It is called Budin (pronounced boo-deen) It is a bread pudding except this version is made with banana bread. It is sweet but not overly so, it has cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and star of anise spices as additional flavors. It was just sweet enough for my taste. Some El Salvadorians add raisins to it. Ours was simply bananas and it was wonderful. Ours was delivered on a large round platter and was cut into a circle and the center. This allows more pieces and less waste. There could not have been a better way to end our days in El Salvador than with this dessert.
While we were in El Salvador working on the house, the church had local ladies that cooked for us. Honestly we did not have a bad meal. The church made sure the cooks washed everything in water that was safe for us drink there by removing the threat of parasites. Our first meal was grilled chicken, rice, tortillas, fried cheese and steamed broccoli and carrots. This was the best grilled chicken I have ever had bar none. the rice was cooked just right and seasoned with butter and spices. The only item I could grow to like was the tortillas, they were very bland to me.
Our first meal in El Salvador
Breakfast usually consisted of eggs, ham or sausage, re-fried beans, fruit and bread. One of the mornings with sausage, we had a wonderful salsa with it. This salsa was spicy and flavorful but not spicy hot. All of the breakfast were filling and hearty.
The fruit ranged from oranges to pineapple to grilled plantains (my favorite). I was surprised by the coffee. I did not think of El Salvador as a coffee growing area, but there is a significant amount it grown there as a cash crop. I found the coffee smoother than some others I have ad from Central America. The coffee will not replace my normal morning brew here in the states, but it is good.
Dinners were typical El Salvadorian fair. Lots of rice, some pasta for side dishes. Fried or grilled chicken and fish for main dishes and of course the ever present tortillas. I think I cleaned my plate at every meal except for the tortillas they were just a little to bland for me.
My next travel experience will be to El Salvador. I am going as a Chaperone for a youth mission trip from our church. We are headed out with 12 teenagers and 6 adults to Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Look for post here soon about the food and culture of this Central American country. On out tourist day we are heading to Parque Nacional El Imposible (The Impossible National Park) where we will spend the day hiking and swimming.
In June I am headed to North Alabama so my oldest son can attend Space Camp. I went when I was 13, my daughter went when she was 13, now it is my middle child’s turn. I am planning for us to cooperate on some post about Space Camp after that week.
In August the adventure will continue as we will be off to experience a NASCAR Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In between you can look for content about experiences from some of my previous trip and things to do around my current home in North Carolina.