Summer is coming! So, let’s hear it for the last soup of the season. Maybe.
Much as I love my soups, and I have written about my love of soups many times, soon the weather will make eating soup the kind of thing I wouldn’t do for fun. This Tomato and Tortellini Soup was bouncing around my head for many months, so I had to get done testing and tasting before summer makes daytime Sahara look like a vacation in the Alps.
Growing up we always had Casabe (Cassava Bread) at home. Despite the simplicity of its preparation (see recipe here), its inexpensiveness, and its very mild taste, casabe is a great snack. Versatile even.
This Casssava Flat Bread Breakfast ties in with some of my many experiments on how to make casabe appealing to the unsophisticated taste of the kid I was.
It’s no exaggeration to describe tubers, root vegetables (tubérculos, raíces or víveres in Spanish) as iconic Dominican foods. If they were more photogenic they could easily claim a spot on the Dominican flag (not the edible variety) alongside the other national symbols featured there, if a vacancy were to arise.
In standard Spanish, the common name used for tubers in the DR, víveres, actually means the basic foodstuffs that are needed for survival. This gives us some idea of the importance of tubers for Dominicans. It also reminds me of the way the word for bread in Egyptian Arabic, aish, means life.
There’s always a story behind each of our recipes. Sometimes the story starts with us, sometimes it starts with you.
One of our readers asked for “a creamy chicken soup”. Later she reminded me about that chicken soup. What I didn’t tell her is that I was working on that “creamy chicken soup”, but it takes time to test a recipe, and then re-test it. Not that I heard any complaints. Finally, I got something that had the husband asking for seconds, and reheating the leftovers the next day.
Living in a tropical paradise certainly has its perks, and while right now some of our readers in the East Coast are complaining of their never-ending winter this year, I would be very careful not to brag too loudly, soon it will be summer here and I will be complaining every bit as loudly as they are.
You notice how the temperature changes where I live just by seeing what recipes I post each week. This is a good week for a cool drink, and since I love my cocoa in the morning, this creamy spiced cocoa is jut the way to go.