Feb 5 2013

Recipes

Ajiaco Bogotano Soup from Colombia, Passion fruit tea from Kenya, Empanadas from Colombia, Ticucos from Honduras

Cooking a meal native to your sponsored friend’s ethnic cuisine is a great way to walk in solidarity with them! Here is a collection of recipes from the countries where we work, submitted by CFCA staffers and sponsored friends.

After sampling food from your friend’s country, consider writing about your meal in your next letter. You could also ask what your friendís favorite food is, and why.

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How to make empanadas from Colombia (recipe)

Celina is a mother to two sponsored children in Colombia, and for her, empanadas are her livelihood. She took out a loan through her mothers group to start a business selling empanadas and coffee. (CFCA serves more than 22,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia.) Celina used the income from her business to purchase her first home. Celina shares her …
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How to make ‘ajiaco bogotano’ soup from Colombia (recipe)

CFCA serves more than 22,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia. Many sponsored children in Bogota like to eat “ajiaco bogotano” soup with their families on special occasions such as Christmas, Easter or a birthday lunch. Martha, member and leader of a CFCA mothers group in Bogota, Colombia, teaches us how to prepare “ajiaco bogotano,” a delicious and traditional chicken …
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How to make ‘indio viejo’ stew (Nicaragua recipe)

CFCA serves more than 10,000 sponsored children and elderly in Nicaragua. Our staff members there sent us this tasty recipe for “indio viejo,” or a corn-based, slow-cooked stew! The Nicaraguan people are experts at making a variety of food dishes based on corn. This is a culture inherited from their ancestors. In rural communities, corn-based meals are consumed daily. One …
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How to make ticucos from Honduras (recipe)

CFCA serves more than 17,000 sponsored children and elderly in Honduras. Our staff members there sent us this beautiful recipe for ticucos! This recipe serves approximately 6 people. Ingredients: 2 lbs. corn flour or “masa”* 1 lb. cooked, small white or red beans (frijoles*) 1/2 lb. cooked kidney beans (habichuelas*) About 2 cups vegetable oil Salt to taste Dry bouillon …
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How to make passion fruit juice (recipe from Uganda)

CFCA serves more than 2,600 sponsored children and elderly in Uganda. This recipe comes from a group of mothers of sponsored children. The mothers grow passion fruit as part of a CFCA livelihood program. Not only does it make money to support their families, but it also gives them a way to actively engage in their community. The number of …
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How to make porotos con riendas (Chile recipe)

CFCA serves more than 4,000 sponsored children and elderly in Chile. Our staff members in Valparaiso sent us this recipe for porotos con riendas, or white beans with spaghetti. The poroto (white bean) dates back to the migrants who came to South America, crossing the Bering Strait, who brought the seed, planting it mostly in Mexico and Peru. This has …
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Pupusas or stuffed tortillas from El Salvador (recipe)

CFCA serves more than 12,000 sponsored children and elderly in El Salvador. Our staff members there sent us this tasty recipe for pupusas, or stuffed tortillas! This is the most traditional food in El Salvador. It is very popular, probably for its flavor and low cost. The stuffing ingredients will vary according to the type of pupusa made. The dough …
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Recipe from Colombia: Champú drink

CFCA serves more than 20,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia. Our staff members there sent us this refreshing recipe for a champú drink! This recipe makes about 25 medium-size glasses and takes several days to make. It uses the lulo fruit, which tastes like tangy pineapple or a combination of lime and rhubarb. Concentrate from the fruit juice may …
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Recipe from Costa Rica – olla de carne y verduras

Olla de carne y verduras, or a pot of meat and vegetables, fresh and steaming from Costa Rica! CFCA serves more than 7,000 sponsored children and elderly in Costa Rica. Our staff members there sent us this recipe for olla de carne y verduras, roughly translated: a pot of meat and vegetables. This recipe is for four to five people. …
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How to make fish soup from the Philippines – recipe

Fish soup with moringa leaves … mmm! CFCA serves more than 43,000 sponsored children and elderly in the Philippines. Our staff members there sent us this lovely recipe for fish soup! This can serve a family of 6. Ingredients: Sliced fish (any kind) 1 plate of moringa leaves (substitute spinach or chard as moringa leaves are almost impossible to find …
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