November - Latin America

As you might already have noticed, Communiquè is all about Latin America this month. Before writing this article, I have to admit, I first had to find out what exactly belongs to Latin America.
Latin America consists of 20 countries and 13 different dependencies. Basically, it is generally understood to consist of the entire continent of South America in addition to Mexico , Central America , and the Caribbean islands whose inhabitants speak a Romance language . It is a pretty interesting region with a looooot of history, but I would like to focus on one of the most appealing and obvious facets: the food. Let me take you on a snackventure in that beautiful region.

First, a very delicious snack in the Latin American cuisine is the Empanada. It contains of fried or baked bread or pastry that can be stuffed with meat, cheese, huitlacoche, “corn smut”, vegetables or
fruits, among other fillings. You can either order a savoury or a sweet option, so you can basically get very creative with it and add your very own style, vegetarian or not.

Being a wild snackventurer and having Empanadas as an appetiser, I can recommend you having Feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish. It is a stew consisting of black beans, pork and/or beef, and usually served with rice, vegetables, sausages such as chorizo, morcela, and farinheira. There are a lot of other side dishes, such as farofai, which is a toasted manioc flavour. Online I found the tip to combine it with a Caipririnha, Brazil’s national cocktail, or batida, which is also popular in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

For the vegetarians or vegans here, I present you Cauliflower Ceviche. It is usually made with fish, but the link below is for a receipt without any animal products. Ceviche translates to “fish cut in tiny pieces“, and it is not entirely clear where it originates from, Peru or Ecuador.

Finally, we come to the most important part: the dessert. And if you say you cannot eat anything anymore because your tummy is full, I have good news for you: everyone knows that dessert does
not go into the stomach, it goes to the heart. So good luck with that excuse. My personal favourites are Churros, also called the Spanish Donuts. They are a similar in the making process, consisting of dough being fried and dipped in sugar.
Originally, they are an Arabic tradition, but due to colonisation they ended up being a Spanish dish that was then introduced in Latin America. You can enjoy them with different additions, for example vanilla sauce, chocolate sauce, Nutella, or just cinnamon. If you do not feel like making them yourself, they have excellent ones on the market in Enschede, every Tuesday and Saturday.

And when you are craving something a little more healthy, there is something for you as well: Arroz con leche, a rice pudding. You can combine it with all kinds of fruits or nuts, there are various combinations. This dish has been adopted in several cultures, and they are several different recipes for that, the ingredients depending on where it is from.

And if you feel like going on vacation in Latin America, here are some helpful sentences for
ordering food. Spanish and Portuguese are the predominant languages, but there are a lot of
different languages, even French and Dutch.

Spanish: I am allergic to X. - Tengo alérgia a X.
Portuguese: Uma cerveja, por favor. - One beer, please.
Spanish: Me muero de hambre. - I am starving.
Portuguese: Foi um jantar delicioso. - It was a delicious dinner.
Spanish: Buenas tardes. ¿Qué me recomienda? - Good afternoon. What do you recommend?

Now: try for yourself and discover the Latin American cuisine! If you use one of the recipes, please share it so we can see it and tag it with #CommuniSnack so we alllll can appreciate your snackspertise! As you are probably a regular and not a master chef, of course you may vary some of the ingredients. You are still a valid snackventurer. ¡Que aproveche! (Enjoy your meal!)

Banana Empanadas
Cheesy Chicken Empanadas
Cauliflower Ceviche
Arroz con leche

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