Essentials for Spanish Cooking

I’m Guyanese and Hindu, but I have always been heavily influenced by Spanish culture since I can remember. I enjoyed going to my friends’ house to eat their home cooked food because the flavors are bold, intense, and deliciously similar to Southeast Asian cuisine. I picked up many recipes, tips, and tricks along the way from abuelas, tios, and tias, and madres! And enjoy perfecting my own Spanish dishes at home. You only need a handful of spices, herbs, and mixes to keep the flavors authentic and scrumptious. After years and years of cooking I got my Spanish cooking down … Continue reading Essentials for Spanish Cooking

Puerto-Rican Cubed Steak w/ Peppers (Bistec Encebollado)

I experimented in the kitchen and came up with this recipe (as I do all of my recipes) but I’m proud of this one and I’m going to attempt to do it again soon, but with a few twists. This is my version of cubed steak with peppers. I always saw this interesting cut of meat when I went grocery shopping and I knew it had to be made into something delicious, here is my recipe: Ingredients: 3lbs cubed steak 3 tbsp EVOO 3 tbsp Sofrito 1 packet of Sazon 2 tbsp Adobo 1 medium onion (sliced) 1 red bell … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Cubed Steak w/ Peppers (Bistec Encebollado)

Puerto-Rican Red Beans and Rice (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Habichuelas Guisadas is an easy and quick meal to make! It involves a few staple spices such as: Adobo, Sofrito and Sazon. You can eat this as a side with Spanish white rice and chicken or pork chops, you can even add canned salchichas (sausages) and they are great as an addition!  Ingredients: 2 packets of Sazon 1.5 tbsp of Adobo 1 tsp Oregano 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 8oz can of Goya Tomato Sauce 2 tbsp Sofrito 2 tbsp EVOO 5 potatoes peeled and chopped 1 can of red beans Directions: Heat your EVOO in a large pot, … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Red Beans and Rice (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz con Gandules)

Rice and beans! Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of authentic arroz con gandules? What I love the most is how simple this rice dish is but the intensity of the flavors! You can add olives, pimentos, and even diced ham.  Ingredients: 1 can of pigeon peas (partially drained) 3 bay leaves 3 tbsp sofrito 1 packet Sazon 3 tbsp EVOO 3 cups white rice 1 4oz can of tomato sauce 1 tbsp adobo 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 packet of ham flavoring or diced ham 4 cups hot … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz con Gandules)