The Three Hour Breakfast

I got up this morning at 6:30 am and started cooking breakfast and didn’t start eating until 9:30 am !! The three hour breakfast. The breakfast included: hash browns, scrambled eggs with Canadian bacon and jalapeno, blackberries, watermelon, and toast with strawberry jelly, and of course cafe con leche.

I wanted to make some hash browns country style. You know the kind in potato cubes. I found a recipe from Emeril that was easy; however, it took me a long time to boil and peel the potatoes. This is what took the most time. Although, they were really good.

My goal is a 30-minute breakfast. I really liked the hash browns. I think the key is to prepare them the night before and put them in the fridge. If you do it the night before, you probably will not feel rushed, as your not going to eat them right away. You are just going to store them. I did have some leftover. I may have them again Saturday morning.

I also had a little problem with the butter. The recipe said 3 tablespoons. I am used to the butter in the US where it tells you on the side what is a tablespoon.

As you can see in the photo above, the butter in Costa Rica has the markings, but no measurements labeled on the markings. Can someone tell me in the comments how much is a tablespoon of butter in relation to the stick? 1/4 a stick?

On another note, I let the Guanabana set too long and it went from being real hard to mush. I probably could of made juice out of it, but don’t have blender. Oh well, I really like the fruit, so I will try it again.

Ciao, pura vida!

La Guanabana

This post is about my fruta favorita. La Guanabana.

When I first came to Costa Rica, one of my favorite things was jugos naturales. The first jugo natural I tried was Guanabana en leche. Almost every restaurant here offers jugos naturales with almost any kind of fruit. You just have to ask.

When you order they will ask you if you want it with water or milk. I used to get it with milk, but I now usually get it with water.

My favorite jugo natural es un jugo con la guanabana.

La Guanabana

Today I was walking in the parque and there was a vendor selling guanabanas for about $1000 colones a kilo or $2 a kilo. After I went walking, I returned to the house and got some plata. I wanted to take a picture of where they were selling the guanabanas because they had them all stacked in a wall. It was raining by the time I returned, so I decided not to try to take pictures.

I walked along the wall of Guanabanas and picked one that looked good to me. The lady told me it was not ripe, but I wanted it anyway. The one she was offering had a big hole in it. The one I purchased was a 1 kilo and a half, so it was $3. While speaking to me like a child, the lady told me I needed to wrap the fruit in newspaper and store it for three days in a dark place for it to ripen, since it was not maduro.

I’m here to learn spanish and it is very irratating when people speak english or assume you don’t understand, so they talk real slow. One problem is I don’t talk much even in english. When someone says something to me, I understand them, but I don’t respond. I must have a blank stare on my face or something, because they think I don’t understand. I guess I am going to have to speak more or at least so si, yo le entiendi. Por favor no me habla como un nino. Ugggghhh.

Enjoy the pictures of la guanabana. I will make more pictures when I can open it around Tuesday or Martes.

Ciao, pura vida.

No mas Hiper Mas

I’m back in Costa Rica after only being away from five weeks. It seemed like I was gone longer than that.

I was surprised to see that Hiper Mas is now Wal-Mart. They changed the signs and everything to Wal-Mart. I will try to get a photo and post it here.

They also bought a grocery store chain and a convenient store chain.

Going to look for a new apartment. The weather is awesome like always.