What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it!Jamie Oliver
When people get excited about food, I do too. One day my coworker Lede walked behind us carrying a casserole dish with delicious savory smells wafting behind her. Maddy said “Lede, you didn’t!”. I whipped around to see what all the fuss was about and eyed Lede placing the dish down with a smile lighting up her face. “Please, for you” she said gesturing toward the casserole dish. Maddy jumped up and I followed, not wanting to miss out on something clearly exciting and tasty that was about to enter my life.
Peeling back the foil revealed little meat and potato pies from Colombia called Empanadas Colombianas, or Colombian Empanadas. We indulged and for a while shared a communal ritual between friends. She made a bunch of empanadas and of course I gave her the third degree. ‘How do you make these?’ – ‘Is it hard?’ – ‘What kind of corn for the masa?’, she patiently answered each query.
After that day, I was almost confident enough to dive in. Her instructions were pretty clear. Boil the meat in Sazon, make the sofrito, boil potatoes, mash everything together. Make the masa and roll them out between two pieces of plastic, fill, fold, deep fry. OK, got it. I was still nervous but excited.
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