Today my friend Fransheska and I decided we wanted to cook a meal together. I have not really cooked in 5 years, not a real meal on the stove and chopping and mixing ingredients in a pan, kind of cooking.
So I decided that I had to make something with a lot of ingredients that took a long time to make not because I was confident we could do it, I was pretty sure we would fail, but just because I wanted to really cook something. I wanted to make Ropa Vieja (Cuban Meat Stew), a Cuban recipe of shredded beef with vegetable like olive, onions and peppers, with Arroz Blanco (White Rice).
I had never made it but knew it was difficult because it takes a long time and you have to stew the meat until it’s soft enough to shred, but I wanted a challenge.
So we set up the ingredients:
Started chopping the vegetables:
Seasoning the meat:
Heating olive oil:
Then we had to add the steak and start cooking it:
Remove the meat and start cooking onions and peppers:
Add sofrito and garlic:
Tomato and sazón
Shred meat with a fork:
Mix meat with sauce:
Make white rice
Be proud of your awesome team work:
(We didn’t make the dessert)
We had a great time during those two hours, talking about everything going on in our lives and catching up. It had been a long time since I got to spend time like that with a friend and laugh so much. I think we both needed this, some time not talking about our problems, just laughing and being the great duo we make and we had a great time.
Oh, before I forget, our Ropa Vieja was amazing! Next recipe, mofongo.