Did you know that in the Dominican Republic, and many other Caribbean countries, the fishing of lobster is banned for part of the summer?
La veda de langostas, as it is known here, seeks to protect the lobster from overfishing by giving the species time to replenish. It takes place from March to June in Belice, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá and the Dominican Republic (there may be differences between countries). And while the importation of lobster is not banned, and one could legally acquire imported lobster, environmentalists suggest that we do not partake, to make sure that we are not served illegally-caught lobster passing for imported.
Well, la veda has ended, just in time for this simple lobster pasta dish.
Before I became a vegan in my early 20s I was the perfect eater: I would eat anything – at least once. This included foods of questionable provenance and some very unorthodox meat cuts. It’s fair to say that prior to that I was a voracious meat-eater. I eventually quit my vegan adventure, but even today I subsist mostly on vegetarian food.
We all have our preferences, ranging from the totally reasonable to the insufferably picky.
Few non-vegans/non-vegetarians shun chicken. Most people like it, but what will make this 5 spices and honey easy chicken and potato roast a sure-hit is that not only is it exploding with flavor, it’s also summer-friendly. It takes a few minutes to prepare, leave it in the oven and you can then go keep yourself cool to prevent death from spontaneous combustion.
We change our eating habits significantly during the summer. That’s what happens when you live in the tropics. I am always looking for cooling dishes and dishes that don’t require long cooking. We loved this watermelon summer salad. I served it for dunch the other day and we practically licked the bowl clean.
- “Wait… ‘dunch?!’”
I am back home, can you tell?
I complained for weeks about the cold weather, and now I am home complaining about the heat and humidity. So I turned to our beloved paletas to combat the heat, this time inspired by famous drinks from 3 of my favorite countries. Wouldn’t you love some sangria, mojito and piña colada popsicles in this weather? And speaking about countries…
A while ago I started writing about urban agriculture, or gardening if you wish.
In this, the second installment in the series I am going to talk about some things you will need to consider before you embark yourself in this adventure of growing your own food.
The first thing you will need is a sense of perspective. Stop and think about the reasons you want to start a garden. Below you will find some questions to ask yourself.