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Live a day in the food of a woman from a Quechua family in the Andes, following what she might have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

A Day in Her Food fact: A woman living in hunger in the Andes will not experience much variety in her food options. For example, lunch is nearly always potato-based, and taken in the fields while herding sheep.

 

 

Ingredients for the day (for one person):

 

6 potatoes

170g cracked wheat, or bulgur wheat if it’s easier to find

1 ½ carrots

1 corn on the cob

Half a tablespoon of chopped onion

Half a tablespoon chopped tomato

A few mint leaves

Salt

Vegetable oil

 

To drink on the challenge: Water throughout the day (no tea, coffee or other drinks)

 

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BREAKFAST

 

Potato stew with boiled wheat

 

A simple dish to start her day

 

Ingredients:

 

2 potatoes, chopped into cubes

Half a tablespoon of chopped onion

Half a tablespoon of chopped tomato

90g of cracked wheat or bulgur wheat

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

 

Method:

 

  1. Lightly fry the onion and tomato in vegetable oil.
  2. When soft, add the chopped potato and mix.
  3. Add around a cup to a cup and a half of water – enough for the potato to boil.
  4. Add salt to taste.
  5. In a separate saucepan boil 90g of cracked wheat/bulgur wheat as per packet instructions.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Once the potatoes and wheat are cooked, serve together.

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LUNCH

 

Fried potatoes with grated carrot

 

Lunch is usually potato-based and would be taken in the fields, while herding sheep

 

Ingredients:

 

2 potatoes, chopped into cubes

1 carrot, grated

Vegetable oil

 

Method:

 

  1. In a pan fry the potatoes in enough oil that they are half submerged.
  2. Keep stirring, flipping potatoes over so they cook evenly and don't stick to the pan.
  3. Once potatoes are fried, drain the oil from the pan.
  4. Add the grated carrot to the potatoes, and on low heat combine thoroughly.
  5. When carrot is heated through, remove from heat, and serve.

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DINNER

 

Wheat and potato soup with mint, and corn on the cob

 

Potato again... 

 

Ingredients:

 

80g cracked wheat or bulgur wheat

Half a carrot, chopped

2 potatoes, chopped into cubes

A few mint leaves, chopped

1 corn on the cob

 

Method:

 

  1. In a saucepan, mix the cracked wheat/bulgur wheat with the chopped potatoes and 2 cups of wáter.
  2. Boil per wheat packet instructions.
  3. Before the potatoes are completely cooked, add the chopped carrot and salt to taste.
  4. In another pan, boil the corn on the cob.
  5. When wheat, carrots and potato are cooked, take soup/stew off the heat and serve with chopped fresh mint on top, and the corn on the cob at the side.

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