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OLLA (AHL-uh, OH-yah)
unglazed pot or jar for cooking or holding water
meaty, spicy stew
____ podrida; Spanish
pot, Earthenware pot, Spicy stew; Stewpot; Paella pot; It's a
4 times a year
the true tastes of Mexico
Quintana Makes an Olla
thousand years ago in Chaco Canyon, this
olla, or water jar,
was left on the floor of a pithouse where two families lived.
Their pithouse was part of a small homestead in the shadow of
Fajada Butte. These people, known to archeologists as the Chaco
Anasazi, built and lived in their home from AD 950-1030, a time
of transition in the canyon. Nearly a hundred years before,
construction at great houses Penasco Blanco, Pueblo Bonito, and
nearby Una Vida had begun. By the time this pithouse was
abandoned, around AD 1030, the people living in the canyon had
begun a hundred-year period of intense construction that
completed all the great houses in Chaco Canyon. [National
a popular dish in Spain and Galicia. It dates back to the Middle
Ages, when it was called olla poderida, where poderida meant
"powerful" ("olla" refers to stew or to the
stew pot), referring to the powerful ingredients that it
included, or because only the rich powerful could get near this
certain rules of the language, the "e" disappeared and
left the word "podrida," a word which means "rotten."
This oftentimes leads to much confusion, such as theories that
the word referred to a stew which incorporated old bits of meat
which were starting to "go off."
principal ingredient is the red bean, and is well appreciated
when it is made with the exquisite red beans of Ibeas de Juarros.
The beans are traditionally prepared in a clay pot over several
hours (hence its name) until they become soft. To the stew one
adds the following "powerful" ingredients: bacon,
morcilla from Burgos, chorizo, and the ribs, ears, and snout of
smoked pig. The dish sometimes includes la bola or stuffing
(similar to the cocido stew), finished with egg. It is eaten
as a main course,
although one serves beans first and then the meats separately.
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