Sunday, September 9, 2012

Licuados y Batidos de Dios a.k.a. Divine Smoothies

  One of the first things my husband and I did once we got settled into our apartment here was buy a blender.  We knew from past experience in tropical lands that we’d want to make refreshing fruit drinks on a regular basis.  Though there is an incredible array of seasonal fruit choices available in El Salvador, we quickly fell into a routine of using papaya, banana, mango, orange, and sometimes, pineapple.  On occasion I’ll indulge in a Sandia (watermelon) Licuado after a visit to the gym or when I meet someone at a café.  But mostly, we make Batidos at home.  (Licuado= Fruit + Water, Batido=Fruit + Milk)  The drink is a perfect mid-morning snack that helps us make it through to lunchtime.  Here’s the general recipe for our special drink (though honestly, I never measure anything):
Put in blender…
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ - 1 cup chunks of papaya and/or mango
  • juice from one orange and/or a squeeze of lime
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • milk or soymilk to cover (2 cups?!)                                                 

      Blend ‘til smooth and DISFRUTA!  (i.e. enjoy!)

  Recently our blender broke and we found ourselves without our ritual.  I turned to chunks of ripe papaya with yogurt and honey.  Good, yes, but not the same!  After a few inquiries around town we were happy to find the replacement part needing fixing and now we are back to our tropical-life-inspired routine.  Hallelujah!  Or as we say here in El Salvador, “Gracias a Dios!”.
 Neighbor's giant mango tree, mangos, and Licuado de Sandia

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