I told you some blogs before that my boyfriend and I spent some time in Dominical, pacific coast during our time in Costa Rica but we also went to see the caribbean coast where we stayed in beautiful Cahuita. And that´s where I met Penny.
To be honest – I didn´t just met her randomly. We were brought together by her brother and his lovely wife. But let me explain the whole story from the beginning.
In Cahuita we stayed with a very nice couple from Germany who I can strongly recommend if you ever want to visit Costa Rica. http://www.cabinasalgebra.com/
Alfred and Andrea have a restaurant too. One evening Norbi and I were sitting in that restaurant to check our emails and I heard a conversation going on between the other guests and our hosts about vegetarianism and getting or not getting enough proteins. You can imagine the expression on my face between: „Yay let´s talk about not eating animals!“ and „Who is vegan/vegetarian out here?“
So I went over to the next table and asked if I could join that lovely discussion. They happily invited me to sit down and after some seconds (yes seconds) I asked if they knew a dear veggie in Cahuita who would be so kind to teach me how to cook costa rican & vegan food. They told me – if I want to cook really good, it must be Penny! That´s how I met that inspiring and very, very nice lady and her dear husband John.
Luckily Penny agreed to teach me how to make Gallo Pinto & Platanos maduros. And of course – I´ll tell you everything about it! 🙂
Let´s beginn with the delicious Gallo Pinto as it is the most traditional dish I could choose for my costa rican cooking (traditional eaten for breakfast)!
- about 2 cups dried black & red beans
- 2 1/2 cups white rice
- 1 small onion, chopped
- about 5 garlic toes, chopped
- 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional: 1 -2 avocado(s)