Puerto Rican style red beans
Brown a few chunks of smoked ham - no oil necessary. Add garlic, sofrito, a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce, and salt. Stir. After about a minute, add a can of red kidney beans (no need to drain), a few chunks of some sort of pumpkin with a green rind, chicken bouillon, and half a can of water (depending on how much sauce you want). Cook until sauce thickens to your preference.
Chicken with rice*
Brown chunks of chicken. Drain the liquid from the pot and add water, rice, chicken bouillon, onions, and sofrito. Cook until chicken and rice are done. Serve with beans.
|Chicken with rice cooking|
|The view from the balcony|
|I'm in the front looking terrified|
|El Yunque National Forest|
|A cloud tripping over the mountain, to use Karl's phrase|
|Being in the middle of a cloud felt totally isolated|
|Breaded and fried sausage in one hand, deep-fried bread in the other|
|My cousins Kelly and Karl drinking pina coladas|
|Meat on a stick!|
|Pina colada ice cream in Old San Juan|
*Note: this is the convenience version of chicken with rice. The real thing, as made by Aunt Sandra's mother, includes bone-in chicken pieces and vegetables, is colored with annatto, and takes approximately all afternoon to make. It was delicious.