I feel a little guilty about the simple recipes I have published the last few Wednesdays so today I will make it up to you with lots of photos from our Puerto Rican cooking session last Sunday. We were invited to our neighbours’ country house on the north coast – it was an amazing place with 3 – yes, THREE kitchens, 3 hammocks and a small pool!
Arroz con gandules
First, the ingredients, instead of taking notes we actually took photos of all the stages of cooking:
Ham, green pigeon peas, white rice, olive oil and coriander / cilantro (not in the photo), sofrito…
Fry the pieces of ham in some oil.
Add some spoonfuls of the Sofrito, which can be bought ready-made, or made according to the recipe I got from one of my Spanish teachers.
Add the gandules, or green pigeon peas in English as well as the liquid from the can
Add coriander / cilantro
Add the rice, ~1 deci-litre (1/10 of a litre, or as much as you usually prepare) per person
Twice the amount of water to rice. Add some salt.
Boil the rice for approximately 20 minutes, with a lid of course
Ready to eat – arroz con gandules!
Enjoy the rice with some pork roast (lechón asado)! We also had mofongo made with yuca and the starters below:
Deep-fried plantain nests with sausage meat
The starters were also yummy, prepared by our host J – O couldn’t stop eating them and I have to admit that for once I really enjoyed fried plantain! Some of them were made into plantain nests (my name, I don’t remember what they called them in Spanish) and others were just salted and eaten like chips!
Deep fry slices of plantain. Smash them and shape them into small nests / baskets (our neighbours had a special tool for this, which I have also seen in the souvenir shops in the Old San Juan!).
Fill the plantains with fried sausage meat (I can’t remember now if it was longaniza or some other Spanish style sausage, definitely not chorizo) and serve as a starter!
The siesta in the hammock was just the perfect ending to a lovely and relaxed Sunday with our great neighbours (and yes, we spoke Spanish the whole time!).