Monday, October 20, 2014

Ecuadorian Sweets and Deserts

Even though majority of the times Ecuadorians eat a piece of fruit after the food.

There are also traditional and very delicious sweets and desserts.

Here are a few of them.

Hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.




Quimbolitos are a type of steamed puddings.

They are also called sweet tamales because they resemble tamales very closely.

Quimbolitos are sold on the streets and in restaurants and are immensely popular among Ecuadorians.

And they are one of my favorite desserts here in Ecuador.

Not hard to make and fun to eat, I recommend them to everyone.

Read more HERE.


Do you know what a taxo is?

This delicious fruit is also called banana passionfruit because of its yellow color and banana like appearance.

It makes excellent smoothies and ice-cream, and has many health benefits.

If you did not know taxo yet, I recommend you try it out.

You can find instruction on how to make a taxo smoothie or homemade ice-cream HERE.


Espumilla is a pink and ivory colored guaba fruit foam that is sold on the streets.

It is very popular and luckily easy to make it home.

You just need some guabas, eggs and sugar.

And voilá, you have your own batch of delicious espumilla.

Read more HERE.


Melcocha can be found all around the Ecuador where ever there are roads and travelers to buy the products.

It is an Ecuadorian artisan taffy and extremely delicious.

The traditional recipe is made only with sugar and butter but you can add different fruit juices to it to give it flavor.

My personal favorite is mandarin flavored melcocha.

Want to know how to make Melcocha?

Read it HERE.


Tomate de Arbol or tree tomato is a popular Ecuadorian fruit.

It is tangy with a little sweetness, is a great source of Vitamin A, B6 and C and also contains Vitamin E and Thiamine.

In Ecuador it is used in juice, smoothies, desserts, and hot salsa.

I especially enjoy tree tomatoes smoothies because of their great taste and because they are so good for my health.

Would you like to make a smoothie for yourself?

Find the recipe HERE.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - will be on break


The Queen With The Frozen Heart will be on break until November 7th.

I will be taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks because of different circumstances.

I will be here occationally but due to lack of time, I will not be able to write, publish and promote The Queen With The Frozen Heart.

Because of this the story will be on break and will return running the week after Halloween.

There will be some posts that I have programmed and I wish you will visit and read them.

And also take this time to read the story from the beginning and see how it has evolved and what has happened to everyone during the time the story has been running.

Of course I expect to see you all here for the new story on Friday November 7th!

Until then, May God bless you all and keep you!

I will miss you!



To read the first part of the story, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 1  

To read the second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 2 

To read the third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 3

To read the fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

To read the fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 5.

To read the fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14

To read the sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 6

To read the seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7

 To read the eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 8

To read the ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 9

To read the tenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 10

To read the eleventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 11

To read the twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12

To read the thirteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 13

To read the fifteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 15

To read the sixteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 16

To read the seventeenth part, go to the The Queen With The Frozen Heart 17

To read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

To read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

To read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20



To read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave

To read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star

To read the twenty fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Time To Leave The Home

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cayambe - Town and a Volcano


San Pedro de Cayambe, or simply Cayambe, is a town in the northeast of the province of Pichincha in Ecuador.

It is the seat of the canton Cayambe; which takes its name from Cayambe volcano.

The town is situated at the foot of volcano’s west slope.

The equator cuts through the town.
  


VOLCANO CAYAMBE

The volcano Cayambe is the secret of a few climbers in Ecuador.

It is much less popular than Cotopaxi but offers a climb just as beautiful, just a much less traveled route.

Humboldt after his visit to Ecuador Volcano wrote about this: "This mountain can be considered one of the monuments with which Nature has made ​​a big difference on Earth."

The volcano’s summit is just 3km north of the equatorial line.



HISTORY OF CAYAMBE

Cayambe has a long history and a big part in the struggle for the indigenous people’s rights in the Ecuador.

Transito Amaguaña and Dolores Cacuango were both pioneering women who fought against the slavery and mistreatment of indigenous people.

According to the oral memory of Kayambi people their territory was located in the provinces of Pichincha, Imbabura and Napo.


Their territory was limited in the north by Lake San Pablo, in the south by the Guayllabamba River, in the east by the Eastern Cordillera and in the west by the Western Cordillera.

Its capital was Puntiatzil  which is the town of Cayambe.

Located three blocks from Central Park was a place worship with a large cylinder in silver.


This cylinder was used as calendar and solar time piece, which was dismantled by the Spaniards.

The Kayambi chiefdom had astronomical observatories and monitoring points throughout its territory; from Quito Loma Pambamarca (Cangahua parish) to Pesillo (parish of Olmedo) that maintained a communication system with each other.


FESTIVITIES OF CAYAMBE

The festivities of Cayambe are very important and known throughout Ecuador.

They begin in mid-June and end in early July, with many acts and especially its popular bull fights.

It is the time of the feast of San Pedro, and the Indigenous festivity known as Intiraymi held in the "Harvest Festival".


There are many performances of Ecuadorian traditional music that are worth seeing and hearing.

In its traditional celebrations, there are a variety of dishes, but the best known is the mote (a type of white corn) served with potatoes, and with peanut sauce.

Of course you can never leave Cayambe without first tasting roasted guinea pig.

Cayambe’s biscuits and cheese are also very famous and many people come to taste them year round.



CAPITAL OF THE ROSES

The town is also known as one of the most important cities in the production of flowers worldwide.


Most of the famous Ecuadorian giant roses come from Cayambe or the nearby villages.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Potato Spinach Soup



I love a good potato soup!

One of my favorite ingredients or sides is potato.

It’s so versatile and goes well with almost anything and everything.

This potato and spinach soup is healthy, hearty and delicious.

It is the only way I can get my son to eat his spinach and enjoy it.

Hope it will be your family’s favorite too!

This recipe guarantees that spinach changes in your house, from this...

To THIS!

INGREDIENTS
(For four people)

2 pounds potatoes
200 grams of spinach
1 onion
1 cup of milk
4 ounces unsalted cheese (queso fresco)
1 tablespoon of butter
Salt
Pepper
Cilantro

PREPARATION:

1.   Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes.
2. Fry the chopped onion until it is soft,
3. Add the potatoes, pepper, salt and water until it covers the potatoes. 4. Let the mix boil,
5. Wash and chop the spinach, removing the stem.
6. Add the spinach and cheese when the potatoes are soft.
7. Keep everything in the fire a few minutes, until the cheese has melted.
8. Wash and chop the cilantro, add it to the soup after taking it from the fire.


Serve hot and ENJOY!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day of Interculturality and Plurinationality - October 12th

In Saquisilí, province of Cotopaxi, the two women are wearing traditional clothing typical for the area.

For decades Latin Americans have commemorated October 12th as the Day of the Race.

This is a date when the discovery of America by the Genoese Christopher Columbus is remembered as Columbus Day.

Group of indigenous people in Latacunga, the Capital of province of Cotopaxi. Latacunga is known for their yearly Mama Negra carnival.

The date was originally a celebration of the mix of the races that came with the arrival of Europeans, especially from Spain. 

For years it has meant a classification of human beings into races based on the skin tone, hair or skull shapes, and a series of racial bias.

A fisherman in Puerto Lopez, a fisher town in the province of Manabí. The town is famous for the whalewatching trips and very popular among local and international tourists.

On 2011 Ecuador declared October 12th as the "Day of Interculturality and Plurinationality" to correct the significance of this date that historically commemorated the discovery of America in 1492.

 In its considerations, the text by Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, notes that in Ecuador "various nationalities coexist" Indigenous people "are entitled to support and maintain their own institutions."

A candidate for Kichwa Beauty Queen contest held annualy during Tena's festivities. Tena is the capital of Napo province in the Amazonic part of Ecuador. 

He also argues that the structures of the country "are still grounded on colonial criteria."

For this reason, this date is decreed as "Day of Interculturality and Plurinationality, designed to recognize and rectify the true meaning of the event of October 12, to promote dialogue between different cultures and knowledge, strengthen national unity in diversity inclusive of building the new state of peace and justice, "the statement said.

Local people at their barrio's (neighbourhood's) minga (voluntary communitary work) in Northwestern Quito. Quito is the capital of Ecuador.


Similarly the government urges the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "update a true universal calendar intercultural nature with the help of all nationalities and aborigines.

In several Latin American countries the name of the celebration of October 12 has been changed.

Indigenous people resting during a political meating held in front of Quito's San Francisco Cathedral in the Colonial part of the city.

In 2001, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared October 12 as the "Day of Indigenous Resistance" noting that on that date began the "genocide" of native peoples of America.

Chile has called it the 'Day of Discovery of Two Worlds'; Costa Rica calls it the, 'Cultures Day'; and in Peru October 12th is called the 'Day of Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural Dialogue'. 

An Afro-Educadorian student in class wearing her school uniform.




In Bolivia, President Evo Morales called it the 'Day of Mourning' because of the poverty, disease and hunger that the European invasion of America brought.

But later on he established it as the 'Day of Indigenous Resistance'.

Indigenous girls in Tena wearing the traditional pacha dress and face painting.



In Argentina October 12th is called the 'Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity', while in Spain it is called 'Columbus Day' like in the States.

The change of the name in Ecuador seeks the restitution of values of indigenous nations and their members.

A way of peaceful coexistence.

High School students perform a traditional Afro-Ecuadorian dance from the Valle de Chota area during a festivity.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Time To Leave The Home


Silently the warriors passed under the canopy of the giant trees.

The early morning sun shone golden through the leaves.

The men warmed themselves in its rays while walking from the waterfall to the jaguar men’s cave.


 Their magic fluttered in the air, jumped from tree to tree and skulked behind the green growth of the forest floor.

The vats of chicha were heavy on their backs but they trudged on.

They have promised Iluku to have everything ready for her at the cave’s mouth by the night fall.



The walk was long but they did not falter.

It was not in their nature.

Nor was to care about the cold or the heat, the insect bites or the sun in their eyes.

They were warriors and their skills were needed, tonight.



Sisa stared at the sun’s play on the river.

She had not been able to forget Amarun or shake the feeling of threat.

The village was quiet, everyone worried about the faith of their men.



What had happened after they left?

Why had not they returned with the snakes?

Her magic had finally taken the shape of an ocelot.

Small, but fierce and dangerous, feline hunter.


Not something that the village was accustomed to see as a female’s guardian.

It purred and pushed its head against Sisa’s feet, trying to calm her down.

- My soul can’t rest, she petted the magic, not until I know what happened.


- And you won’t be able to rest then either, her magic answered her.

It had gotten its voice as soon as it had chosen a definitive form.

- What do you mean, Sisa’s voice trembled.


- You will only want to help, the magic laughed, you say that you will be at rest when you know what has happened. But when you do, you won’t be at rest until you can help and make everything right. That is your nature, embrace it.

She shook her head.

It was not a female’s place to change the world.


Her place was at home, taking care of the hearth.

- It is time you accept who you are, her magic demanded, you cannot keep hiding and living here anymore. Not with a magic like this.

Sisa looked around her.


She saw the worried faces of the women, the silent looks and eyes evaluating her.

Their backs so eloquently shown to her.

The way the women huddled together, closing their circle and shutting her out.


- You don’t belong here anymore, the magic repeated, and they all know it.

- What am I to do, Sisa bursted and then drew a shuddering breath.

- You know it, the magic shook its head, take your things and find the queen. She is the only one who can help you!


Inside the cave the king roamed in his cell.

He could hear his men, their desperate sobs when they remembered their homes and families.

There was no more hope, nothing to look forward to.



- Tonight, the jaguar kasike had told them, tonight we feast. And you will be our main course.

To be continued... 


This is the twenty fifth part of the story.


To read the first part of the story, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 1  

To read the second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 2 

To read the third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 3

To read the fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

To read the fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 5.

To read the fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14

To read the sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 6

To read the seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7

 To read the eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 8

To read the ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 9

To read the tenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 10

To read the eleventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 11

To read the twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12

To read the thirteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 13

To read the fifteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 15

To read the sixteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 16

To read the seventeenth part, go to the The Queen With The Frozen Heart 17

To read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

To read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

To read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20



If you wish to read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave

If you wish to read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star