During a past trip to Costa Rica, I was invited into one of the local’s home for a traditional Costa Rican meal.
I was surprised at how simple yet efficient the kitchen was and loved the wood burning stove. The entire house had no windows and was totally open and exposed to outside elements.
I was served a wonderful Costa Rican meal of rice and beans by gracious hosts who spoke limited English. The experience was unlike any other that I have had on my travels, and it later inspired me to expand my cooking skills.
During this time of the pandemic, being stuck at home for longer periods of time, I am again exploring new foods and new recipes. It’s the perfect time to be creative in the kitchen, cooking foods from the past as well as new recipes from other places around the world.
Although our physical travel may be limited at this time, we can still travel through our cuisine and experience the spices and flavors of other countries in our own homes.