all spice, Beef, Cajun spice, Cinnamon, Cornflour, Cumin, Eggs, Green pepper, Lettuce, Minced beef, Olive Oil, Orange juice, Oregano, Passata, pineapple, Potato, Puff pastry, Red Onion, Stock, Sugar, Sweet Potato, Vinegar
Cuba is a country in the Caribbean consisting of numerous archipelagos, officially known as the Republic of Cuba. The largest city and capital is Havana. It is geographically considered part of North America, being only approximately 360 km (220miles) from Miami,Florida. The culture is part of Latin America. Cuba is the largest island and second most inhabited after Hispaniola. A very mixed country culturally and the customs, people and culture originate from varied roots, including aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney people.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, and a close relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
Before the colonisation of the Spanish in the late 15th century, Amerindian tribes inhabited Cuba. It stayed as a colony of Spain until 1898, when the Spanish Civil War broke out, which led to nominal independence in 1902. As a delicate state Cuba tried to strengthen its democratic system, but issues meant in 1952 the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, but this was only short lived, further unrest saw Fidel Castro coming to power. Since 1965, the country has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba. Although Cuba is ranked poorly in political and economic freedom, It is situated very high in human development by the United Nations, and performs well in health and education. It became the first country to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in 2015 . This was a milestone noted by the World Health Organization
“as one of the greatest public health achievements possible”.
The cuisine of Cuba is a combination of Native American food. African. Spanish and Caribbean cooking. There are recipes that embrace the techniques and flavours/spices with African and Spanish cooking and some Caribbean spice and flavour. This all results in a one off flavourful and interesting mixture of many cultural influences, with quite strong similarities with the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In the Havana region there is a small Chinese influence and during the colonial times Cuba was a main port for trade and there were many Spanish people that lived there and their and shared the culinary traditions. Cuba itself is an island, therefore seafood is something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine. Another factor to Cuban cuisine is the fact that Cuba is in a tropical climate. The tropical climate produces fruits and root vegetables that are used in Cuban dishes and meals.
Searching for something for today was difficult. I don’t know why, but it took me more time than normal. We only wanted something easy as we had had a big meal with our son last evening who was home form university.
Trawling the net I found beef pasties…Beef pies – pastelitos de carne
“Typical of Cuban food, these beef pastries combine savoury and sweet flavours with a glazed crust and a spicy filling. Pastelitos area popular street snack in Cuba, featuring buttery puff pastry filled with meat or fruit pulp”