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Travel To Cuba minus the passport and embargo stuff.

So when I was 9 may Dad married a woman from Cuba. She  made many things I turned my nose up to. (I was a very picky eater now I am just a semi picky eater) One of my fav things she made was  Black beans and rice. Until then all beans I had eaten were in chili or in a can of refried and all my rice was topped with butter.  Hey i was 9.  So I have asked her and some cuban friends of hers  and I never really got a for sure recipe. So here is what I have come up with .

1 bag of black beans soaked drained and cooked or 2 big ol cans of black beans if you can afford that type of thing.

One whole onion diced

as well as one green bell pepper diced too.

3 garlic cloves minced or pressed thru a garlic press.

2 TBS of vinegar white is ok but cider is better.

1tbs of sugar

3 tbs of Ketchup… don’t question just do it.

a big palmful of ground cumin and another of dried oregano.

2 cups of chicken or veggie stock. .

*Start 2 cups of rice cooking is a steamer or pan according to your rice package directions.

so  get a pot probably a large one and add some oil to the bottom saute up the onion and bell pepper for a few min then add the garlic. Dont burn it.  keep it going till onions are soft  add the herbs and stir it up. add the beans back in with the chicken stock sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Let this simmer for a while. I think mine went for like 30 min in all. I also did a couple smashes with my tater masher  to thicken up the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Viola yummy-ness.

In our home we lie to have pork with this meal. If  you want that too i would suggest cutting up a few pork chops into bite size pieces and pan cooking them up while the beans are simmering. To make it even better marinate them in some kind of store bought marinade about an hour before you cook them.  orrrrrrrr Mojo…. google it mah freeeen. Add the pork to the cooked beans.

serve it with rice in the bottom of the bowl then top with beans and maybe some fried plantains on the side. Soooo good I cannot wait to eat my leftovers.

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HELLOOOO OUT THERE!!!!

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Ok so it has been awhile. You can beat me… but hear me out 1st. I moved since last we spoke and not just across town.. try like across a whole state.  So we are back in sunny San Diego.

It is Christmas time… in fact 2 days before Christmas. and yesterday i had so much fun making Tamales with my mom and best friend. i dont have a recipe for you since really it ended up just being a throw together thing haha. But i do want you to know, No Tamales are not that hard. YES they are time consuming.  YES many hands make the work load light.  and YES it was an awesome bonding experience. My nieces were there too and I hope that one day they are able to grow up and keep this tradition growing.

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Pelmeni a.k.a. yummy meat stuffed dough.

So I always have a storage of ground beef in my freezer. I wanted to make something new for dinner. Something other then tacos or burritos or meatloaf ya know? so I googled “ground beef filled….” then i got this.  They are Russian yummies.  I am rambling.  I am not Russian in heritage ( that i know of) but my husband is. they eat a dish called veraniki  in his house  growing up. So he wanted  to try pelmeni. After much research on pelmeni i came up with this combo.

Dough

2cups of flour (start with 2 you might need more depending)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of water or milk

1/2 tsp of  salt

Mix the flour, eggs, water or milk and the salt. Let the dough rest 30 min to 1 hour and make the filling.

Filling

1lb of ground meat ( I used all beef but most of the recipes i saw used 1/3 ground pork and 2/3 ground beef)

1 carrot diced very very fine you could even shred it

1 medium onion diced.

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 tsp of black pepper

2 tsp salt

I cooked the carrot with the onion and salt and pepper. Then I added the garlic at the last minute. Let that cool a little then mix it with the uncooked meat. Add more 1tsp of salt and pepper to the meat mix too.

Roll out the dough thin ( no not paper but thin) You will need more flour it will try to stick to your table or counter. then cut out as many circle as you can ( I used an empty green bean can they say it is the perfect size). fill each little circle with a tsp of meat filling. Lightly touch the edge of the dough circle with a finger dipped in water and seal the whole baby up. Make sure you do it good so they dont pop open in the broth.

Broth

1 box of beef stock and an equal portion of water

2 bay leaves

a handful of peppercorns

Bring this mix to a low boil and add 6-7  pelmeni let em boil for 8 min. take em out with a slotted spoon. and place them in a very low oven while you finish the others.

You can eat these with their broth or with sour cream. Some people say soy sauce or mustard or vinegar but… thats not for me.  Also shots of Vodka are good with these.  🙂

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