Since the women in O’s family are visiting us at the moment and cooking Spanish, I thought that I would share with you one of the easiest dishes: Cuban rice! I have no idea if it is a traditional dish in Cuba, but at least in O’s family!
3-4 deci-litres of white rice* (round grained, what we in Sweden call grötris / pudding rice)
1 onion – chopped
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 egg per person
1-2 bananas (plantains or “normal” bananas) – cut them length-wise in half.
olive oil, and dried herbs
Boil the rice as you usually do, but add some chopped onion and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Prepare a tomato sauce with some more chopped onion, garlic if you want and a few dried herbs (basil**, oregano, etc). Fry the eggs sunny side up (i.e just on one side, and the yolk should preferably be a little runny) in some olive oil, then fry the bananas lightly in the oil as well.
Serve a cup of rice with tomato sauce on top, the egg and the bananas. Quite yummy actually!😀
It is fun to have the Spanish family here, but it is very intense and I am completely exhausted every evening after having spoken (and listened to) Spanish all day! O’s 2-year old niece is so sweet, she calls me tía (aunt) and loves wearing my flip-flops! She plays maracas with her tío every evening! And speaking of maracas, I just found out that they are a native instrument from Puerto Rico – you learn something new every day [by googling a word!].
Today it’s apparently the day of the left-handed people, so I will just have to congratulate myself😉 According to a Swedish newspaper [Aftonbladet] left-handed people have a higher risk of schizophrenia, poor linguistic capacity and higher risk of accidents (en ökad risk för schizofreni, sämre språklig förmåga och högre olycksrisk)… I will use that excuse when I go a little crazy over making mistakes in Spanish (and not cleaning the windows – I might fall out because I am left-handed!?)!
*) or as much as you usually calculate per person
**) Maybe I shouldn’t generalise but in O’s family they have never heard of using basil (albahaca) in cooking! O’s mother grows basil in the garden, close to the windows as it is supposed to keep the flies out!? Can it really be true that basil is not used for cooking in Spain when it is sooo popular in France and Italy!?