In the past week or so, Robin, Cara, and I have started learning how to cook Dominican food. Last week, Amaury and Bernabe came over to the apartment, along with Amaury’s kids, to teach us how to prepare fried plantains. Here they are called tostones. We had a great time visiting with them and cooking together in the apartment.
Later Robin was telling a woman that we know named Jasena about wanting to learn how to prepare Dominican food. She said whenever we could to come over to her house and we would cook together. So, this past Saturday we went.
Jasena told us to be at her house around 10am. Dominicans eat their big meal of the day at noon, so if we wanted to learn everything we had to be there early. We made fried fish, rice, and a vegetable pastelón (a casserole-type dish). All of us were cooking for hours, we finally finished around 1pm and then all sat down to eat together. It was all so good!
The three of us decided that we wanted to try and do this once a week. We thought it would be fun to learn to prepare a Dominican meal one week, and then teach an American one the next. If y’all have any suggestions of what essential American food we should teach them, please let us know!!