Monday, January 10, 2011

Hospitality...Colombian style

I had another "I can't believe I'm driving through the countryside of Colombia" moments on Saturday on our way to our friend, Daniel's family finca (which is like a small farm or acreage) just outside Medellin.  The scenery was beautiful and roadside stands of sunflowers, cala lilies and anthuriums were a colorful backdrop to the tall hedges.

Before Christmas we described how delicious beer can chicken was to Daniel and his wife, Diane.  They were intrigued, and probably a little skeptical, so we bought 2 holders for them in the States and brought them with us to try out.

Roger, Craig and I arrived to find a beautiful home on 3 acres that had pigs, chickens, cows, a vegetable garden, and flowers and avocado trees were everywhere.
The house and guest house
Outdoor dining room

Colombia grows an avocado that are the size of large mangoes

These parrots were hysterical -- they actually laughed at us!

The first order of business was to get the BBQ started with charcoal and at one point, there was more smoke than fire.
We were hoping for "where there is smoke...there is fire"

The chicken was huge, and the BBQ didn't have a cover, so we decided to demonstrate the method and cook it for awhile and then cut the chicken up to cook or else we would have been eating at midnight.
Daniel imitated chef Jamie Oliver by brushing the meat and chicken with fresh rosemary and oregano

Fresh herbs and peppers that really packed a punch and got Roger sweating and hiccuping!
Diane had plenty of people wanting to hold her 5 month old baby, Santiago, who was a cheerful, easy going baby.

A delicious feast with salad ingredients from the garden
The home was built 7 years ago, but had a warm, rustic charm that made it look much older.  Daniel's mother has a wonderful design style, and some of the antiques were worthy of any museum.

We feel very privileged to have met Daniel and his wife.  They have taken us under their wings and are great fun to hang out with.

A day of good food, good wine, and good friends.  Perfect.

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose."
Tennessee Williams

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