When I am not traveling, I try to include aspects of travel in my daily life. It helps me feel that even though I am not in an exotic location, I am still able to experience all the world has to offer. Experiencing a country through its food is one of my favorite ways.
Usually, I try to recreate dishes that I have had on my travels, but at lunch a few weeks ago, the Spanish teacher at my school was eating a chicken dish, and it sparked my interest. Marcela is from Colombia, and she introduced me to Colombian Pollo Sudado and gave me her recipe.
I still have yet to visit Colombia, but I have been dreaming of visiting the South American country for some time now. I have heard wonderful things about the food, culture, people, and natural beauty of the country. Hopefully, it will be the next destination I visit in South America.
Meal: Colombian Pollo Sudado
Pollo sudado, a chicken stew, reminds me a lot of Italian Chicken cacciatore, though the flavors are very different. Not only is it delicious, it’s relatively easy to make.
8 Chicken drumsticks or thighs, without the skin
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 minced garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 chicken bouillon
2 packets of Sazón with Azafrán
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
7 small yellow potatoes, peeled and cut in half (I used Yukon Gold potatoes)
2 1/2 cups water
1. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a large pot.
2. Add the onions and red pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent.
3. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté for about five minutes.
4. Add in chicken, water, bouillon, Sazón, and cumin.
5. Cover and cook for twenty-five minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add in potatoes and cilantro.
7. Cook for thirty minutes
8. Serve over rice.
I cannot cook without music, and I love finding music that matches the meal I am making. Shakira has always been one of my favorite artists, but I wanted to see what else Colombia’s music scene had to offer. I found the artists below, and I am loving the music just as much as the food.
Shakira – Loca, Rabiosa, La Tortura
Fanny Lú – Mujeres, Ni Loca, No Te Pido Flores
Juanes – La Luz, A Dios Le Pido
Fonseca – Eres Mi Sueño, Te Mando Flores