cassava

Pork w. Vermouth Sauce & Celeriac and Cassava Mash

Nearly every week for years now I have gone into the kitchen and created something new and unique. Sure, sometimes it was just a matter of tinkering with and writing a recipe created centuries before I was born, but there's always my touch in it. I set the table and present the food in its ...

Cassava bread (casabe)

If you don't know what casabe (cassava bread) is, Aunt Ilana wrote a fantastic article that explains it all. You'd be well-served to read it.If you know what casabe is, you are probably asking yourself why I have to write a recipe for it. After all, Dominicans don't make casabe at home. We just walk ...

Vegan sancocho (root stew)

Vegan Sancocho? Do you know what a sancocho is? If so, I know what you're thinking: "if it's vegan, then it isn't sancocho". After all the recipe in our blog is called a "seven meat-stew". You can hardly get any more carnivorous than that, short of chasing and killing your own prey.I love sancocho, but ...

Panecicos (Cassava and pork rolls)

While I would love to think of myself as an intrepid investigative writer, travelling the Dominican countryside in search of hidden treasures of our culinary culture, the fact is that I am nowhere near that. We just travel aimlessly around the country from time to time, sampling the local foods and befriending perfect strangers on ...

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava)

Locavores are those who are part of a global movement that proposes the consumption of locally-grown food. It's a movement fueled by concerns about the environment and the nutritional quality of food that has travelled from afar, and subjected to diverse methods of preservation.As with anything, there are several sides to this argument.As with any non-centralized movement, ...

Empanaditas de yuca o catibías (Cassava pasties)

It was love at first sight with Mr. Queso de Hoja, the cheese vendor, whose, uh, balls of cheese were always the freshest…Oh, how I miss the street vendors. All vendors really, but in particular, and in no small part due to their multitude, the food vendors, of course. The travelling hair accessories guy is ...

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

If you are looking to two foods that speak of the history of Dominican food it has to be cassava and sweet potatoes. Both were part of the Taino diet, long before a European ever set food in this side of the planet. It is our luck that this roots, who grow easily in our ...

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If you read our book, or browse through our blog, you'll notice that many a time we credit a friend, a reader, a friend's grandmother, or a stranger we gave a ride home in an isolated area of the country for a recipe. As is the case with these arañitas and arepitas de yuca (cassava fritters).While ...

Pastelón de yuca (Cassava Casserole)

Why spend money on losing weight when it's mainly a question of common sense? Diets are a relatively new phenomenon, unless you count the biblical “milk and honey”, “bread and fishes” or the Roman “wine, women and song” as diets.The compulsion to go on a diet is relatively recent, because not so long ago being ...

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Someone gave me a deep fat-fryer about a month ago and it sat in my kitchen, ignored, until just last week. I was having such a hard time with the notion of sinking foods into so much hot sizzling oil, tightly contained in a bin-like receptacle plugged into the wall. And my arteries collapsing under ...

Sopa boba (Lame soup)

It has sometimes struck me that for a country with a very hot and humid climate, there is very little about Dominican food that is light and refreshing.There are a couple of light salad dishes on the daily Dominican menu, but for most people the preferred salad is the more stodgy Ensalada Rusa, which especially if ...