Kitchen Adventures

Living in Ecuador is an adventure!  Even when we stay right in our own kitchen.  With far fewer ready-made items available in stores, we’ve gotten creative over the past several months and ended up making things we never thought we ever would!  Many have been new recipes, while others have been ingredients or items that we just couldn’t find here or didn’t want to pay the high price for.  Here are some of the highlights:

Sun-dried Tomatoes
There were a couple recipes we wanted to try that called for them, but weren’t sure if we could find them here.
Doug said, “I bet we could make our own!” I said, “Ha – I doubt it!”  Doug looked it up on YouTube and the next thing you know, we had a pan full of little homemade dried tomatoes, all for ourselves.

Sun-dried Tomatos

And this is the decadent Sun-dried Tomato Fettuccine Alfredo Doug made soon after!

Sun-dried tomato pasta

Salsa Roja

The first time we went over to our friends’ house here, they served us some chips with salsa that was absolutely delicious. Normally I’m not a big fan of chips and salsa, but this was the best I’d ever had!  So we got our hands on the recipe and have been making our own salsa ever since!

Homemade Salsa

Body Wash
Yes, this one seems especially weird to make at home.  But the bottles here are so expensive and thanks to Pintrest we found a recipe with ingredients that were less than half the price. Turned out pretty well, actually!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza
This one isn’t as strange, but it’s not something we ever made in the U.S. either. In Seattle, we could just order one from one of the many neighborhood pizza places. You can get pizza in Ecuador (from Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s even), but the good ones are pricey! So instead, we whip up one of our own every few weeks. I think we’ve just about perfected it!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

We’ve added other new recipes to our repertoire as well: Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls, Ham and Cheese Quiche Bread Bowls, Sweet Potato and Spinach Lentil Soup, and Crustless Pumpkin Pie (made out of squash because there is no pumpkin in Ecuador that we’ve found!).  Some recipes have made it into regular rotation in our house, while others only made a mediocre one-time appearance.  Which ones, you ask? Well, if you’d ever like to pay us a visit, you can find out for yourself!  :)

Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Cookies

Sweet Potato and Spinach Lentil Soup
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Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls
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Homemade Reese’s Bars
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Ham and Cheese Quiche Bread Bowl
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angela March 12, 2013 Ecuador