In Costa Rica they have a lot of differences in their meals one of them is at breakfast. America usually eats cereal, pancakes, bacon, and eggs for breakfast and Costa Rica has those foods for breakfast too, but one of their most common foods for breakfast is rice and beans. Rice and beans for breakfast might not seem super appealing, but it is really delicious they have lots of seasonings and you usually have it with eggs and toast. For some reason in Costa Rica the eggs are a lot fluffier and fresher than the ones in America.
After we had fixed up the house for the family we went white water rafting. They taught us all of the signals and motions. We got on the rafts and rafted for an hour until we reached our campsite where we would be spending the night. After we had gotten showered and dried off there was a cooking lesson by the kitchen area. We would be taught how to cut fruits and make empanadas. First was the fruit, we would be cutting watermelon and pineapple. The person showing us how to do this would Be Fez, Fez was one of our guides for the whitewater rafting and he worked alongside us for the three days fixing up the house. Fez showed us that we had to cut the watermelon into fourths. Then, we had to cut into the red part of the watermelon at the tip on both sides. We then had to cut along the rind on both sides again then you cut the fruit into slices and you didn’t have to worry about the rind. We did the exact same thing with the pineapple it is so much more efficient to cut it that way and lowers the chance of cutting yourself.
Next we made the empanadas. For those of you who don’t know an empanada is fried corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese, beans, or all three. To start off we got corn flour in a bowl and Fez added water to it, we mixed the two ingredients together in the bowl they formed a dough. Once we had a ball of dough we made the dough into little balls. We then flattened them out so they were about 1 inch thick, next we stuffed it with meat, cheese, and beans. Afterwards we folded the dough over and sealed it by pressing a fork along the edges. Lastly we gave it to Fez so he could fry them. After a big day of whitewater rafting it felt so nice to sink my teeth into a crunchy empanada. They were so delicious and I am very grateful that Fez showed all of us these new recipes and techniques.
Costa Rica was an amazing experience and I definitely want to go back there.