Monday, February 18, 2008

More Guatemalan cooking!

My newest Guatemalan cookbook finally arrived! I LOVE it! It has recipes from all over Guatemala and Central America. My first dish from this cookbook comes from Livingston, Guatemala which is located on the Caribbean coast at the mouth of the Rio Dulce. There are no roads that lead into Livingston so it is only reachable by boat. Livingston is home to a small Garifuna population, which is very distinct from the rest of Guatemala with its culture and language (though most also speak Spanish). The Garinagu are the descendants of Caribs Indians and Black African slaves. Overall, Livingston is noted for its unusual mix of Garífuna, Maya, Indian, and Latino people and culture. It's quite fascinating to discover the rich diversity of Guatemala.

This dish is called Pollo Con Leche de Coco, Chicken with Coconut Milk. It was DELICIOUS!!! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Very easy and YUMMY!!!

We ate the chicken dish over rice and served it with Chayote, or Guisquil, as it is called in Guatemala. Chayote is a small, slightly sweet pear-shaped squash that is very common in Guate. It is eaten in a variety of ways: stews, mashed, fried, baked, and even in desserts. I just sauteed it with a little bit of butter and cilantro.

Chek out some Punta music and dancing straight from Livingston, Guatemala. Who wants to give it a try?!?!


Stacy said...

Cool post!!!!
When's dinner? I want to come!


Jennifer & Derek said...

Yummy - I think I'm coming to your place for dinner soon!!!

Bobbi said...

My hips don't move like that. I think I would be in traction.

I am coming to your house for dinner. What a great way to incorporate culture into your daily life. AND YUMMY!!

Emily said...

That looks SO YUMMY! I love that dish and it looks like you cooked it perfectly! Alright, are you taking cooking lessons?!! ;-)


Jennifer & Filipe said...

Yumm! The food looks great, especially the coconut chicken!

Beth said...

You have been so inspiring with your Guatemalan dishes!

Is there a cook book you would recommend?

Frances said...

Looks so good! Next time invite me for's only 3 hours to your house (-:

K Leclercq said...

So, I think while we're all bunking together you should cook dinner! At least once? :) It looks awesome! I'll send you an email as soon as I'm settled in Guate.

Donna said...

Okay - where are you getting your cookbooks? My hubby bought one last year in Guatemala, huge, with picturs and then left it at the airport in DC. I was devastated! I told you before, my mouth water for Guatemalan food just about every day, expecially the way the meats are flavored.
If you're cooking like this, we may have to come impose on you!