|Thanks, Dad, that this wasn't our tradition|
Holiday foods. They bring us memories, traditions, comfort. We can change them at our own risk, add to them for our own and others enjoyment or discard them all together, but there it is, no matter what your culture or what you're celebrating, there is some food that just says "It's holiday time!"
One of my favorite 'new to me' holiday foods here is pasteles. Truth? I'll probably never make pasteles. I think it is something your Puerto Rican mother or grandmother needs to teach you. So when I actually get one, it's a huge special gift. This is a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas treat and I was lucky enough to snag a couple from a party I went to last week. I usually take food TO a party, not take it away, but some things are irresistible and this was one of them. Ok, two of them. Thank you, Mary Ann and thanks to whoever made these delicious pasteles. Oh, you want to try to make your own? Here you go!
|Wrapped in parchment paper (I forgot to get the first photo, which would have been the two pasteles tied up with string. Very cool looking package of deliciousness!|
|Parchment paper opened and banana leaf slightly pulled back (if you don't think it took major self-control to not just start eating this immediately, you don't know me very well)|
|Mince up some garlic. Cut up a couple of pork chops and bacon in smaller than bite sized pieces. Start the bacon until you have a nice amount of fat going on. Add the pork and garlic.|
|Then add some chopped onion. Cook until soft under a lower heat than the above.|
|There is nothing to do with good luck food here. I just liked seeing all the chickens going crazy on the newly cleared ground.|
|Debbie and Lewis are on island, singin' for |