Cuban Rice is a festive side dish for any meal! Plus, more highlights from Spain!
Our Culinary Journey Around the World is in Spain to enjoy some recetas deliciosas (delicious recipes) plus highlights from my daughter, Madi’s, recent trip to Spain! Last week we shared a delightful Ropa Vieja dinner which had this weeks recipe in the photo’s so this week we are sharing the recipe for the Cuban Rice!
It’s been so fun to be cooking and exploring Spanish recipes to share with all of you and even though this dish is called Cuban Rice, it goes perfectly with our Ropa Vieja’s!
My daughter, Madi, brought back a darling little cookbook from Barcelona for me and we’ll be sharing recipes out of it for the next couple of weeks! It was also a special treat to have her bring some adorable dishes back from Spain for me to take the pictures with too! I’m so excited for you all to see them!! 🙂
Now let’s turn it back over to Madi for more highlights from her recent trip to Spain. . .
Hello again. 🙂 Madi here! Today we are going to explore Zaragoza and Montserat!
Above, we have pictures of a beautiful Cathedral in Zaragoza! One thing that really stood out to me about the architecture in Zaragoza were the detailed ceilings (middle picture).
Below are pictures of The Aljaferia Palace!
These magnificent white pillars and arches are what you see when you first walk into The Aljaferia Palace. This Palace is the last standing Muslim castle in the world from the 11th century. It is also where the Spanish Inquisition took place. One of my professors noted that now many people would love to walk through these palace doors to explore the palace. But back then, during the Spanish Inquisition, no one wanted to walk through those doors because it meant death.
More beautiful detailed ceilings!!! I couldn’t get enough of them.
Just imagine having one of those in your house!
Now on to Montserat!
We took a day trip to Montserat traveling from Barcelona by train. Once we got to the bottom, we had to take a big yellow cable car up to the top. This city on a hill was quite the sight to see!
As you can see, it is surrounded by green and mountains. Up at the very top, there is a Monastery that is still active. Many people travel to Monserat only to see The Black Madonna that was found in the 12th Century. It is one of the few places in the world that has a Black Madonna.
My aunt Camey gave me this great shirt before I left on my trip! It was perfect and everyone loved that it said “Hola Bebe” since I was pregnant and in Spain. I’m fluent in Spanish and had a blast speaking it while I was there. I learned Spanish in Mexico and the accent is so different there, that the Spaniards could tell! People would ask me why I spoke like a Mexican and once I explained they’d say, “Ahhh con razon!” Which literally translates to “with reason” but would be our way of saying makes sense!
Enjoy your yummy Spanish meal with Cuban rice and tune in next week for a great recipe out of the Spanish cookbook I found in Barcelona!
Cuban Rice is a fabulous side dish to compliment any meal! Enjoy!!
Much Love and Peace~
Madi & Ruthie
- 1 small yellow onion, small diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup green pepper, small diced
- ½ cup red pepper, small diced
- 1½ cup long grain rice
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 2½ cups chicken broth
- Heat a stock pot over medium high heat, once hot add oil then onions, saute 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring.
- Add rice, peppers, and spices; cook 1 minute.
- Add chicken broth, cover, and simmer.
- Cook 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Serve warm and Enjoy!