|Ajiaco: Traditional (and delicious!) Colombian soup|
The first year, our friends were living in a tiny flat with just two chairs, so the four of us ate the meal in shifts (of course, they let us go first); the second time, they were house-sitting and after dinner we played Rummikub for hours. The third time round, their flat was larger, we drank a little too much, and it was all very lucky as our much-wanted little boy was conceived the next day! Fourth time round, the little boy was just a tiny baby, so they cooked for us at our place and this time round, we could take him with us, and he got to try the ajiaco too - he loved it, of course! And we then entertained ourselves (and him) by performing fantastic Beatles renditions on their rock band console game.
As you can see from the picture, there are a number of key ingredients to a traditional ajiaco (this is the Bogota version, I believe), including potatoes, chicken, corn cobs, capers, cream and avocado. It's an amazingly tasty combination and is heavy enough that it makes an entire meal on its own. We always go back for seconds, though, since it's just a once-a-year event!
One day, sometime, I definitely plan to visit Colombia, but in the meantime, getting together for this great annual meal is actually a little like travelling all the way to South America by only having to drive a few suburbs.