BM # 56
Week : 4 , Day: 4
Theme: Breakfast across countries
Country : Costo Rica
Costa Rica is a country in North America, and today we are going to enjoy it's traditional breakfast.
Costa Rican Cuisine is known for being fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruits and vegetables.Rice and black beans are a staple of most traditional Costo Rican meals and is often served on all three meals. These beans are used in many dishes, the most popular being Gallo Pinto , which also happens to be their National Dish.
Gallo Pinto consists of rice and beans stir fried together. It is usually prepared with onions and peppers, some use red while sometimes yellow pepper . It is usually served for breakfast with scrambled or fried eggs , sour cream and cheese. They also serve Salsa Lizano which is a store bought famous salsa.
Gallo Pinto was on my list , but I could not get black beans here, so I asked one of my cousins to get them from US. So sweetly she got me dried beans and also a can of these.
But my luck with this dish was very bad, the day I planned , I forgot to soak the beans, I remembered the tin! , but ....I couldn't find it , as a result I landed up cleaning the complete store. Result..I found the tin but I was exhausted and it was past lunch. I decided to make it in the evening.The rice was ready and the rest of accompaniments were ready too. So I finished making my garnishes and proceeded to toss the rice..and now I could not find the box of boiled rice which I had saved from my lunch. I assumed that the staff boy must have needed more rice and finished.
I felt frustrated but kept my cool and made some fresh rice. Finally I made a small portion of Gallo Pinto . I plated it and while I was trying to get the rest of the things ready, the staff boy dropped the plated rice. Can you believe my frustration. I felt so miserable. I had a very very small portion of rice, yes whatever I have plated is all that was there and I had no energy or mood to redo the dish. So finally I plated this small portion.
God had to really test me that day , suddenly the sky turned black and there was a heavy shower . I picked all stuff and brought it indoors and finally clicked.
So after so many hitches the pictures were clicked.
(rice and black beans tossed together)
( cottage cheese crumbled and with onion and tomato)
( flat bread, wheat or corn based)
(tomato onion dip)
( a condiment )
Scrambled Cottage Cheese
Salsa , Sour Cream , Chimmichuri