Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 26: Latin American Heritage Month – Food

Lili Normand
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts

Do you know Canada celebrates Latin American Heritage Month in October? It started in 2018. Parliament recognizes the contributions of Latin American people to Canada.
Although Slave Lake doesn’t have the population of a city, our town has more than 10 Hispanic/Latin American families that contribute to our multiculturalism. People from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Nicaragua live and work in Slave Lake. You can say “Hola” and practice a few Spanish expressions when you see them around town.

Food, music, culture and traditions are usually involved in a Latin-American celebration. Today, you will learn about three different dishes from Latin-America.

Enchiladas (ehn-chee-lah-dahs)
Enchiladas is one of the favourite entrées of Mexican cuisine. The word means seasoning with chili pepper. They are rolled up corn tortillas stuffed with meat and beans. After, they are soaked in spicy salsa and cream or cheese on top.


Arepas (ah-reh-pahs)
Arepas is a versatile dish, they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Made with cornmeal, they are flat and round. This Colombian food can be eaten plain or with fillings. Arepas are considered a symbol of gastronomy (culinary custom) in Colombia.


Empanadas (ehm-pah-nah-dahs)
Stuffed pastries shaped like a crescent moon. They are popular in several countries of Latin America. The empanadas filling could be meat, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, spices or vegetables depending on the country.


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