Hi, I’m Kitty. I was born in Venezuela, and moved to New England at a young age. Like all the other immigrant kids, many were the days that the content in my lunchbox was made fun of…
“Is that a potato? Gross!” No, lunchables brat, it is an arepa.
A delicious, soggy, gluten-free lunchbox arepa (a childhood delicacy).
And now, arepas are the hipsters’s new taco. So, aforementioned lunchables brat who now lives in Dumbo is asking me how to make them.
The Arepa Kitchen features the best arepa recipes and ideas, approved by me, an arepasseur, so you can:
- One-up your most talented taco-making friends.
- Impress your Venezuelan in-laws.
- Quench your thirst for a gluten-free carb that is versatile and yummy.
Arepa 101: What is it?
- An arepa is a flatbread, made of ground maize dough or pre-cooked maize flour.
- We eat arepas every single day in Venezuela, mostly grilled or baked, for breakfast (or used to, when there was food), or at any time, really.
- Arepas are gluten-free.
- We fill it with essentially anything savory.
- There are many different versions of arepas (fried, baked, grilled); I focus on the non-fried recipes because we eat them baked or grilled in Caracas.
- You HAVE to use pre-cooked cornmeal made for arepas, P.A.N. brand works. Find it on Amazon or at the local supermarket. Do NOT use the same flour to make tortillas, it will not work. Do NOT buy just any corn flour, that will not work.
- They’re SO easy to make.
- My favorite dinner party calls for an arepa bar; to a Venezuelan that sounds a little nutty because this is really a breakfast food, or something you eat at home. But I think an arepa bar is chic.
- Colombian arepas are different. Not all arepas are equal. Venezuelan arepas are better, this is a fact.
Why was this website created?
Besides the ole “I want to be a blogger,” to me, food is something bigger. It drives families out of poverty. It brings people together. Immigrants often take a chance at entrepreneurship in their new country, and open a food business of their home gastronomy – that is how we eat so many different dishes in the U.S.
Food is medicine. Food is everything… and I’m hoping The Arepa Kitchen does its part in keeping Venezuelan cuisine alive, and somehow that will keep the Venezuela that I remember alive.
This website has just been launched but the goal is to monetize it, and contribute to the humanitarian crisis happening in my country. Since I have yet to make a cent, if you would like to contribute, please donate to this initiative; my sister’s friend started it.
About Comparte Por Una Vida
Venezuela is experiencing a humanitarian crisis that is affecting a very large part of the population throughout the country.
Comparte Por Una Vida is a non-profit organization that started in 2016 by Ana Isabel Otero that collects inputs and funds in order to be able to alleviate this problem as much as possible.
To meet the growing demand, CPUV depends on international donations, used to:
- Buy formula
- Nutritional supplements
- Ingredients to prepare the children’s food
- Shipping costs to Venezuela.
With your help they can do much more. They currently serve:
- 35 hospitals nationwide, which receive formula and nutritional supplements for children
- 6 homes, which receive food for their children
- Their “School Lunch” program that takes a daily meal to children in very poor areas, serving 233 children on a permanent basis at the María May school in El Calvario neighborhood in El Hatillo and many others.
In the state of Miranda there are 100,000 children who also are in need of the support of this program, 10 more schools in EL Hatillo town and the city of Valencia, however, the quantities of food that are required are very large and without the donations is very difficult to achieve.
With $ 130 eat 233 children their full snack for one day.
With $ 20 a baby is fed for 4 days.
On their website you can see the info of all our collection centers in the world and have the links to donate in both Bolivares Bs (Venezuelan currency) and USD.
Visit their website: www.comparteporunavida.com
If you’d like to work with us, email me firstname.lastname@example.org