I often feel that is what is missing in our community today. Families and neighbors helping each other and forming a bond to help improve the lives of their loved ones. My mami is an incredible woman that loves her family so much. She left her full time position and went part time in order to help my sister and I with our kids 2 days a week. She doesn’t just see the boys 2 days a week, she literally stops by almost every day and at any time that I “need” a sitter for a couple hours or so, she is there. If she isn’t available, my sisters are. As you can see I have a network of support around me all the time. On the days that I work or on weekends, we usually visit “mami’s restaurant” as my father calls it, lol! However, on the days that my mami works I invite my folks to my home. Did I mention that we also dine at my older sisters house? Yeah… there is ALWAYS a home cooked meal somewhere. This makes life so much easier and so much more fruitful. My kids think it’s absolutely normal to be constantly surrounded by family. This is how I was raised as well, always surrounded by cousins and family in California. (Love you familia Caraza!!)
This past weekend we had dinner at mami’s restaurant. I adore eating at my mami’s. Like usual she SHINES in the kitchen and always has a beauiful array of Spanish foods waiting for us!
The papas en veranillo is such a delightful dish infused with the flavors of tomatoes, peppers and onions. It can work beautifully as a soup or a side dish.
Papas En Veranillo
- 3lbs of potatoes, chopped
- 3 whole tomatoes, skinned and diced
- 3 green peppers, sliced
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a dutch oven, heat 3 tbls evoo.
- Add the onion, peppers and garlic. Saute until the onions are transparent and not browned.
- Add the tomatoes and bay leaves bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes.
- Bring to a boil then simmer until the potatoes are tender.
- Season to taste.