Lets go to the Puchero Canario, is what people say, as it has become such a popular event for eating out in general, known beyond Tenerife, by the way.
It's a dish whose recipe certainly goes back much further than the last Saturday of January 1979. That's when a woman who lived by the palm of the cattle fairground of La Florida invited its livestock herders for lunch for the first time. Needless to say, more of the trades people as well as neighbors followed suite. Many of the latter started to help very soon.
The above presentation is slightly different from the one that I prefer in Puerto de la Cruz.
It is a stew that is cooked slowly and which is prepared a day before it is served. It's made with different meat, poultry as well as a Chorrizo sausage for extra taste.
Fresh Vegetables are added depending on their cooking times.
The dish has several plus points. It looks appetizing, is hearty, tasty, healthy and appeals to the weight conscious, as they can see what they select. Also, the stew stock with the bulk of its fat is separated for the Escaldon de Gofio.
A whooping army style sixty two pots of stainless steel were needed to cook the slow-food for 7000 kg of Puchero Canario.
This yearly attraction of Tenerife cuisine is best washed down with a good red wine of the region.
Then, there's the alternative the Escaldon de Gofio
which looks rather like a mesh. It's made with its stock, as nothing
must go to waste. Indeed, the milled Gofio grains bind some strips of
meat together. Purple onion chunks and Coriander herb Mojo may be added depending on the chef's taste.
Take one of the special buses by 10a.m. in Puerto Cruz or Orotava that have white sign posts that read La Florida. Arrive way before lunch at its event, when the fog clouds have not started by its TF21 route. Walk all along the C/ de Los Guanches past the cooking grounds to the cattle fair where folk musicians play a part.
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Take photos of the breath taking
surroundings of La Florida Orotava. Have some coffee or Saboroco at Cafeteria Paraiso Calle Guanches no.30. Service at its bar was excellent with me. Have some lunch of barbecued food at some of the
street stalls instead of cueing up too early for the stew of the day.
Rather go for the latter after four p.m. to avoid agonizing time like 1,5 hours with me to stand in one spot in the cue waiting for ages until the long row finally moved on. By the way, Puchero Canario has been of tourist interest since 2019.
This culinary Tenerife event a part of the Folk Fiestas de Antonio Abad and the Virgen de la Esperanza attracts thousands of people. It starts several days prior with sports competitions, folk dances, Lucha Canaria and ancient card game contests. It is followed by the pilgrimage Romeria that is dedicated to the before-mentioned saints. A Romera queen, street musicians and floats are as usual. Needless to say, the Cabildo President and important politicians of La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz and more dignities are regular guests.
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