Here's one for Scott
Of course you can come and visit us. And you can eat mangoes every day as well as passion fruit, cas, cashiews and bananas. My next door neighbor grows avocados and the neighbor behind me grows platanos (plantanes) . I trade them oranges and yucca.
my grand daughter introduced me to plantain's and she made them delicious.
The things we get here that are called avocados ( at $1.00 each ) I would prefer to put into a compost pile. I did buy a mango yesterday for $2.49..I will gobble it down making 2 servings in a couple of days. one serving will just e a bowl of fruit while the other I will make the other half into Mango chicken.
I never ate Yucca nor saw it in the stores here in Washington state.
You never know if Oly and Shannon move to your country and I visit them
I might write you and say did you mean it when you said come visit
and we'll feed you fruit and nuts!
Oh Yeah, I did mean come visit. We would get along really, really well and I could translate between you and Julie. I think that Yucca is called Manioc in the United States. I pay NOTHING for Mangoes and Avocados and Bananas and Platanos. With the Platanos (Plantains) it is really good to cut them into wide slices and boil them for about 5 minutes. Then smash them flat, drain them well and fry them in pork fat until they are crunchy. Dip them in some kind of sauce like mayonnaise and lime juice.
Oh yeah, next time you see Mangoes in the supermarket that are green......buy them. In their green state they are a vegetable. They taste a lot like celery.
my Mexican style Spanish is poor but I get along well with any person that tries to teach me their language because we laugh together at my goof ups. My Lithuanian was not too good and my Chinese poor... I think they are pleased that at least I do try. I never spoke Spanish to Oli but they both have taught my 4 year old great grandson the Spanish language and English so when they visit Costa Rico he can communicate with grandma and grandpa.
I always ate mango ripe and it is succulent and juicy..we do like it in chicken. Shannon sliced the Plantanos and fried them with some sugar for breakfast
When you take the bus in Costa Rica, there is always someone who gets on the bus selling something to drink or eat. Green mangoes are very popular and I buy them often. Also popular are platano chips. They look just like potato chips and are served with chilero. These really taste good.
What is chilero?
A chunky hot spicy sauce?
Yes, chilero is a chunky Tabasco type sauce. Depending on the maker, it can melt your face. It is a staple in our house but we always test it carefully to determine what kind of fire it has.
oh yes test the sauce first
Yes, Craig, we are in the middle of our summer here. Daylight temperatures are in the mid to upper 90's. I am used to the tropical climate but it still burns our butts. To think of snow or ice is science fiction to us. And, you are right.....our growing season is 365 days a year. Right now we have more oranges in our yard than we can eat. People love the oranges and trade me some really good stuff for them like Avocados, bananas, platanos (plantains) and limes.
You should visit Costa Rica. We are extremely popular as a tourist country but we are also the most expensive country in Central America. But we way, WAY les expensive than the United States.
Oh, yeah, in the first paragraph I said that our temperatures were in the 90's. This is true where I live in southwest Costa Rica. In the mountainous cities it is in the upper 80's.
I think most people like macaroni and cheese so today
I made some from scratch adding a bit of spice and broccoli.
None of that nasty stuff in a box comes through these doors.
One serving in my tummy and the other into the freezer
for later on when Chris calls me to go tend her Mom.
then I went outside ( yippie it's 55 here today ) and
started pruning more trees and bushes that have not
been tended to for over 15 years. they will miss me
when I leave but I must continue on my mission.
We are a very happy country, Craig. I have been here for over 18 years and become a naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. And, yes, there are quite a few American and Canadian citizens living here. They do, however, tend to live in English speaking enclaves so I don't see them much anymore.
We call that pastry you made Enchilada (but it isn't). I make them from pie crust dough with cooked pork, potatoes, carrots and onions. I have to hide a couple of them in the oven because my family will eat them all.