One of the challenging things about being an ex-pat living in Guatemala is the adjustment to the local food; or more precisely the absence of certain foods. Those of us who choose to live here generally love the food, perhaps having eaten variations of it in our own countries. But sometimes there are things that we miss. Personally, I miss West Coast Canadian sushi, for other people it is other things.
Sometimes ex-pats get creative looking for substitutes for the foods they were used to in their countries of origin…these are lentils sprouts, being “sprouted” by an ex-pat who has lived in Xela for about 4 years. In many countries bean sprouts are a fabulous alternative to lettuce, and although they can be purchased in Guatemala, they are not common. After a little research, this ex-pat is trying ‘sprouting’ with different kinds of beans. These sprouts tasted a bit like snow peas, sweet and crunchy!