Bucket List: Puerto Rico
I have contemplated visiting Puerto Rico many, many times over the past 5 years. I knew someone who went to school there and thought it would be great to visit. I don’t think I did intensive research about the place, but I do remember looking up “hurricane months” or “best time to visit”. Often, I do spend time weighing the options of visiting a place based on the weather. Of course, right? I don’t want to be carrying lots of things plus an umbrella while I plan on being outside a lot. I’m also secretly unable to manage an umbrella in one hand plus something else.
My Puerto Rican food memories are isolated to this co-worker decades ago and she would invite me every now and then to her house for some home cooked food. Her dad would cook fried pork chops and rice. The pork chop was so delicious and moist and the rice full of flavor.
This beans, pork, and potato dish was delightful. I’m a first time user of salt pork so one thing I need to be mindful of is adding more salt to the dish. While this dish was tasty, it was a bit salty as a result. I’m also a new consumer of sofrito, which according to the www.thespruceeats.com, “is used in cooking throughout the Caribbean and especially in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It’s a fragrant blend of herbs and spices used to season countless dishes, such as stews, beans, rice, alcapurrias, and occasionally meat”. I ate this by itself and also with white rice.