About cooking…

Ally, one of my "apprentices"

…I was fortunate enough to not only get some “recetas” (recipes) from “Mamá” (my grandma) but also to be raised by her and close enough to understand her style and love for food and cooking…

 …Being her only male grandchild, she also spoiled me enough to share some of her ‘secret’ recipes, like “pernil asado” (roast pork leg)…a recipe she didn’t even share with her only daughter and life mate, my mom…(“mama” was a very strong character)

She tasted a lot of my recipes (I started cooking at 11) and encouraged me to cook…I could almost feel her pride…I remember the day  I made pasta out of my own dough and how she looked at me, shinny eyes, and said, “Mama” used to do that too and told me how “Mama Anadina” (Ana Digna, my great grandmother, who I also met and remember from childhood) prepared the pasta and hanged it to dry in the clothes lines…(he he he…)

Mamá and I had a very special relationship through food…I used to sneak treats to her and she would try my inventions and give me her opinion…

I remember the day she shared the recipe for “pernil asado” (pork leg) and how she showed me the measures per pound…incredibly the measures were in “handfuls” and more incredibly my hand was (still is) the exact same size of hers…

I’m fortunate to still have mom, a tremendous cook…her style is so different from “Mamá’s” and at the same time so similar in the love it has within it…her influence is also important in my cooking…

And then I married to “cooking royalty” as my mother in law is one of those legendary cooks from the north coast…she always carries a “coco seco” (dry coconut) in her purse…he he he…her beans, and sancochos, and pigeon peas with coconut and fish dishes with coconut are not to be described but tasted…I’m always picking her brains for techniques and recipes…and she loves me for it!…

I keep taking pictures and logging recipes…which is why I have started to ponder the idea of writing a book…it all sort of naturally leads towards that…Another way of sharing I guess…of keeping Mamá alive, of honoring her and also another way of leaving that heritage to my children…

They’re still very young…but very excited about cooking and food!

Can I ask for more from life?

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About Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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One Response to About cooking…

  1. Jose A says:

    Os invito a ver el nuevo portal para compartir recetas de cocina http://www.cociname.com y que compartais vuestras mejores recetas para que las puedan votar todos los usuarios

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