There is a very appropriate proverb that states we never know what we’ve got, until it’s gone. That’s is how I feel about my country, Venezuela. I was born and raised there and lived there until I was 18, when I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In my country most people dream of leaving the country and coming to America, where there are better opportunities, education, freedoms, and safety. I am truly blessed to have achieved those goals that most people only dream of. However, I really miss my country, my family, my friends, and authentic Venezuelan Food.
I am not much of a cook, but in order to have some Venezuelan dishes, I’ve had to learn how to make them myself. Not knowing much about cooking has made it very tough. In Fort Lauderdale, especially in the very Venezuelan-Populated town of Weston, or as we call it, Weston-zuela, the transition wasn’t even noticeable. There are Venezuelan restaurants, bakeries, and even “areperas”. Sometimes you can find Venezuelan products that you can’t even find nowadays in Venezuela.
However, I had to move to Montgomery, Alabama, where I have only met two other Latin American friends, and no Venezuelans. I was lucky to find the Venezuelan “Harina PAN” in one Mexican market, but that was only once. I visit Fort Lauderdale at least once a year, so I stock up on Harina PAN and any other Venezuelan product I can find.
The nostalgic feeling about Venezuela in general and about Venezuelan Cooking and authentic Venezuelan Food is what inspired me to write this blog. The way I figured it is that if I was missing my country and food, and was unable to find ingredients or ingredient substitutes, I was sure there were other people out there in the same boat, and maybe we could help each other out. I also thought about all the times I have cooked some delicious Venezuelan food for some of my American friends and what a success it always was. I figured, if they like it, then other people who are not Venezuelan might like it too.
So there you have it. This is a blog about Venezuelan Cooking and Authentic Venezuelan Food, by a non-chef, simple Venezuelan girl, who just misses her country and food. An authentic Venezuelan who wants to share anecdotes, tips, ingredients, and photos of her own journey in creating and finding authentic Venezuelan flavor in the US.