Learning how to cook in Guatemala... PLEASE HELP!
Friday, March 29, 2013
After living for 3 years in Mexico, we moved at the beginning of the year to Guatemala. It took me almost 2 years to learn to cook in Mexico. What I mean is... learning to cook with what is available and cheaply. Things that are common back home often have an imported mark-up in other countries. For example, a can of diced tomatoes is 2 or 3 times more expensive.
Now we are living in Guatemala. So I need to learn all over again... and here I have even less access to things. We have 2 small grocery stores (size of a small corner store) which have very little variety. For example, they don't have canned diced tomatoes but they have 5 brands of refried beans. And when your grocery is composed of 3 aisles... this poses a challenge as good recipes often call for items not available. Also, meat counters are not very hygenic and meat is very expensive. So we eat meat only once or twice a week. Produce is quite inexpensive if you go to the local market (its triple at the grocery store). Not everything is available or nice enough to buy, so you need to tweak your recipes to fit what is available at the market when you go.
So my biggest challenge right now is to learn new meatless recipes that are filling. We often feel hungry an hour after eating so we need to find something that fills us up. Lately, we've been using pasta or bread to fill the void but this is not great for weightloss. I try to include beans or legumes but my husband still complains of hunger.
Do you have any tips or recipes to share with me? Of course, the recipes have to have basic ingredients, nothing imported as I will probably not have access to it. I would greatly appreciate any tips or recipes!
Thanks for reading!