pineapple

Sour and sweet pork with pineapple

It's that time of the year again, or so I am reminded by the commercials interrupting my TV viewing. You know, Valentine's Day. I can't be bothered to care. You know how I demonstrate my love to my dear husband? I cook meat for him. Yeah, I almost never eat meat, but I don't mind cooking it ...

pineapple-coconut-tarts

Yay, another mini-dessert! This isn't the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives. And I absolutely loved these. What's not to love in these puffy ...

Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato cake) for ...

Niño envuelto (Rice cake wrapped in cabbage leaf)

School summer break is almost here. My daughter finishes school in a week or so, and with it comes the good and the bad of having a 6 year old who requires supervision and entertaining. For the time being I am concentrating on the fact that I will no longer have to get up very early ...

Jalea de batata (Sweet potato pudding)

Things are changing around here, most of the changes are in the background, but they slowly start showing. Switching from our old platform to our new blog format is something that we discussed, and something I (Aunt Clara) particularly thought pretty hard about. Our old format served us well for many years, but things needed to ...

Mabí / guarapo de piña (fermented pineapple juice)

After a few days during which our very hot summer gave way to intense and seemingly-random rain, we are back to sunlight and hot days. Fortunately we Dominicans have a few weapons in our arsenal to help us survive the heat. Fermented drinks are not uncommon in the Dominican Republic. I'd dare to say that ...

Arroz con maíz (Rice and sweet corn)

"What do you mean you 'don't like it'?" How many times have we been the source - or target - of that baffling question? Taste is a weird thing, and the old adage "there is no disputing about tastes” encapsulates perfectly the pointlessness of such arguments. Perhaps the wisest approach to life is to ...

Piña Colada (Rum, pineapple and coconut cocktail)

A drink that suggests tropics, beach, and sunny days under palm trees. It is easier to prepare than you think, so go ahead, bring a bit of the warmth and flavor of the tropics to your own living room with this simple recipe. Time: 15 mins. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 cup of pineapple cut into ...

Dulce de leche y piña (Milk and pineapple fudge)

There are some undying traditions and customs in our country. One that doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon is the custom of stopping midway in the way in or out of La Capital to eat something or to buy something to bring our family. No trip in or out of El Cibao is complete ...

Pera-piña (Pineapple and rice juice)

There are two groups of people who have strong opinions about how people should raise their kids: people who have kids, and people who don't. I don't know exactly what genetic quirk makes people feel is not just vital, but urgently necessary to share their deeply-held child rearing philosophy with other parents. You know who else has ...

bizcochodom6

Volumes can be written about bizcocho dominicano (Dominican cake), and have in fact already been written (check the comments!). This cake seems to be the ultimate test for the expert Dominican cook, and however daunting, and confusing the instructions might look to the novice cook, let me assure you, if you follow the instructions carefully ...