I started out by cutting most of these recipes in half! This is the Curtido and it is traditionally served with Pupusas, which I will get to in just a minute.
The highest point in El Salvador is Cerro El Pital at 8957 feet, on the border of Honduras.
The country has a long history of devasting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. There are over 20 volcanoes in El Salvador, although, only 2 have been active in recent years: San Miguel and Izalco.
El Salvador has over 300 rivers and the most important one is the Rio Lempa, which is the country's only navigable river. The tributaries of the Rio Lempa drain about half the country.
Another interesting fact about this fascinating country is that out of the eight species of sea turtles in the world, six of them nest on the coasts of Central America and four of those make their home on the Salvadoran coast.
El Salvador lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire (we have something in common!!). On January 13, 2001, there was a 7.7 earthquake that caused a landslide that killed over 800 people. Just one month later, on February 13, 2001 (12 years ago TODAY), there was another quake that killed 255 people and damaged about 20% of the nation's housing.
Groceries for tonight ran me $14.26 (I also included in the cost the ingredients that I need to prepare my recipe for my Valley Bugler column), which left $5.74 for the Beach Bag. The total after Year 2, Country 86, Week 34 is $222.17. I realize that I've gotten quite a few new readers as of late, so here is the deal with the Beach Bag gig. I prepare an entire meal with a budget of $20 or less per country, the money that's left out of the $20 goes into my "Beach Bag" and at the end of the year, I go to the beach and have a blast!!
You all voted, albeit, a very long time ago and next week's country is Uruaguay. Make sure to vote for the 88th country/Week 36 by scrolling ^^^ up and to the --->>> and you'll spot the poll. There are 4 choices, so pick which country you'd like to see featured and I'll cook it!
Again, I've really missed my international meals and it feels really great to be back on my culinary journey. So until we meet up in Uruaguay...PEACE!