Tuesday, June 30, 2009
On our last road trip to NJ, I unexpectedly stumbled upon the answer. Trying to clean out my fridge of perishables, I found a half-used English cucumber, some celery sticks and a bag of baby carrots. "Hmmm, these will have to come along," I thought. So I tossed them in with the half-eaten bag of Doritos and set off to conquer (I mean crawl) along the Beltway. It was a success, not only did the veggies taste good, but they kept us hydrated and cool. Although, I still missed the Twizzlers, as we head off to Cape Cod for a beach weekend, I'm sure my waistline will thank me.
P.S. Parents, this might be a good trick to try with your kids. Fewer sugar roller coasters mean less fighting and fewer are-we-there-yets. Plus, you can save the candy as a reward for x-amount of miles of good behavior.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now, if you have leftovers, and when you are cooking for two you will, just pop them in the fridge until you need another quick fix dinner. This one is even easier than the first. Buy a loaf of Cuban bread or French, if you are in non-Cuban area, something long and soft-ish. Then chop up the remaining pork and sautee it with some onions and oil in a frying pan until the onions are translucent and the pork is warmed through. Split the bread down the middle and stuff with the pork mixture. Voila a quick and easy pan con lechon (bread and roasted pork sandwich) Plate and enjoy! This really needs no side dish, but if you must, I recommend an arugula salad or something crunchy.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I'll let you know how it turns out.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Loli used a flat bottom glass to squash the plantain into a thin disk.
Then its back into the frying pan, this time at high heat to get the edges nice and crispy.
Once they are finished, sprinkle with salt, let cool just a bit, and enjoy your delicious crispy tostones.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Yard Vybz, the tiny kitchen and counter place pictured below, also served amazing fresh squeezed juices. Lara and I had a beet juice with ginger that was incredibly fresh and delicious, and really really bright pink in color.
Another great place for lunch was the restaurant at the Courtleigh Hotel. We had some fantastic tandoori chicken and lamb chops. Unfortunately, the veggies left something to be desired. Eggplant must not be a traditional JA staple because it hadn't been soaked and the bitterness made it and the carrots it touched inedible. However, the Courtleigh made a fantastic Jamaican breakfast, so good in fact, that it merited its own post as JA postcard 3.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Michelle bought mangoes and a pomerack. I had never tasted a pomerack before. It's light and crisp with a bit of a floral scent to it. The texture is something between a pear and an apple, but the skin is bright pink. Trinidadians call it pomerack; Jamaicans call it otahiti apple, and the internet machine called it Malay apple.
Jamaica is not just about beautiful beaches and funky tropical fruit. We had the opportunity to check out a Sistren performance. Sistren is a theatrical group that uses performance to help communities heal after violence and address social issues.
Although we came as spectators, we became participants holding part of a long swath of fabric that symbolized the bloodshed in downtown Kingston and abroad. The procession ended with a very moving ceremony in a park dedicated to the children who have died as a result of gun violence.
One elderly woman cried as we listened to Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and told me that she had lost three sons to violence. Although the performance commemorated the dead, it also celebrated the living and urged a change in attitudes and hope for the future.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
P.S. The weather is delightful, even if it is a bit hot and humid!