This is a delicious and popular dish around Colombia and some people consider it the Colombian version of Spanish Paella. Filled with chorizo, ham, seafood, chicken and pork and not to mention seasoned rice, it is a hearty dish with a little bit of everything for everyone.
Almost every Sunday afternoon while growing up in Colombia, my family would get together at my grandmother's house. Cousins, uncles, aunts, and my immediate family would all gather and enjoy Mamita's cooking. There were times that those family gatherings would be for something special, like birthdays, holidays, or to celebrate an achievement. That’s when Mamita would pull out the best and most festive Colombian recipes. This Colombian stylePernil Asadois one of those dishes.
Colombian-Style Pernil Asado, is pork leg, marinated in a sauce made with beer, onion, garlic, scallions, red bell pepper, achiote and cumin, then slow roasted in the oven for hours. A few minutes at the end of the slow roasting time crisps up the skin and you will have a hard time deciding if you like the tender meat or the crackling skin better!
Breakfast in Colombia is a big deal, and I mean that both figuratively and literally! When I was growing up, my mom would cook a large, hot breakfast for the entire family almost every day of the week. The meal usually consisted of some combination of arepas, eggs, cheese and meat, along with hot chocolate, and on some days, there would even be rice and beans! Years later, nothing has changed. Whenever I go to Colombia to visit my family, my mom makes the same warm, filling, and comforting breakfast every morning.
Paletas may come in a wide variety of flavors but this recipe for Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles) has everything you could want all in one paleta. A creamy sweet blend of sweetened condensed milk, cream and milk gives a silky rich texture to the pops while a hefty dose of fresh lime juice and zest make them mouth-puckeringly perfect.
It seems everyone is talking about and cooking with quinoa these days, also known as quinua in Spanish. The name is derived from the Quechua Spanish word "Kinwa" or "Qin-wah" and originates from the Andean region of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia.
Quinoa, Salmon and Avocado Salad is a dish full of heart healthy ingredients. Nutty warm quinoa is mixed with tomatoes, red onion, herbs and a tangy lime vinaigrette before being topped with rich salmon and creamy avocado.
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