LEARN HOW TO COOK DELICIOUS, SIMPLE AND AUTHENTIC RECIPES FROM EL SALVADOR WITH ALICIA MAHER
Thursday, February 20th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Whole Foods Market, 3rd & Fairfax, Free
On the menu:
Squash and Cheese filled Pupusas/Pupusas Rellenas con Ayote y Queso
The word “pupusa” derives from the Nahuat language and it has two possible meanings, either “stuffed” or “puffy,” perhaps in reference to the fillings and how pupusas puff up after cooked.
In 2005, the Salvadoran government issued legislation designating the Pupusa the national dish of El Salvador. They are simply delicious and showcase the artisan quality of our culinary traditions
Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce/Pollo en Salsa de Alguashte
El Salvador’s cooking is very resourceful, as we try to use every part of plants and animals in the food we prepare. For instance, with pumpkins, from the flesh we make candied pumpkin but reserve the seeds for other uses like sauces for meats and vegetables. This recipe is perfect for the whole family or company
Easter is just around the corner, and in El Salvador, this is a holiday steeped in centuries-old traditions, and is celebrated in every corner of the country. It is also a time to prepare and share with family and friends traditional dishes like torrejas. This sweet and aromatic dish is not only delectable, but is also a favorite during the Easter season.
Torrejas are similar to American-style French toast but there are basic differences that make this dish unique. We always use egg bread, omit the vanilla from the batter, and always fry the torrejas in oil, not butter. But perhaps the biggest difference is the special sugar and cinnamon syrup which is vital to the dish, as the golden fried bread slices are plated and soaked in the syrup before serving. You will enjoy and savor each bite.
About the Author:
Alicia Maher was born in El Salvador and resides in Los Angeles CA since 1986. She learned to cook at a young age authentic Salvadoran food from her grandmother, great aunts, aunts and her Salvadoran friends. For almost thirty years Alicia has passionately carried and shared her country and ancestors’ culinary traditions with family and friends. In her cookbook Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, she sets out to preserve and teach El Salvador’s home cooking history, flavors and dishes to future generations.