Costa Rica is high up on my list of places to visit. Apart from the beauty of this fabulous country for me the attraction is the Wildlife and the Environment. There are 52 species of Hummingbirds and of course the Sloth just to name a few. If you enjoy outdoor pursuits then there is certainly lots to choose from here. Whitewater Rafting is a must for me and a ride on the Zip Wires. The landscape is incredible with the Rain forests, Volcanoes and the rivers such as the incredible blue Rio Celeste. Somehow I don’t think just a week or two would be enough for me here.
Costa Rica has a mixture of South American and Caribbean style food. I decided to go with Casado which can be South American style with black eyed beans and rice with red peppers and onion or the Caribbean style which has rice and peas (rice cooked in coconut milk and mixed with kidney beans). I went with the South American style. Of course as always there are several variations on this dish. Typically what they have in common is a serving of black eyed beans, rice with finely red pepper and onion, fried plantain, a salad of some sort (usually tomato and cabbage) a variety of meat (normally at least 3 meats) and sometimes a fried egg and chips. This is far too much food for me to handle so I just went for the rice, beans, plantain and just 1 pork chop.
Casado (My Style)
1 Pork Chop
1 serving of canned black eyed beans
1/2 cup brown rice
1/4 red pepper finely chopped
1/4 onion finely chopped
Grill or roast the pork chop (or your meat of choice)
Cook rice. When rice is cooked and drained add the peppers and onion. The heat from the rice should cook the pepper and onion enough but you can cook them separately and then add them if you prefer. Fry the plantain on a medium heat or you can grill or bake it with the meat. Heat beans until piping hot throughout. Plate up, sit back and enjoy.
Join me next time for Croatia night.