Trying a New Dish 25/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
Hosted at the Two Writing Teachers

Trying a new dish…

Arepas are a Colombian food made from maize or flour.  Arepas are a masa bread eaten daily and are often served with cheese, eggs, avocado, meat, or fish.  Arepas are similar to gorditas (from Mexico) and pupusas (from El Salvador).  They are  round and flat and can be grilled, fried, or baked.  Arepas are usually eaten for breakfast, but can be served as an afternoon snack.  Although arepas are a daily staple of Colombian cuisine, they are also served at more formal occasions, such as weddings and graduations.

The origin of the arepa goes back hundreds of years as a food eaten be many indigenous tribes.  They are eaten all over Venezuela, as well as Colombia, and are eaten across all socio-economic groups.  Everyone eats arepas!

The arepas I ate today were fried and sprinkled with a coarse salt.  They were served with cheese and fruit.  I ate mine plain – the salt was all I needed.  The beverage served with the meal was a Colombian hot chocolate (chocolate caliente).  Colombian hot chocolate is a little thicker with a hint of cinnamon.  ¡Delicioso!

I tried this new dish at a gathering with friends this morning.  Marcela, our Colombian friend, opened her home to us and cooked us a traditional Colombian late morning breakfast.  Her table was decorated in bright, vivid colors that made me think of the Colombian sun.  The conversation (all in Spanish) was as good as the meal.  Marcela and her aunt told about their native country, it’s culture, and some popular places to visit.

Before we left we made plans to travel together to Colombia next year.  I’m not sure if these plans were for real.  But, if we do get to Colombia… I’m having the arepas!

Colombian Arepa Recipe

Colombian Hot Chocolate Recipe


This Gift of Time 18/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
Hosted at the Two Writing Teachers


This Gift of Time…

As we are driving away into spring break, I’m wondering about this time we’ve been gifted… I’m wondering if this much anticipated week will live up to it’s promise of time.

Will we have time to rest enough, relax enough, reflect enough?

Will there be time to reconnect with family, friends, ourselves?

Will we make time to get lost in a story that we’re reading, writing?

Will we take time to notice the outside world – the feel of the warmer sun, the smell of the air, the sights we’ve been away from all winter, the sound of spring’s awakening?

Will we find time to accomplish the tasks we’ve put off for too long?

Will we escape from time just enough to have a new adventure?

And, as each moment of each day of this week passes, will we remember that this gift of time is precious, that this gift of time is only given once?