Three New Gringo Foods Ticos Like!
Ticos here in Mastatal are generally reluctant to try very different American recipes. For example, I’ve made chili and curry here because we always have beans and they are a spin on the plain beans served here all the time. The family tried both dishes (except a certain very picky member of the family) but they thought both had too much flavor and were too spicy. But I’ve found three gringo foods that the ticos here like and are actually integrating into their diet. They are bread, yogurt and mayonnaise. Specifically, sourdough and kefir. Each are made weekly or daily at Rancho Mastatal (where I first stayed), but recently the starters and recipes have started spreading to other farms and families in the community. When I get back to the states they will likely become part of my daily diet too! They are money savers, easy to prepare, and delicious. I’ve written a post below for each of the recipes.