I hope I haven’t missed this discussion, but could benefit from some input. I am making what my folks called peas and rice, with pigeon peas and rice, but what some call rice and peas. I have been using various versions of cooked sofrito, but this year have a lot of rocotillo peppers, and have been researching other versions as well.
Within the last year or so I bought “La Cocina Latina” by Maricel E. Presilla ( thanks to a fellow HO, I suspect), and am now down the rabbit hole of options. So much information!
Sofrito changes depending on what part of the world you’re talking about
I live where there is an enormous Cuban and Puerto Rican influence so a sofrito to me is onion, garlic, and peppers, possibly with a little sazon.
Some places it has cilantro, some has tomato…it just depends on what you’re cooking and what region youre cooking from.
Even peas and rice varies wildly…in the Bahamas its gandules (pigeon peas) and rice in a mild tomato based sauce…my college chum from Jamaica (rice and peas in her mind) made her version with kidney beans and spicy peppers.
Thank you! Husband from Jamaica thinks it’s “rice and peas” with kidney beans ( insert side-eyes), but fortunately I cook the correct version of peas and rice with pigeon peas. My mom’s family is from Nevis, but with lots of Bajan influence. I only learned the terms sofrito and gandules from friends while growing up in NY.
I absolutely love this wordless post with the picture, because the words don’t need to be said, I hear them anyway: Look. This is how it’s done. You look hungry, have some more.
The general area of the world being discussed here seems (in my very small experience meeting people from the area) like it must be one of the prime worldwide sources of recipe disagreements, with a strong local supply and a booming export market in recipe disagreements too.
I don’t know exactly what causes it to be that way, but the net effect is a lot of good people making a lot of good food, so I think it’s all right.
You’re right. Maybe I have an odd background. I love where I grew up, but the traditional regional food is overcooked peas & carrots with overcooked meat. Excellent mashed potatoes though… but not much to argue about, other than where we can move to to find interesting food.
As in the aforementioned “peas and rice” vs “rice and peas”. And a hot sauce for every “yard”.
In spite of my opinions, I am almost always in favor of a dish that is offered, over one that is just talked about. The peas and rice in the picture was offered, and my husband, although his opinion differed, ate it.
I just finished listening to, then watching “The Good Lord Bird” and would enjoy talking like that.
One favorite is “his cheese has slid off his biscuit.”