I used some of them to make koba, a Malagasy sweet:
in the pot, getting ready to be steamed
I've never had the real thing, so I don't know how well mine approximated it, but it *looked* right, and it tasted good.
... Eating food from faraway places is one way to bring them a little closer.
Music is another great way. This song, "Latinoamérica," by Calle 13, is powerful stuff (I'm on a Calle 13 kick right now), and the video is just incredibly beautiful, showing faces of people from all over Latin America. At the start, the radio announcer switches from Spanish to Quecha, and about two-thirds of the way through, the chorus gets sung in Portuguese. Powerful stuff.
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