Aruba March 18

Flag Day

On March 18, 1948, at a conference in The Hague, Aruban leader Shon A. Eman presented a petition signed by more than 2,000 Arubans in favor of independence. Thirty years later, during a parliamentary session on March 16, it was agreed that March 18 would be Aruba’s National Day, the official celebration of Aruba’s national anthem and flag. Every year on this day, businesses across the island close and everyone comes out en masse to celebrate with waving flags and parties. The celebration takes place at Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad.

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AYACA

Serves 4

Ingredients:

•2-3 pound chicken legs and thighs

•½ cup lime juice

•1 cup of pork chop)

•2 tablespoons of tomato paste

•3 tablespoons of oil

•1/2 teaspoon curry, cumin, garlic powder

•2 chicken bouillon

•1 teaspoon dried oregano

•1 tablespoon soy sauce

•2 tablespoons of butter

•Save 3 tablespoon of bouillon for dough

Dough

  • 1.1 ½ cup of milk
  • 2.1 ½ cup of water
  • 3.1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4.1 ½ teaspoons of sugar
  • 5.½teaspoon of cumin
  • 6.3 cups corn meal

Filling

•6 banana leaves steamed

•2 dried prunes

•¼ cup raisins

•5 chopped olives

•2 pickles chopped

•1 small shallot

•2 teaspoon pickled vegetables

Method

Soak chicken in lime juice and meanwhile in a large pan cook tomato paste,

Oil, curry, cumin, garlic powder, bouillon, oregano, soy sauce and butter.

Cook for 2 minutes and then add chicken and pork chop. Put lid on pan and

cook for 5 minutes. Take chicken and pork out of pan cool a bit and then

De bone and set aside.

Dough

Mix milk, water, bouillon, sugar, salt and cumin in a medium pot over medium

Heat until almost boiling. Remove pot from heat and slowly add corn meal

While stirring for 1 minute. Let cool.

Filling

Mix chicken, pork, prunes, raisins, olives, pickles, chopped shallots, and

Pickled vegetable in a bowl. On

banana leaves spread the dough

Evenly and add filling to banana leaves fold banana leaves and tie them with

String. Add banana packets to salted boiling water for 1 hour the Eat.

Try with:

Ariba the national sip or Pinot Noir                                        SALUD !!