This post’s title is dedicated to Charles at Five Euro Food who posted a link to this video in his comments on our Ecuadorian beans. Since then, I cannot say the word “Ecuador” without yelling it in my head (or out loud) just like in the song. Fortunately it makes me laugh every time too, so I’m not annoyed…yet. But I’ll give you fair warning, if you listen to the song you will never hear the word Ecuador the same way again. Ever.
In addition to our bean stew on Sunday, we also made a wonderful fruit dish. This recipe is again adapted from Laylita’s Recipes and would be wonderful on a hot summer day. We also thought it would be a great complement to our hearty and spicy beans. (Translation – just in case I hated the beans, I needed something to fall back on!)
The dish is called Come y Bebe, or Eat and Drink. It’s a brilliant concept for a fruit salad. It’s basically an Ecuadorian drinkable fruit salad with a name that the kids loved to say! Especially Miss A who loves all things “baby,” never mind it didn’t mean that kind of baby.
It’s very simple to prepare and can be done in advance. Although if you’re making it ahead of time, make sure to reserve chopping and adding the bananas until it nears serving time to avoid discoloration. We started our come y bebe by peeling, seeding and chopping a papaya.
We then tossed everything into a mixing bowl and added some agave nectar simply because so many of Kelly’s recipes with agave inspire us!
Fortunately I didn’t need a fall back plan for the meal, because the stew turned out pretty good. Miss A, however, made her entire meal out of the come y bebe after trying the beans. She definitely enjoyed her fruit salad and gave it a good 3 spoons. In fact, we all did. It was a solid side dish which could easily be served as a summer appetizer (grown-ups could add a bit of rum) or dessert (serve with a drop of whipped cream). It was sweet and tangy, very tropical. The kids liked being able to drink the juice and fruit right out of the cups too.
This is certainly a recipe we’ll come back to again next summer. Or perhaps even in the dead of January when we could use a taste of summer.
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