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Cooking With Dorcas

Our favorite chef waxes lyrical on the joys of eggplant. By Dorcas Shiloj

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Eat Fresh, Get Your Chef On… By Chris Warren

Hopefully after reading my earlier article about seafood in Xela (see here), you’re feeling bold and ready to head to the Demo to grab a meal of mariscos. If you’re in need of a little inspiration on how to take your seafood to the next level, […]

Cooking With Dorcas: Eat Fresh, Get Your Chef On…

By Dorcas Shiloj

In the middle of this relatively mild rainy season I often spend my time walking in the markets of beautiful Xelajú, looking for and watching for one of my favorite foods to come into season: apples. You can usually find imported apples year-round, but for the more sour and smaller apples from […]

Cooking Local: Recipe for Prune Sauce

By Carlos Valdéz

Feeding ourselves is one of our most critical daily activities. Doing so with fresh, local, organically grown ingredients is good for you and good for the environment, which is something we hope to inspire with this series of articles. This month we feature a recipe for prune sauce to spice up your […]

Cooking Local: Sweet Potato Salad

Feeding ourselves is one of our most critical daily activities. Doing so with fresh, local and organically grown ingredients is the good for you and good for the environment, which is something we hope to inspire with this article. We’ll explore how to make a sweet potato salad from ingredients you can find in local […]

Fiambre: A November Dish for All Tastes

By Diana Pastor

I have always considered the November dish fiambre an admirable representative of Guatemalan culture. I don’t say this because it utilizes regional or typical ingredients but rather due to the diversity and variety of colors that it displays. Up until now I have never found another food that contains so many types […]

The Peanut Butter Solution

By Cynthia Ord

As valuable backpacker bartering material, good peanut butter is up there with massages and rolling papers. If you’re looking for peanut butter in Xela, the last place to go is the Dispensa supermarket. All you’ll find is some highly-processed sticky stuff containing plenty of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. For local, all-natural, homemade […]

(Almost) Classic Puttanesca Sauce

by Travis Harvey

This dish is a delicious vegan version of a pasta sauce that- legend has it – was invented by Italian prostitutes. The dish would be prepared, then left by the windowsill to lure customers (usually fishermen, as legend has it) in to sample other wares. In any case, it certainly is enticing. […]

Chilli con Carne

by Travis Harvey

And so it was that we staged a chile night last month, at the behest of my homesick American friends who felt like a bit of mom’s down home (not really) Mexican cookin’. So American is this dish in fact, it only appears on gringo menus in Mexico. I experimented with various […]

Indian style soup

by Travis Harvey

Vegetarian fare in Xela is far from difficult to find, though it can prove bland, poorly prepared, expensive or monotonous. This Indian style soup has the option of extra spice if you feel future experiments can warrant the purchase of turmeric and curry spice mix (garam marsala is preferable). When finished, […]