Nicaraguan Rice & Beans with Fried Plantain

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I’m home and looking forward to getting back to blogging following my break!  I had an amazing time in Nicaragua, definitely my favourite trip so far!  It is such a beautiful country, and even more beautiful were the Nicaraguan people; so friendly, warm and helpful.

Food wise, my favourite was the Caribbean coconut bread on Little Corn Island, so delicious!  With the exception of the lovely Flor de Cana rum, rice and beans was definitely what I consumed the most.  Known as Gallo Pinto, it is the Nicaraguan national dish and is served with every meal.  I have made a slightly modified version a couple of times since I have returned home.   I used brown long grain rice rather than a white shorter grain, and the kidney beans which I used are larger than the red beans in central america.  I also added slightly more onion, garlic and red pepper than is usual.  Gallo Pinto is pretty much standard around the country, except that in the Caribbean side of Nicaragua they fry it in coconut oil, which I prefer as it noticably enhances the flavour and the nutrition.

I have also been craving plantain fried in coconut oil since I’ve come back.  I had never tried plantain before Nicaragua and I really liked it so I will be buying it here more often.  I topped it all off with some Nicaraguan Lizzano hot sauce, which is what I smothered all my food in on my trip, and got so addicted to that I brought some home (along with the rum!).  OK so both are not quite ‘natural’ but they are delicious! :-)

Here’s some photos of my trip!

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These parakeets live in the crater walls of the volcano. Their beaks are adapted to filter out the sulphur.

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Young coconut trees and sunshine on Little Corn Island. Paradise!

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Tropical storms in the Caribbean. Still beautiful and incredible to witness!

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Crab on the beach

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Nearly walked in to this spiders web!

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Boiling pools of mud due to subterranean lava flow from Telica volcano

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Underground Volcanic gases near Telica volcano

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Wild flowers

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I was lucky to see Nicaragua’s national bird, The Guardabarranco

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Dragon flies by the crater of Telica Volcano. When the sun set I could see the lava bubbling inside.

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Inside a bat cave!

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The crater edge of Telica

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Marrabios range of Volcanoes

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Hiking above the clouds!

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Leaf cutter ants

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Tarantula!

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Sunset in Las Penitas on the Pacific Ocean

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Sunset in Las Penitas on the Pacific Ocean

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Sunset in Las Penitas on the Pacific Ocean

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Sunset in Las Penitas on the Pacific Ocean

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Entrance to the Mangrove forest of Juan Venado

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Crabs on the mangroves

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Amazing camoflauged bird!!

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Iguana

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Conception Volcano on Ometepe Island

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Beautiful Ometepe Island

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Conception Volcano on Ometepe Island

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Sunset on Ometepe Island

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Conception Volcano on Ometepe Island

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Egret catching fish in Lake Nigaragua

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Vulture scavanging on the shores of Lake Nicaragua

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Toad by the shore of Lake Nicaragua

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Such a fun tree house hostel when you sleep on hammocks on platforms in the trees!

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Howler monkey

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Howler monkey

 

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