Locro West Seattle meets Locro Quichinche

That's right dinner tonight was locro.  There are as many locros as cooks.  This one was rich with chunky potatoes and a rich broth.  It was a simple dish which fits the style of this rural , low key area.  Nothing too fancy or too rich just plain good food.

Earlier in the day I had met with the school director at Tangali School and I am reminded of the soup.  He, too,  was a wonderful, soft spoken  humble indigenous man  who probably knows more about computers than I do.  He will be with us for a few of the days in Tangali.  His school could really use anything we can bring I think.  Soccer balls of sizes 4 and 5, basketballs , some volleyballs, a ball pump and he didn't mention it being the humble type but I am sure the younger grades would appreciate crayons, colored markers and other art supplies.  I hope the crew can figure this out.

I got a chance to go withmy family to the family farm land just outside Quichinche where we picked and shelled lima beans.  These were brought home and boiled for a couple of hours yielding a soft nice tasting addition to our locro.  The land seems to have everything the family would need from  including corn, avocados, fruit trees, broccoli, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, peas, various spices and of course a rotating crop of potatoes.  When one set is harvested another is planted.   They harvest year round in 4 sections of the garden.  One potato plant will yield up to 25 potatoes.  Teofilo, the dad of the family, tells me that one time he had one potato that weighed 5 pounds.  He attributes the yield to the rich fertilizer from guess what, guinea pigs...Bob

 

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