One of my students earns her English class by helping me out around the apartment. Sometimes she cleans the bathrooms, washes windows, sweeps floors. Other times she irons clothes. Joel also suggested that she introduce me to some of the Colombian cooking methods.
Yuca was at the top of the list, so that’s what we prepared today (after an hour of English class).
Yuca is a starch that is long, dark and hairy on the outside, and deathly pale on the inside. Despite it’s appearance, it is relatively easy to separate the skin from the fibrous inside. After you peel the yuca, you cut it into pieces and boil it.
Adriana showed me how to prepare the yuca with potatoes, chicken and something called "guiso". Guiso is a combination of finely chopped onion and tomato with a spice mixture of garlic powder, ground cumin, pepper and yellow food coloring. She sauteed the guiso with a little bit of butter before adding the potatoes, yuca and raw chicken to the pot with just enough water to cover everything. While this boiled, we reviewed vocabulary.
I didn’t intend to make the theme of the meal YELLOW, but that’s how it turned out. Oops.