We are having an unusual heat wave in Seattle rather resembling the Caribbean than the Pacific Northwest. While riding my bike (just 10 miles today) I thought about tropical recipes, did a mini-inventory of my kitchen and settled on a bag of limes. Fresh lime and orange juice, cumin, garlic and onions became a marinade for Chicken Mojito. Rice, spiced black beans, fried ripe bananas, (plantains are hard to come by up here), a crisp white wine and Cuban music will make up tonight’s summer meal. Click here for the basic recipe I use from epicurious.com Chicken Mojito
My favorite Cuban song is “Habana del Este” sung by the Afro-Cuban All Stars. The slow, soulful song begins with a long instrumental section featuring a trumpet and then breaks into its only lyrics:
“Allá en la Habana del Este, gozando el puro y amor, tengo una casita linda, y allá está mi corazón.”
Here is my translation, although the lyrics sound are much more poetic in Spanish:
“In East Havana, enjoying a cigar and love, I have a pretty little house, and my heart is there.”
These lyrics beckon the joys of a summer evening and a simple life. Do you agree?
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