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(Not So Secret) Secrets of the Colombian Kitchen

As is probably pretty obvious by now around here, much of my time in Colombia has been spent in people's kitchens, principally my boyfriend's mother's. Though the fact that most ovens in Colombia lack any form of temperature control drives me crazy, Colombian kitchens come standard with a fair amount of ingenious gadgets that aren't seen in the states but that I think would be equally as useful for many households.

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  • Eva
    Eva says #
    Petra, I'm so glad to hear that it worked out for you! Thanks for writing back with your update!
  • Petra
    Petra says #
    Just a quick update to say that after a bit of trial and error with heat settings, timings and salt quantity I am now turning out ...

Coffee Culture

Colombia is known world-wide for its great coffee. But it can sometimes be hard to find a good cup of coffee here, because the best coffee is exported, while inexpensive coffee is actually imported for domestic consumption.

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Colombia's Fantastic Fruits!

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Posing with a guanabana in the Palo Quemao fruit market.

I've lived all over South America, but Colombia is where I've seen the biggest variety of tropical fruits. Maybe it's thanks to the country's size, its great variety of climates, or just luck. But, from the sweet and refreshing pitaya, to the passionate maracuya, to the bizarre and juicy sapote, to the delicate mangostino, Colombia's fruits are a marvel.

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    Joel says #
    I have been there twice and I love it. The most loving people, the best food, large variety of fruits, the best beaches (Tayrona N...

Sugar cane for all your needs

Like maple syrup in Quebec, cane sugar plays a huge part in the culture of the region that surrounds Cali, the Valle del Cauca. It generates an enormous amount of revenue for the region, and, other than its use as a sweetener and in traditional desserts, is turned into many products including rum and ethanol. All school children in Cali have been taken on fieldtrips to the Cane Sugar Museum, and anyone who has traveled through the countryside has chewed on raw cane, sucking out the sweet juices, cut for them by a farmer with the machete that all farmers from the region carry on their belts. Each year a girl is crowned the national “Reina de la Caña de Azúcar y la Panela”, beauty queen of the sugar cane.

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