Making Arepas

11 Feb
Columbian Arepas

Columbian Arepas*

Dana and I have made a point of joining book groups, hiking groups and taking courses in the five places visited on our adventure. It is a good way to get to know local people, make friends and find out about the hidden delights of where we visit.

In Santa Barbara, I am taking conversational Spanish and Dana is taking cooking classes. Last night the menu for Dana’s class included:

Columbian Arepas

Chile Verde Mexican Style

Chile Rellenos

Mexican Rice

Peruvian Beans

Tomatillo-Morita Salsa

Nopales Salad

Peruvian Rice Pudding

Cafe de Olla

We thought you would enjoy these images of the process and the delicious product.

Chile Verde

Chile Verde

Chili being stuffed

Chili and cheese stuffing

Deep frying the relleno

Deep frying the relleno

Chili Rellenos

Chili Rellenos

Peruvian Beans

Peruvian Beans

Nopales Salad

Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus) Salad

Peruvian Rice Pudding

Peruvian Rice Pudding

La Cena (The Dinner)

La Cena (The Dinner)

And Dana brought home the left-overs so I get to sample everything. Deelish!

*Columbian Arepas are Columbian style cornbread with cheese.

8 Responses to “Making Arepas”

  1. joyce tate February 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Wow … my taste buds are on high alert! Want some … NOW

    • Jill February 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      We’ll have to FedEx them.

  2. Marilynn February 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    You guys are an inspiration! I love how you just jump right in and avail yourselves of the local culture and everything that interests you! Sounds like you are really enjoying your Santa Barbara journey. Is it different from when you lived there before?

    Also, the food looks DIVINE! My mouth is watering!!!

    • Jill February 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      So glad you are here enjoying the adventure with us. As far as the difference…many things are familiar but our attitude is different as we are now retired. When we lived here for twelve years, we were both working. Though we are not ready to join the Lawn Bowls Club, we do take life a little easier. We have the time to chat with people and visit the places we might not have seen or experienced when we lived here eight years ago.

  3. Eleni Cahn (Leni) February 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    OMG, so delicious looking. I am lusting for all of it.
    You guys really know how to settle into a community. We once took cooking lessons in New Orleans, it is a fun thing to do.
    Thanks for the entertaining blog!

    • Jill February 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      I love this cuisine. We went to an excellent neighborhood Italian restaurant the other night ‘Ca Dario. It was terrific. Santa Barbara has many good restaurants. There is a Peruvian one we want to try. I am planning on going to Peru in June with my Spanish class from Santa Fe Community College.

  4. Ursula Freer February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Yummy! Jill are those your cool silver nails?

    • Jill February 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

      Nope. It’s one of Dana’s classmates.

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