a reply to: MaMaa
I grew up with Cuban grandmothers (great grams and gram)
They made empanadillas, (like beef patties)
Tamales (Cuban style, in corn husk and with different type of corn meal)
Smoked pork chops
Oatmeal, that is just their own appropriation, though they would obsess about it. I would get a POT of it, not a bowl...lol
Lots of lemon chicken breast and mashed potatoes.
Tostones (Fried green plantains)
Platanos maduros, (fried sweet ripe plantain)
Steak, lots of onion steak.
Soups, I dont remember any of them, but Cuban style soups inspired by Galician style ones. (There was a HUGE immigration of Galician Spaniards into
Cuban coffee and "pan con manteca"- espresso and potato bread covered in butter for breakfast.
Fruit, all sorts of Caribbean fruit and home made desserts made from them.
Rice, my god, lots of rice.
Arroz con moro- White rice and thick black bean soup mixed together.
White rice with broken up eggs on it covered in tomato sauce.
yellow rice with green beans and assorted meats, like a bastardized paella.
More, I cant even remember.
Concon- Slightly burnt rice, usually the left overs of a pot that stick to the bottom, then slightly dressed up and served as its own dish.
Incredible.....really. Dominicans do this like pros.
There is so much more.
I miss their kitchen. I wish my kids had that. I am not even slightly Cuban culturally anymore (not really). It would all be alien to my kids.
We dont even have Cuban family we speak to anymore. The Cuban side was more political and didnt even last more than a generation and consisted of
immigrating Spaniards from Spain during the civil war.
My great grandmother was a first generation Cuban. My grandma left Cuba when she was about 30 along with her mother and my mom and uncle. Thats about
it. Only my grandmother married a Cuban guy.
My kitchen in my house is more Mexican centered now. LOL
Life is weird.
edit on 3 11 2016 by tadaman because: (no reason given)