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Riobamba-Cuenca Drive

Does anyone speak quichua? (Ecuador) Riobamba-Cuenca Drive

Jama Ecuador –

My multi-talented friend Silvana touches my life in many ways.  She is often found at her family’s Exclusivo Restaurant, where she takes extra care in serving me MSG-free food and natural juices ‘sin azucar’- without sugar.    She added her own magic touches to the evolving bodega floor here at the Riverhouse, and she has also started dabbling with a WordPress blog!  Read her loving story about her family and their restaurant HERE:TRABAJO FAMILIAR.  She is a highly-intelligent young woman who has studied abroad and returned to her roots to teach others about organic gardening and being a good steward of the earth.

Lovely Multi-talented Silvana

Lovely Multi-talented Silvana

This week she helped brainstorm for words TAGGED Q for Frizztext’s Alphabet Challenge, and I am grateful for her suggestions! There are several words here that were new to me, so thanks Silvana for these in particular:

quemar – burn  (Someone who loves to cook for large groups would surely know the word for burn!  Someone who first visits Ecuador will also learn how quickly the sun can burn one’s skin, even on a cool and pleasant outing!)

quizas- maybe  (This one will be a fun one to use!)

Rosie:   “Lisa, will you help me with —“

Lisa:  “Quizas;  it depends.  Are you asking so that it relieves you from responsibility (ahem/ as in lazy?)  or to help you learn something new?!”

Can anyone guess what word the following photo illustrates?

Friday is cheese day in Jama!  T

My friend Xavier Cevallos drives to their family farm in the village of Santa Teresa, where this product is brought to town on horseback.

Queso-Cheese!

The horses bring the boxes of cheese to the little community of Santa Teresa, about one hour down four-wheel-drive roads!  My friend Xavier meets his workers every Friday and drops off supplies before returning to Jama with the queso fresco.

The horses bring the boxes of cheese to the little community of Santa Teresa, about one hour down four-wheel-drive roads! My friend Xavier meets his workers every Friday and drops off supplies before returning to Jama with the queso fresco.

Quinoa Fields near Cayambe Ecuador - Photo by Marie Groff (Thanks, Marie!)

Quinoa Fields near Cayambe Ecuador – Photo by Marie Groff (Thanks, Marie!)

Quinoa: lovely for the eyes, healthy for the body!

Quinoa: lovely for the eyes, healthy for the body!

Quinoa Lessons from Xavier

Quinoa Lessons from a different Xavier

quinoa-spinach tabouli 01

Quinoa Crisps & Sauteed Tomatoes

Quinoa Crisps & Sauteed Tomatoes


quinua-Quinoa.

The indigenous of the Andes speak quetchua

Many indigenous Indians of the Andes speak quichua

Quichua- indigenous language of many Indians in the Andes.  I suspect that Silvana will soon write a post about a few Quichua words!  Her blog is in Spanish, but the translator programs will solve the mystery of most of her words for un-Spanish speakers!
Here are a few of her other suggestions:

querido-dear
quiero- I want
quien- who
Qué- What
quince – fifteen  – I will always remember when I first saw the spelling for the word, ‘Fifteen,’ which of course is pronounced totally different in English!

Quinouli is not a Spanish word; it’s a new one that describes a quinoa/cheese breakfast creation!

Quinouli Fritatta - Wow is this ever delicious!

Quinouli Fritatta – Wow is this ever delicious!  How to cook it? Go HERE.

Hop on over to Silvana’s blog and enjoy reading her stories about her beautiful country!  Her personality burns through, and it’s my honor to introduce you to her!

Here’s another one of her posts:  Esmeraldes.

Thanks, Frizztext!  I’ll be on the road when this one heads your way.

See you when I return home!  Z

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