Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hallaca party - Venezuelan style Christmas

We were invited for a Venezuelan style christmas party some weeks ago by J and L ... Here's my favourite dish from that party!
In Venezuelan cuisine, an hallaca (sometimes spelt, and always pronounced "hayaca") typically involves a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, capers, raisins, and olives wrapped in maize (cornmeal dough), bound with string within plantain leaves, and boiled or steamed afterwards. It is typically served during the Christmas holiday.

Did you know ... Popular myth has it that, in colonial times, it was common practice for plantation owners to donate leftover Christmas food scraps, such as bits of pork and beef, to their slaves, who would wrap them in cornmeal and plantain leaves for subsequent preparation and cooking, which could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
Other food ... and drinks :-)

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