Colombia is a food-loving nation that is proud of its traditional tastes and treats. Here we present a delicious Colombian dish to make every day special:
Monday: Caldo de Costilla
There’s no better way to break free from the weekend’s hangover than by facing your Monday with a caldo de costilla. This classic Andean breakfast broth is the cure for all ills and will at least ensure you meet the challenges ahead with a satisfied stomach. A good caldo is made with beef ribs boiled in water with potato, garlic, onion and cilantro.
Keeping with the culinary delights of the Colombian capital, Tuesday’s choice is a thick and filling ajiaco santafereño soup, either homemade or served in one of the traditional restaurants in the city’s colonial quarter. Ajiaco blends chicken, three varieties of potato, corn-on-the-cob, cilantro and guascas and is served with a dash of cream on top and some capers.
Wednesday: Arepas & Empanadas
Half the working week is almost over, which means it’s ‘hump day’ and a good excuse to graze and treat yourself to Colombia’s favorite street snacks. We recommend a piping hot empanada bursting with spicy mincemeat or any kind of arepa, a patty made from corn flour that drips with cheese (there are a lot of arepas in Colombia: choclo, boyacense, de peto… you’ll enjoy all of them),
Thursday is for friends and there is no better Colombian dish to share than an enormous vat of sancocho stew that can be made from chicken, pork, beef ribs, fish or ox tail thrown together with potato, plantain, corn-on-the-cob, tomato, onion and cilantro and served with yuca, rice and avocado, all washed down with a cold Colombian beer.
Friday: Bandeja Paisa
We all let go on a Friday and, if you’re lucky, you won’t be expected to work too hard on a Friday afternoon either, which makes this the perfect lunchtime to tuck into a gigantic bandeja paisa, a mega mix of mincemeat, beans and pork, rice, plantain, avocado, arepa, chorizo, black pudding, fried pork and a fried egg. You will need a siesta afterwards.
There are hundreds of ways for you to enjoy your Colombian Saturday, including playing a spot of traditional sport tejo or heading to one of the country’s stadiums to catch a soccer match. However you choose to spend your sporty Saturday, grab a bowl of lechona afterwards, from inside a huge roast pig stuffed with rice, peas, onion and spice.
Sunday: Pericos & Posta Negra
Sunday is a day of rest. Devour a lazy Colombian brunch with huevos pericos (scrambled eggs, onion and tomato) washed down with hot chocolate and, in the afternoon, enjoy posta negra from Cartagena, topside of beef in a special sauce with recipes that include red wine, beer or coca-cola, brown sugar, onions, garlic and Worcestershire sauce.
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