Monday, December 17, 2012

Food in El Salvador

 
                                  Food facts about El Salvador
          
  • Coffee is the most common drink among El Salvadorians. Restaurants are most often cafeterias, comedores.
  • Tamales are often eaten on special occasions, as is chumpe, turkey stewed in a sauce.
  • Staple foods in El Salvador are beans, rice, tortillas and tamales.
  • A traditional alcoholic drink is aguardiente, made from sugarcane.
  • Beer is brewed locally.
  • Teenagers usually drink gaseosas or sodas like Coca-cola.
  • Lunch is the largest and most important meal of the day.
  •  In August, people in El Salvador celebrate El Salvador del Mundo (the Savior of the World). It is a carnival that takes place and people enjoy large family feasts.
  • Their Christmas meal usually includes traditional tamales (sort of a corn dumpling wrapped in banana leaves), chicken or an American meal with turkey and ham.
  • Most of their food traditions come from the Mayans and Aztecs, but they are influenced a lot by European cultures.
  • Salvadorans buy meats, fruits, and vegetables every morning for the meals of the day because the freshness of their foods is really important to them.
 



Tres Leches Cake

This cake is very simple and easy to make. It's also very flavorful and spongy. It is made with three different types of milk; evaporated, condensed, and regular whole milk. That is why it is called "Three Milks Cake." It is a traditional Latin American white cake. Tres Leches Cake is eaten all over Central America for any occasion. A lot of people just make it out of the pure enjoyment it offers.

First your going to start by gathering all of your ingredients together. As you can see in the picture above, you will need a box of white or yellow cake mix, three whole eggs, a cup of cold water, a quarter cup of vegetable oil, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

 Before you do any mixing or adding of the ingredients though, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

You're going to start by adding all of those ingredients into a mix bowl. When you are done adding those things together, put it in a blender and mix it until the batter is smooth.

Then place it into a pan, put it in the oven, and let it cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

When it is all done, take it out of the oven and wait for it to cool. Let it sit for about 30 minutes.
Now it's time for the fun part. Take a toothpick and start poking holes all of the cake. It doesn't matter how many you do, as long as you cover the whole cake with holes.
Now that the cake if completely filled with holes, it's time to get your three milks.
You're going to take evaporated, condensed, and regular whole milk and whisk them all together into a bowl.

With the bowl of milks, take a measuring cup or any sort of cup and just pour the milk over the cake. The holes are there to help absorb all of the milk.
It should look a little like this when you are done pouring your milk all over the cake. It takes a bit too absorb into the cake but that is why you let it chill.
Place siran wrap onto the cake and put it into the refrigerator. Then let it chill overnight.
Finally when your cake is all done, you can add some fun touches to it. Add things like strawberries and whipped cream to enhance the flavor even more.
Here is the finished product of your Tres Leches Cake! It is really fun to make and I hope you will try it out!

Ingredients
  • Box of yellow or white cake mix.
  • 3 eggs.
  • 1 cup of cold water.
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • A toothpick.
  • Can of evaporated milk.
  • Can of condensed milk.
  • Cup of regular whole milk.
  • Whipped cream and strawberries (optional).
  Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix one box of white or yellow cake mix into a mixing bowl, adding 3 whole eggs.
  • Add one cup of water and a quarter of a cup of vegatable oil.
  • Add a teapoon of vanilla extract.
  • Use an eletric mixer and mix until the batter is smooth.
  • Place the batter into a pan and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • When it is done cooking, let it cool for a half an hour.
  • Get a toothpick and poke holes all over the cake.
  • Take evaporated, condensed, and regular whole milk and mix them together into a bowl.
  • Whisk all of the milks together.
  • Pour the milk all over the cake, and wait for it to absorb in.
  • Put siran wrap on and put it in the fridge.
  • Let it chill overnight.
  • Add some whipped cream, strawberries, and whatever else you want to add to make the cake more desirable.   



 it out someday. Cherish every bite of your cake. Enjoy!

Quesadilla Salvadorena

This Salvadoran quesadilla is a rich, dessert cake. It can usually be found in local bakeries or panaderías as they call them. This delightful dish is also very easy to make. You can use any kind of cheese with this, but Parmesan Cheese is encouraged.
 
 
First, gather all of you ingredients together. You will need one cup of flour, one cup of sugar, one cup of sour cream, four ounces of any kind of cheese (Parmesan is recommended), three eggs, one stick of butter, one teaspoon baking powder, and sesame seeds are optional.
 
 
The first thing you are going to do is get a mixing bowl. Take your stick of butter and one cup of sugar and mix them together until they become creamy. 

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Also, spray cooking spray or butter onto the pan that you're going to be using.
 
 
When that is creamy, slowly add your eggs into the mix.
 
 
Now, you're going to sift the one cup of flour and one teaspoon of baking powder. Add the one cup of sugar little by little.
 




When everything is mixed pretty good, add one cup of sour cream and parmesan cheese, mixing well.
 
 
Finally, when you are all done with mixing all of your ingredients together, pour the mixture into your pan and bake for a half an hour to 40 minutes. 

 



 
When it is done baking, take it out of the oven and wait a little bit for it to cool. When you think it is cool enough, cut it into small squares and it is ready to serve!
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • sesame seeds (optional)

                        Directions

  1. Mix butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add eggs one at the time.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder.
  4. Add to sugar mixture little by little.
  5. Add sour cream, Parmesan Cheese mixing well.
  6. Grease spring pan or baking dish with butter.
  7. Add mixture evenly.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 40 to 60 minutes.
 




Salsa Roja

In Spanish, all sauces are considered salsa. Salsa Roja is used very often as a dip for tortilla chips or served with tacos, grilled meats, and even fish. The people of Central and South America use and eat salsa pretty much on a daily basis. To them, it is just another condiment that everyone uses regulary like ketchup and mustard is to most Americans. These people did not create salsa though, it was originally from the Aztecs as far back as 3000 BC. They combined chiles with tomatoes to make salsa. I am going to create some of my own Salsa Roja with this simple recipe.


First, you are going to heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium flame.


Add 1/4 cup of chopped onions, one clove of garlic,and one cup of jalapeno chile peppers. You will want to saute these for two to three minutes.

 
Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool for bit.
 
 
Puree the tomato sauce in a blender until smooth. You can add a little water if needed.
 
 
Stir in the tomato sauce cilantro into the mixture and the salsa is ready to serve! Enjoy!
 
Salsa Roja                                                                                                                          
 
   Ingredients                                                                                                             
   
 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  1/4 cup of chopped onion 
   1 clove of chopped garlic
1 cup of jalapeno chile pepper    
 2 cups of chopped tomatoes
  2 teaspoons of oregano
  1/4 cup of cilantro 
 Directions                                                                                                                  
 
         
1.       Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium flame.

2.       Add the onion,  garlic and chile and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

3.       Stir in the tomatoes and oregano simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool a bit.

4.       Puree the tomato sauce in a blender until smooth, adding a little water if needed. Add salt pepper  to taste, stir in blanco.