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Feb. 2, 2010 6:45 pm 
Updated: Feb. 8, 2010 5:02 pm
Well, tonight I partied on the coast of Cuba! At least, that's how that dinner made me feel. All the recipes I found on AR: Cuban Water Bread< Sea Bass Cuban Style< Cuban Beans & Rice< and last, but never least Cuban Banana Casserole<
 I had to make two and a half substitutions in this whole meal. First, there was not one store in this town that sold any type of bass, nevermind the sea bass, so I switched it up for rockfish. Second, I could swear that I have like three jars of red pepper flakes, but couldn't find one of them! And I know I just bought a new one!! The husband even looked for me, to no avail! So I used just a pinch of cayenne in the sea bass recipe. The half sub is simply using a shallot instead of an onion in the fish recipe, as well...shallots, onions, all in the same ballpark!
 Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. It is definately different than what I had in mind, I'm like the American that has no concept and thought all the cuisines there tasted a lot alike and I apologize for my ignorance on that part and I am glad that I am learning that it is most definately not all the same.
 From what I read online, a typical meal would consist of rice and beans (cooked either separately or together), a main course, and a salad. Usually all dishes are brought to the table at once. Western Cuba uses more eggs in their cuisine than Eastern Cuba. Fish dishes are quite common on the coast. Cuba has a well-developed lobster industry but lobster is seldom used. Crab is common in the cuisine on the coast.
 A paladere is a unique type of Cuban restaurant~it's an independent eating establishment that a Cuban family runs out of their home. Talk about a way to taste authentic!! Paladere's are more common in the bigger towns such as Havana. As a rule, Cuban food is light on vegetables and fruits, but nice produce can be obtained at markets, which are common in most towns.
 Sad as it is, I totally have to take it back about Poland being my favorite cuisine, because it's the second now...this dinner was so incredibly tasty...even the dang bread! When I read the sea bass recipe, I thought holy cow! That was a lot of pickle-y type stuff and I wondered if I would like it. I would have never thought to cook green olives with capers in tomatoes...whodathunkit??? But the tastes all came together nicely and it was like a salsa on top of the fish, unlike any salsa I've ever tasty! The beans & rice were delicious and I usually just pick at that type of stuff, I'm not overly in love with beans and rice together, but,and I guess it's called a sofrito or something...made all the difference in the world. I usually shy away of making dishes that call for tomato paste because it reminds me of a really thick ketchup (((SHUDDER))), so I just don't make them, but I bought a can and here I am tonight...liking one dish that has it in it! We have baby-step progress! Now, the bread...I know I screwed something up because that stuff never really did rise the right way! And I didn't use near as much flour as it called for in the recipe...I don't know why...but I think I only used 5 or so cups instead of the 8 the recipe says...but, no matter! I baked it anyway and basted it with water like it said and just had a flat loaf of the best tasting bread! That stuff tastes great and I am totally going to make this bread on a regular basis from now on! Then we come down to the bananas...again, not one of my favorite things, I do eat them, not out of any great love of them, but rather, because of the potassium in them and potassium is good for leg cramps. I like the flavor, not much for the texture. I did, however, enjoy this dessert very much! I think I would have liked it better over a scoop of French vanilla or, for that matter, pumpkin ice cream! The butter and brown sugar make a caramel sauce that coats the bananas, the pecans and the raisins and it's delicious! I think it would be awesome next time with dried cherries instead of the raisins!
 Again, I would like to thank each and everyone of the 47 people who voted this week for next week's blog! My husband picked Morocco and I picked Portugal and with a total, butt-whipping majority, Morocco won 32-15! So, same place, next week....peace and make a Cuban dish this week!!
Cuban Beans & Rice
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Sea Bass Cuban Style
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Cuban Banana Casserole
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Cuban Water Bread
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Cuban Dinner..Cuban Beans & Rice, Sea Bass Cuban Style, Cuban Water Bread
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My husband's sunrise picture this morning...beautiful!
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Kitty hunting birds out back, I was watching him while my bread was rising today!
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Sundown, you better take care......
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Feb. 2, 2010 7:14 pm
The whole meal sounds fantastic! I think I am going to try the bread and the banana casserole myself once I have a real working oven. Thanks for letting us eat and travel vicariously through your adventures in cooking. P.S. I am sorry Portugal didn't win, but since Moroccans do make some great food, it won't seem like a second choice to me. I can't wait to see what you make.
Feb. 2, 2010 7:20 pm
Such a LUCKY husband to have you as his wife !
Feb. 2, 2010 7:24 pm
It all looks great Laurrie.. you are one great cook! I just saved the cuban bread recipe. I think I'll cut it in 1/2 the first time to see how it goes. I like to use my bread machine on the dough setting so 1/2 would be perfect. Keep up the great work!
Feb. 2, 2010 7:27 pm
looks great
Feb. 2, 2010 7:40 pm
Yummy! I agree with you- I bet those bananas would be awesome on some ice cream. Great blog, thanks!
Feb. 2, 2010 8:05 pm
Looks like you had a very tasty supper! Don't even try to compare your meals on a scale of "I like this better than that"! You will find along your journey that you start liking things you never imagined you'd ever eat! And isn't it nice that we live in an age when we can sample world cuisine without having to travel there? Oh! don't get me wrong, the traveling would just be the icing on the cake! I love the research you're putting into your adventure!
Feb. 2, 2010 9:25 pm
As always, this looks great! I love reading about your travel with food adventures! Your pictures are yummy too and it goes without saying the scenery pictures you take are beautiful! Loving your blog.
Feb. 3, 2010 3:29 am
The banana dish sounds great. I may try that one. What you are doing sounds like so much fun! I'm thinking of copying off you and doing the same thing. :-)
Feb. 3, 2010 6:04 am
Another wonderful post from you! Thanks for sharing - I also have had that Cuban Sea Bass receipe saved for far too long! Gonna have to make a point of trying it! Thanks!
Feb. 3, 2010 6:05 am
Grrrr! I would have voted for Portugal, too!!! Must have missed that one! ;)
Feb. 3, 2010 6:08 am
This all looks great! Thanks for sharing WW.
Feb. 3, 2010 6:43 am
Yum- once again, a beautiful meal! Can't wait to try that bread recipe! Did you end up using the potato water?
Feb. 3, 2010 6:45 am
This sounds delicious! I love sea bass but it's so expensive that I'm scared to try it in a recipe that I won't like. I'm not familiar with rockfish- does it taste like seabass?
Feb. 3, 2010 6:48 am
Kathleen~no, I just used regular water! CaribeCocina~Thanks, I didn't know that was plural...I don't what else you said, though! and Citrus~I've never had sea bass, so I'm not sure...rockfish was a good price and it was a white fish and I went with that versus tilapia that a lot of people used in the reviews because I think tilapia is gross, just my opinion, and halibut was like $13 per pound!
Feb. 3, 2010 6:51 am
Wow, great blog WW! I am def wanting to make some Cuban cuisine now.
Feb. 3, 2010 7:40 am
Nice job, WW. It looks great.
Feb. 3, 2010 7:43 am
Great Blog! I'm having so much fun reading about your experiences!! Can't wait for next week.
Feb. 3, 2010 8:34 am
Banana casserole looks scrumptious WW! You're a better woman than I, taking all that country cuisine on.
Feb. 3, 2010 8:56 am
Funny Story : I was watching this show on the computer from National Geographic called Worlds Apart. Where families living somewhere cozy in the USA go visit a family in another county for 10 days. The show is about how we Americans adapt in these extremely different environments. One of the episodes a family from St Louis spends 10 days with a semi-nomadic family in MONGOLIA! And guess what. They killed the sheep, and cooked it in a pot to make a stew and all I could think if was YOUR blog and your Mongolia night !! TOO Funny ( although not for the poor sheep ) and one night they snacked on sheep head. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy it. They even have an episode in PERU. I know that’s on your list. You can watch these right on your computer if you go to National Geographic . com and search full episodes. The show is called WORLDS APART. If you watch it you have to let me know what you think !!! PS- in PERU they ate guinea pig… wonder what your dear hubby would think of that !!!! &#10;&#10; This link will get you to the website where the shows are listed. You should see Worlds Apart listed under Full Episodes-
Feb. 3, 2010 10:46 am
OMG, does that look kids wouldn't like it, but I'd go nuts....lucky you....send the recipes to me!
Feb. 3, 2010 11:35 am
Bonnie...I watched the Mongolia episode and that is a great show, I'm going to watch the rest, as well...thanks for bringing that to my attention!
Feb. 3, 2010 12:40 pm
Hi WW, loved your blog as usual, I am gonna try the banana dessert as well as the bread. I am not a huge fan of fish...but my son said it looked yummy. Anyway, I wanted to translate what CaribeCocina said, which is "That she applauds your efforts in trying Cuban/Latin cuisine, the recipes that you used are very close to authentic." I really look forward to your next adventure!! Keep rockin that kitchen!!!
Feb. 3, 2010 4:51 pm
Hi WW, I love your blog and I need to get caught up. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!
Feb. 3, 2010 5:02 pm
WW it all looks so good!!! Thank you for sharing it with us. Jill
Feb. 4, 2010 8:59 am
Just caught up to your newest installment :) Wow - nice pics! - your lighting looks different in these ones - what have you done??
Feb. 4, 2010 10:02 am
bought a new camera!
Feb. 4, 2010 1:59 pm
Looks delicious as always!
Feb. 4, 2010 2:13 pm
Great blog. Food looks good. Glad it was a good Cuban adventure.
Feb. 4, 2010 2:20 pm
Amazing, as always. I admire your spirit WW! You are fearless. Great, great blog!
Feb. 4, 2010 2:56 pm
Fun to read! Made me wish I was there. I'm craving those flavors! So amazing you can do all of that in an RV kitchen!
Feb. 4, 2010 7:27 pm
Your a tuff cook! And a great blogger, I am thinking to try to get some of my recipes in order but have a hard time doing so. But in any case I am a happy cooker!
Feb. 4, 2010 7:28 pm
Love your photos!
Feb. 4, 2010 9:29 pm
Great, as usual, WW! I lived on Grand Cayman, very close to Cuba for 20+ years. I used to regularly make Cuban Pork Roast, especially for entertaining. ALWYS served with rice and beans. It's 'submitted'.
Feb. 5, 2010 5:03 am
Looks great! I love Cuban food. I`ve made this Cuban water bread and now it is the only one recipe I use for plain bread.
Feb. 5, 2010 6:33 am
I love your blogs! Had to say that first! I was married to a Cuban man for 14 years so I learned a bit about their cuisine and cooking styles. Even now, 8+ years post-divorce I enjoy making a cuban dish once in a while. I can make a mean pot of black beans too! There are so many good dishes that I'd bet you'd love to try - and probably will! is THE BEST but I must say in addition to that, there is a pretty awesome cookbook that you might like. It's called "Memories of a Cuban Kitchen" by Mary Urrutia Randelman, you can get it on Amazon. It has pictures and little stories and authentic recipes! Great book. Anyway, good luck on your adventures and keep writing - I love it!
Feb. 5, 2010 9:41 am
He did...he loved it!
Feb. 5, 2010 10:01 am
Great Job as always WW
Feb. 5, 2010 4:37 pm
I am going to serve this entire menu next week. Thanks for the inspiration! Your blog is fantastic...keep it up.
Feb. 6, 2010 1:42 pm
Great blog! Just as an FYI, CaribeCocina said that she appreciates your effort to make Cuban and Latin American dishes and that the recipes were pretty close to authentic.
Feb. 7, 2010 5:27 am
Wow, I want to try all of those recipes! I could call it "Cuba from China" since that's where I live! :)
Feb. 8, 2010 3:21 am
Super blog (as usual). I'm looking forward to following your "travels" to Morocco.
Feb. 8, 2010 4:05 am
Another great blog! I love that you try foods even though you think you don't like them! Looking forward to Morocco!
Feb. 8, 2010 5:02 pm
haha I just wanted to say hello! I am from PA(Port Angeles) it's always nice to see someone from the Olympic Peninsula! It's funny, before Twilight every one would say "Now where exactally is Port Angeles??" Now it's "Oh my gosh! You are from port angeles!!!
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
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I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
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My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
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I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
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