Beans and Legumes

Brown Rice Pilaf with String Beans and Bacon

Our relationship with food and cooking has changed tremendously in the last ten or so decades, more so in the last few. Cooking was considered a skill, something you mastered after years of helping in the kitchen, working alongside the older women in your family. Cooking was primarily a female activity. On the one hand it ...

Spicy Fresh Shell Beans and Pork Sausage Stew

Oh joy! Right now I'm as happy as a dog with two tails: My favorite time of the year is here. Despite what you may think, it isn't the twinkly lights, the carols or even the food that make me so happy, it's the weather. For the last few days it's been so cool at night ...

Moro-Locrio (Rice with Pork and Black Beans)

Sometimes some dishes just don't work. Don't worry, I am not talking about the moro-locrio (rice with pork and black beans). This one actually did. I love experimenting with food -- isn't that obvious? Inspiration for new recipes come from everywhere, and sometimes things work in my head much better than they turn out in reality. That is ...

Moroccan vegan chickpeas

Speaking strictly about food, we could have done much worse than to be colonized by the Spanish. Spain has one of Europe's richest culinary traditions, a richness that was in no small measure influenced by the "Moorish" occupation of the peninsula from 710 to 1491 AD, a whopping 782 years. Over 200 years longer than "European ...

Vegan "meatballs" with spicy eggplants dip

If you are a meat lover, please dont tune out yet. Just because you love your meat doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good, clean, vegan dish. Sometimes, even the sturdiest of systems needs a reset. And for those occasions, or to serve to your vegetarian and vegan friends, I have just the dish: Vegan ...

Spiced lentils with carrots and purple potatoes

Wanna hear what I did this weekend? I worked 16 hours a day for 3 days, I squeezed the work of a week in those hours. It doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, I loved it. If you do what you love for a living, you'll be on vacation all your life. I ...

Pigeon peas and pork roast stew

It's the day after Christmas Eve. The house looks like a battlefield, it's a mess everywhere. People in various states of undress pass us by scratching assorted body parts. Lots of yawning. We're still dizzy from a night of happiness, laughter, lots of food and the occasional argument over something that will be forgotten the next morning. And there are ...

Green split peas soup

Quick, summer is coming soon! It's barely May and round here the heat gives us little respite these days. Luckily it has been raining heavily for the last two days, which brings the heat and humidity down a few notches to more bearable levels. Cool enough to eat soup without melting into a puddle of sweat, and just ...

Lentil stew

Just as we do at home, we aim to keep the food in our blog balanced. This seems intentional, and to a certain point it is, but I've also noticed that over time I've unconsciously been avoiding repeating too many recipes of the same category. After posting a few rice, meat and other type of recipes ...

Habichuelas con dulce (Sweet cream of beans)

It has always surprised us that of all our recipes, this is by far one of the most popular. The surprise comes from the fact that there are no two habichuelas con dulces alike. Each home has its own version. Habichuelas con dulce is one of the most cherished traditions among Dominicans. It is prepared in ...

Moro de habichuelas (Rice and beans)

Moro is a mixture of rice, beans and vegetables. This is one of the most common dishes on the Dominican table. We are presenting here a generic recipe in which you can use either black beans, white beans, faba beans, butter beans or green pigeon peas in place of the red kidney beans. Dominicans are not ...

Rice and fava beans-stuffed pepper

Cooking rice and cultivating houseplants. I have the kiss of death when it comes to these things. I don’t know what it is about me, but sooner or later every plant that comes into my care meets a sad, withered demise. I have even been known to kill cacti. But that’s another story. Rice is the ...

Chambre (Legumes and meat stew)

It's fair to say that I have learned as much from my readers' comments and emails throughout these years than I may have taught them. And I have discovered a treasure trove of new dishes in our cuisine that I did not know existed prior to my starting to write about Dominican cooking. A million thanks ...

habichuelas-dominican-recipe

"Dominican cooking? It's more than just arroz y habichuelas (rice and beans) you know"... that statement could be this site's motto, and probably would be if it were a little more snappy. Most visitors to the country cannot be blamed for thinking on first sight that Dominican food is just rice and beans. It is the 'plato ...

Judías con chorizo (Beans and chorizo)

No wonder Columbus risked life and limb in a dangerous adventure in his pursuit of spices. Our lives would be duller without them, and for enthusiastic food-lovers nothing warms the cockles of our heart like a well-spiced dish. In the chapter The Great Chilli Migrations of her book Spices Manisha Gambhir tells us the story of how chili left America ...

Sopión (Sweet and spicy red bean stew)

Food is not just nourishment. There's also an emotional relationship between people and food. And the food we grew up with, no matter how unusual to the rest of the world, always comforts us and brings us memories of happy times long gone. That is exactly the case with this Sopión (Sweet and spicy red bean ...

Guandules con coco (Pigeon peas with coconut)

'Tumba Coco' is the slightly comical name of a village in San Juan de la Maguana province, and can also be a derogatory term for a simple person. I heard someone once criticising a village school for 'only being able to teach the kids to knock down coconuts'. But this is not a job to ...