Saturday, August 25, 2007


Rose and Beberly are back for another quarterly, 2-week visit to work with the women's group, and this time they have been welcomed with a traditional luncheon of Bollitos. I've never made them myself ... but I've been to lots of events where they have been served.

For most of the women here, making bollitos would start with growing the corn, drying it and storing it. When they are ready to cook, the women go through a relatively lengthy process of boiling and rinsing to prepare their corn for grinding. Then they take it to the closest molino (mill) to have it processed into maza (corn dough). They would then mix it with the whole cooked black beans.

A measure of the maza is placed in the middle of a precut piece of a leaf of a banana palm.

Then the leaf is folded into a packet which is placed into a large pot with some water that is brought to the boil to steam them for about an hour.

While they cook, the women prepare a fresh tomato sauce.

The bollitos are unwrapped and the sauce is lathered over top.

Then you try to get a photo before they are gone!!


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What an interesting blog (and life!) you have! I too find myself subbing ingredients a lot... usually more to do with my preferences and trying to keep things healthy, rather than not being able to find ingredients, but I still can appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into this. Feel free to check out my blog too!

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