve different beans and grains (to represent the 12 disciples), salt cod (fish for Good Friday), squash, and other vegetables.
Fanesca - Ecuadorian Easter Soup
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