Saturday, 28 January 2017

Time for Fitness - Arepitas de Yuca

Everyone of us needs some exercise to use that muscles well we find in our body. I'm sure, but not quite filled with knowledge on that, there is some kind of saying in different languages and cultures, but here in Germany we say: "Wer rastet der rostet." That is, if you rest, you put on rust. I don't like to put on rust. It doesn't look so fine on my beautiful body.
What did I just say? Never mind. Don't pay any attention on the comment about my body. I wasn't meant to say that. Anyway, instead of rusting sometimes I do some running, although that is less at the moment. Instead I do some exercises in the house, like push-ups or dancing. However, as you might be well aware of, there is one particular kind of exercise, I prefer, a way of burning that molesting old calories. I used to call it food fitness, putting your muscles to good use, while cooking.
The other day, we cooked our version of 'Bandera Dominicana' (Dominican flag). That dish contains rice, some kind of meat stew and a dish of beans (the latter might lead to some other kind of exercise, I don't want to dwell on in more detail). On the side we had a little dish, that is called Arepitas de Yuca. Maybe you also have heard of yuca under the name of cassava, manioca or mandioca or other.

Well, don't get me wrong on that picture ... I didn't eat that little.
I don't like to throw all the recipes of the complete 'Bandera Dominicana' at the moment, but if you insist I will do so at a later point in time. Don't fear it will take months again until I continue putting up posts here on the blog.
Let us just concentrate on the fitnessy part of the whole plate, the Arepitas de Yuca.

Fitness ingredients:
Aniseed (optional)
Oil for frying

Instructions for exercise:
Let's do some exercise then. The more you prepare the more exercise you will get from it.
First of all we start with the yuca. Remove that brownish stuff all around ... äh ... let us call it peel the yuca. Then we go for the fun part ...

... grating, and when I say grating, you have to grate it very finely. If you just go for one root, that is not enough in my opinion. Let's have at least another one to give those rusty old muscles a little workout.
The results of your work you can mix with a pinch of salt, an egg, sugar and honey according to your taste and if you like to have aniseed in it, you are welcome, too. The trick is, you could even add pepper, if you wanted to, but ... we didn't want to at that very moment.
Having done that you are ready for frying ...

... adding tablespoon portions. Make good use of the space in the pan or ... whatever.
Fry the are-it's de yuca golden brown on both sides in order to ensure that they are well cooked on the inside. Removing them from the oil put them on kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil. Then you can snack away or ... eat them on the side of a greater scheme of meal.

Well, in the end you will end up putting in more calories eating all the food then you spent for preparing it. However, that wasn't our goal in the first place. We just wanted a bit of exercise for we need it so badly. Still there are other things we need so badly and one of those things is dessert ...

There is always room for some ice-cream, pudding, dessert, postre and sweets. I made that one healthy by putting on some blueberries. So, the day is saved.
Finally, do you have any further suggestions of exercise in the kitchen apart from dancing and making music with spoons and pots in the kitchen? Let us know! Please share.

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