Category: Cooking With The Downings

Plátanos asados con queso (baked ripe plantains with cheese)

This recipe produces: 6 baked ripe plantains This is an easy recipe for a taste of Ecuador. Baked ripe plantains stuffed with cheese are a common treat that all seven Downings suggest you try this dish at least once. Click play to listen to…

Bolon De Verde, Fried Green Plantain Balls

Bolon de verde or fried green plantain balls Yield: For 6-8 people Bolon de verde are green plantain dumplings stuffed with cheese, chorizo or chicharrones and fried until crispy. Ingredients 4 green plantains, peeled and cut in medium sized chunks 4-5 tbs butter or…

Chicha De Piña

Spiced pineapple drink Serves 8-10 people Chicha de piña is a spiced pineapple drink made by simmering the pineapple skins and core with spices and hard brown sugar.  Seven out of seven members of the Downing family recommend this simple drink. Ingredients Assorted spices:…

Pan de Yuca

Pan de yuca or cheese bread (this recipe is taken from a forthcoming cookbook from Our Mission Path) Produces 20-25 small yuca breads Some food is attached to good memories.  This was a favorite of Timothy 2 when he discovered it on his first…

Encebollado de Pescado (Tuna Fish Soup)

Encebollado de Pescado (Tuna Fish Soup) Serves: 8 people This Ecuadorian fish soup is made with fresh tuna, and has a great Latin American flare.  Still it is a fish dish so only one out seven Downings highly recommend this soup.  Ingredients 8 cups…

Repe Ljano (Ecuadorian Green Banana Soup)

Repe Ljano  (Ecuadorian Green Banana Soup) serves: 8-10 people Repe Ljano is a distinctive creamy soup made with green bananas, onions, garlic, milk, cheese and cilantro.  The ingredients do not seem to fit together but the end result is delicious! Seven out of Seven…

Locro De Papas (Ecuadorian Potato And Cheese Soup)

Locro de Papa (Ecuadorian Potato and Cheese Soup) Serves: 8-10 people This traditional Ecuadorian soup made with potatoes, onion, garlic, cumin, achiote, milk, cheese and cilantro is a Downing family favorite.  Seven out of seven Downings recommend this hearty soup. Ingredients 10 good sized potatoes,…

Caldo De Pata

Caldo de pata (cow feet soup) Serves:10 people This traditional Latin American comfort soup is somewhat of an acquired taste.  Still life is full of adventure and this soup is worth a try, at least once. Seven out of Seven Downings recommend this unique…

Seco De Pollo

Seco de pollo or chicken stew Yield: For 8-10 people Seco de pollo or seco de gallina is a South American chicken stew cooked slowly in a sauce of beer, onions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, herbs and spices. Seven out of seven Downings recomend this…

Ensalada de Cebolla y Tomate (Onion and Tomato Salad)

Ensalada de cebolla y tomate (Onion and tomato salad) Salads in Ecuador are sometimes an unexpected adventure.  Not knowing Spanish very well Timothy 1 ordered this salad thinking it would be similar to a chef salad.  It was an unexpected treat. Four out of…

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