Colombian Art

Browsing around today I found the following Link (link is dead now :( ), and then continue to read.

I am very proud of being Colombian, sure I am pretty much an American now when it comes to the way I live and I love America as much if not more than most natives. But I am very proud of my roots and if some day I have kids they will learn about my culture for sure. Turcios is my latest finding, Colombian talent is one of the things that makes me the proudest of being Colombian. From Botero to Rayo and their paintings to Gabo and his Magical Realism all those works of art make me proud to say where I am from.

It is difficult to explain to people that have only heard about Colombia via the mass media, that Colombia is a lot more than the country where most of the US drugs come from. But pointing people to works of arts made by Colombians, makes them realize that we do a lot more for the world than drugs and coffee.

Turcios is my latest finding, and I hope you enjoy his work as much as I did.

Arroz Con Pollo

Well, one of my favorite Colombian dishes is Arroz Con Pollo, or chicken and rice. I made it this weekend for some friends and they loved it. After being asked for the recepy I decided to post it here. Some people might do it a little different, but this is the way my Mom makes it. Let me know how it comes out if you try it :)

Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) 4 Servings

Ingredients
1 lb – Chicken Breast
2 Cups of White Rice
2 Tomatoes
1 bunch of Green Onions
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Can of Mixed Peas and Carrots
2 Squares of Chicken Bullion OR 1 packet Sazon Goya con Achote
Vegetable Oil
Salt

Preparation

While the chicken cooks, chop the onions very finely, chop into small squares or grade the 2 tomatoes (yes with a cheese grader), and chop 1/4 of the red bell pepper very fine.

Boil the Chicken with the Chicken Bullion or Sazon Goya. Make sure that the chicken is cooked, and keep the broth. Remove the chicken and cut it in little squares, or let it cool and hand shred it. Add 4 cups of broth to the 2 cups of rice. If you have a rice steamer use it. In the stove, cook the rice on high until it boils, once it is boiling for about a couple of minutes reduce the heat to medium for about 10 mins. The rice should be starting to dry up, do not let it get too dry. Remove rice from the heat, if in a steamer, let it click and keep it warm.

On a sauce pan add some vegetable oil(just cover the pan), medium heat and start browning the onions. Once the onions are brown, add the tomatoes and bell pepper. Let the mix simmer and stir constantly until it forms a paste. Remove from the heat. (You just made Guiso, Colombian style).

On a frying pan, add vegetable oil and brown the chicken.

Now the last step, is add the guiso, canned vegetables, and browned chicken to the rice. Mix all the ingredients in and put the rice on low for about 5 mins. Then turn the heat off and let it sit for another 5 mins. And you are done.

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