So I managed to leave to house, YAY. It was to go to the grocery store for a few items, but that’s about it. Well, that’s not entirely true. I was craving comfort food, Dominican comfort food. I had been toying with the idea of making pernil for a while and this was the day. I got up early (the days of sleeping in on the weekends seem to be over) and prepared the pork, this was my first time making pork and it had a slab of skin and umm…it got too real, too this is an animal, but not too real that I wasn’t going to cover it in adobe, stuff it with garlic and pour a marinade all over it. Just a little shy of that real. I let it sit in the fridge for three hours and then slow cooked it in the oven all day.
The house smelled good, warm, like there was a family there, not just me. Then came the rice, white not brown and the Dominican red beans. I tried to be healthy with the plantains, but that didn’t go to well. Fried plantains are twice fried, fried once to soften the banana then removed and smashed and then fried again. I decided to boil it the first time and then fry it. I was so not on point with the eating, but this was my only mea of the day. But I boiled it too much and they fell apart when I smashed them, so I made magu, it’s like mashed potatoes, but with plantains. And if I was going to have magu I needed picked red onions, which are red onions pickled in lime juice and goes nicely with most meals, kind of like avocado, which I also had. And it was good, there is something going on that I can’t put my finger on it, but clearly from this meal, it something. I also had angel food cake; hey it could have been tres leche cake, easy. I think I did well on my portions all things considered.