Posted by: Thida | March 2, 2013

Traditional Cooking in Honduras

Fresh sesame seeds/ Graines de sésame fraiches

Fresh sesame seeds/ Graines de sésame fraiches

A while back, I was invited to give a talk on the benefits of traditional and local foods. It was part of a workshop organized by one of our local partners ADEPES (Asociación para el Desarrollo Pespirense) in Pespire, Choluteca.

For the workshop, women were also asked to recall their favourite recipes (old and current) and write down the ingredients and preparation method. It was nice to see them share their tips and memories about food. They talked about what their mothers, grandmothers, neighbours used to cook and this was usually followed by comments like “I remember really liking that recipe! I need to cook this more often!”

Women from the community write down their favourite recipes/ Les femmes de la communauté écrivent leurs recettes favorites

Women from the community write down their favourite recipes/ Les femmes de la communauté écrivent leurs recettes favorites

A women from the community describes her favourite recipes/ Une dame de la communauté décrit ses recettes préférées

A women from the community describes her favourite recipes/ Une dame de la communauté décrit ses recettes préférées

The best part of the workshop is that we got to cook some of these recipes. No, scratch that. The best part about the workshop was that we go to cook the recipes AND EAT!

We modified some of the recipes to improve their nutritional value. For example, we added carrot puree and yuca leaves puree in the corn flour to make tortillas. This gave very colourful tortillas, something that is unusual here but that the women really enjoyed.

I loved the experience so much that I asked ADEPES if we could repeat it for the interns as an intercultural activity (by the way, one of the interns, Sabrina, has a really neat blog that you can check out here).

Trying to learn to cook traditional Honduran recipes/ On essaie d'apprendre à cuisiner des recettes traditionnelles honduriennes

Trying to learn to cook traditional Honduran recipes/ On essaie d’apprendre à cuisiner des recettes traditionnelles honduriennes

Cocinando

Flower from banana trees. We used the stamen (I had to recall what I've learned in my basic biology courses!) to make a dish with yuca (manioc) leaves  /  Fleur de bananier. On a utilisé l'étamine (merci à mes cours de biologie 101!) pour préparer un plat avec des  feuilles de yuca.

Flower from banana trees. We used the stamen (I had to recall what I’ve learned in my basic biology courses!) to make a dish with yuca (manioc) leaves / Fleur de bananier. On a utilisé l’étamine (merci à mes cours de biologie 101!) pour préparer un plat avec des feuilles de yuca.

Getting ready to make tortilla dough with corn and yuca (manioc) leaves/ Prête a moudre la pâte pour les tortillas avec du maïs et des feuilles de yuca (manioc)

Getting ready to make tortilla dough with corn and yuca (manioc) leaves/ Prête a moudre la pâte pour les tortillas avec du maïs et des feuilles de yuca (manioc)

Tortilla dough mixed with carrot puree/ Pâte de tortilla mélangée avec de la purée de carottes

Tortilla dough mixed with carrot puree/ Pâte de tortilla mélangée avec de la purée de carottes

Cooking yuca (manioc) leaves tortillas / Cuisiner des tortillas avec des feuilles de yuca (manioc)

Cooking yuca (manioc) leaves tortillas / Cuisiner des tortillas avec des feuilles de yuca (manioc)

Cocinando tortillas


Responses

  1. Merci Thida pour ces belles images,pleines d’information sur la cuisine au Honduras et sur ton environnement.

    Affectueuses pensées, Suzanne

    • Merci Suzanne pour ton gentil message. Bises!

  2. Bonjour Thida
    Il est bon de te lire sur cette belle cuisine alors que nous avons envie que le printemps arrive, c’est comme un vent frais !

  3. Que de fierté pour ces femmes de partager leur savoir culinaire. Je trouve que ce genre d’atelier est très positif, à plusieurs niveaux. Estime de soi, apprentissages, partage de connaissance, amélioration de la valeur nutritive… sans compter le plaisir de cuisiner en gang et déguster des nouveaux plats. Bientôt j’organise une cuisine collective avec mon groupe de mamans, j’ai hâte!!

  4. I loved the pictures and idea of this – good for you – in making suggestions – and that they really liked them (ie. carrot puree)… very cool.


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