Category: Cooking With The Downings

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… Continue Reading “Seco De Pollo”

Níspero Cheesecake

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Tree Tomato Ají Sauce

Tree tomato aji hot sauce / Ají de tomate de árbol Yield: ~1 1/2 cups of tree tomato aji Tamarillo or tree tomato aji hot sauce is a very tasty hot sauce made from tree tomatoes or tamarillos, hot peppers, onion, cilantro and lime… Continue Reading “Tree Tomato Ají Sauce”

Chifles

Chifles (Fried green banana/plantain chips) Chifles are also known as mariquitas, chicharitas, platanutres, platanitos or plataninas, are thin fried green plantain banana chips.  This is a common snack in Ecuador. Seven out of seven Downings recommend this treat. Ingredients Peanut oil for frying Green… Continue Reading “Chifles”

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

This recipe for shrimp stuffed avocado is made with ripe avocado filled with shrimp, red onion, radish, bell pepper, celery and cilantro mayonnaise. It is a delightful appetizer but we find it is filling enough to be counted as a meal! If you dislike… Continue Reading “Shrimp Stuffed Avocado”

Dulce De Piña

Dulce de piña   Ingredients: 1 whole pineapple ½ cup of water ½ cup caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 2 cloves 2 cardamom pods 1 fresh lemon verbena sprig Juice of 1 lime Preparation: Peel and core the pineapple, discard the core and peel.… Continue Reading “Dulce De Piña”

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Plátanos asados con queso (baked ripe plantains with cheese)

Friends, this post was first published in March of 2020. This recipe produces: 6 baked ripe plantainsThis 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… Continue Reading “Plátanos asados con queso (baked ripe plantains with cheese)”

Batido de Frutos Rojos

Batidos are fruit based milkshakes and are perfect to beat the heat of summer. Of course if you happen to live on the equator like we do batidos are perfect to beat the everyday heat! Seven out of seven Downings highly recommend this wonderful… Continue Reading “Batido de Frutos Rojos”

Níspero Jam

Friends, our níspero trees are heavy laden with fruit so it is time to process them into eatable delights. This post was first published in April of 2020. Make sure to check back next Saturday for a brand new recipe we found while traveling… Continue Reading “Níspero Jam”

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