Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - SUGGESTION FOR A GOOD RECIPE. Grandmas always know how to cook - Julia Enaigua, 71 years old – La Paz, Bolivia - Julia was born more than 70 years ago in a little village on the shores of the Titicaca Lake. In her family everybody was, and is still now, a fisherman or a farmer. Indeed, she grew up first playing and then working in the fields, too. When she was 25 she got married and moved to La Paz, the city where her husband came from. Since that moment her job has changed: from a farmer into a seller of vegetables. She has got a small stall in one of the many markets in the city. Every day she wakes up very early, takes a bus to go to the countryside outside the city, buys huge bags of vegetables from the local farmers, goes back to the city by bus and, after arranging her stall for the day, she is at the market until she sells almost all the vegetables. Unfortunately, nobody is waiting for her home now, her husband died a few years ago and her children live in another house. However, it’s a pleasure that every weekend they both gather at her house and she can cook for them and her 5 grandchildren.
Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup) - Ingredients:
- 8 big haba (green beans similar to fava beans)
- two tufts Huakataya
- 3 ears of white maize - 12 small papa piño - 1 red onion
- 200 gr salted fresh cow cheese - oil, salt, chilli powder
/ First of all, boil the ears of white maize and the papa piño (without peeling them) in some water in two separate pots. Cook them for 40 minutes.
- In a casserole, fry half chopped onion with some oil on a low heat. - Peel the haba beans and add them to the onions. - After 10 minutes, add some chopped Huakataya and a pinch of chilli powder. Pour in a glass of hot water. - Check on the cooking point of the beans at times. When you think they are ready, add the cheese which has been diced, and let everything cook for 5 minutes more to melt the cheese. - Drain the ears of maize and papa piño. Chop the ears in three pieces and also half the papa piño if you like. Place them on a plate and pour the sauce you have obtained from cooking the cheese and beans on top.