Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Cuba Day

We've tasted a lot of different foods through our Culinary Trip Around the World.  I've linked the posts in the sidebar in case you want to read them again or for the first time.  Our next stop was Cuba.  No cigars, but we did have a really tasty salad.

Ensalada de Garbanzos (Garbanzo Bean Salad)
All those bright colors are so cheery!
We really enjoyed this salad.  Okay so maybe it was just myself and my husband who really enjoyed it, but the kids all did try at least one bite.  I think a couple of them ate a larger helping.  the vinegarette dressing gave a nice tart taste, while the peppers gave good crunch, and the garbanzo beans added substance.

We also had Arroz Amarillo (Yellow Rice):
Appropriately Named
It didn't taste much different, as it was seasoned with onion, garlic, and salt, but that yellow color was, well, a bit frightening.  It called for saffron to give the color, but since I didn't have that, the girls added the turmeric instead as per the instructions.

The meat was Cerdo Asado (Roast Pork):
Nothing fancy, but still quite tasty
Apparently it is traditional to roast a pig, but since that wasn't an option, a pork roast served the purpose. First it was marinated in garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and sour orange juice for a few hours before being roasted in a slow oven, basting with saved marinade if the roast looked dry during roasting.  We all liked the taste, very moist and delicious.

Here was our Cuban supper all dished up, ready to be eaten:

For dessert, I helped the girls make Mango and Papaya Milk Shakes:
Sorry for the bad lighting, but they did look pinkish/orangish

It included a diced mango, diced papaya, milk, and ice. They tasted pretty good.  It would have been better if I would have added more ice to make them thicker.  Oh well, live and learn.

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