Today I got up at 6:30 AM and walked next door for my next cooking lesson for Torta de Choclo. It’s made from the corn grown here called Choclo blended with milk, sugar, water and mixed with fresh cheese, sautéed onion, peppers, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper.
Torta de Choclo is a family favorite and the insides tastes a little like a chile relleno in texture and taste, only better. The outside texture is crispy and the inside is like a corn mush. This dish is usually served only within families and not served in restaurants.
I learned to cook in an outdoor oven that is controlled by charcoal to heat and sand is thrown on to cool it off. Fascinating.
Here’s a photo of the Torta de Choclo in the outdoor oven when it was cooked and then on the plate with a pancake of the same ingredients. It’s delicious and is served for breakfast with coffee.
I look forward to sharing more cooking adventures with the ladies next door here in Ecuador in my coming posts. It’s all so healthy and everything is cooked from scratch. I’m finding that Ecuadorian cooking is quite delicious and remarkable in it’s range of flavors.
As one of the many Americans living in Ecuador, it’s amazing to learn how to adjust to living in this country. There are many interesting attractions in Ecuador, and the food is definitely one of them!
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