Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another New Food

Lately my spanish teacher Mario and I have been trading cooking classes at each others home, both to learn to cook and to make me practice my spanish. He teaches us to make Central American food and I teach him to make things like chocolate cookies and homemade pizza. It's been a pretty good deal.

This week we learned to make jocón (a very tradition Guatemalan food based in cilantro). It's pretty yummy and I've been wanting to make it ever since we got here.

First you boil chicken and save the chicken stock for later use.

The chicken stock, along with bunches of cilantro, onion, green pepper, boiled tomatillos, lettuce, and garlic clove are put into the blender and made into a liquid. The boiled chicken is lightly fried on the each side in little bits of oil before going back into the big soup pot along with the liquified ingredients.

The soup is boiled for eight to ten more minutes. Chicken bouillon, salt and pepper are added to taste and  small amounts of flour are added for thickening.

In the end you get this....

A very green looking, yet delicious, soup-like guatemalan food. It's always good with a little side of rice and tortillas. Yum! Get ready family - you're trying this at Christmas.


  1. Can't wait to try it! I just may let YOU do all of the cooking at christmas! Maybe we should have an "international" christmas feast instead of traditional turkey. Thoughts?

  2. I don't want it. I don't want anything!!!

    Maybe a nap, I want/need a nap.

  3. I believe an international feast would be a wonderful idea and I would be more than happy to cook you said feast. BUT not in place of turkey. I am not ok with this proposal - turkey, mashed potatoes, and corn must be eaten.