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Here is some trivia for you. Did you know that in Costa Rica Gallo Pinto or Bean and Rice is served for breakfast? I didn’t! I guess you can learn something new everyday. Beans and Rice recipes are usually considered main course dishes in most parts of the world. Go ahead, try your hand at this classic recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain parboiled rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • Tamarind Sauce
  • Bottled Pickapeppa sauce

Method:

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Discard the bay leaves. Set rice aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (onion through garlic); saute 5 minutes or until tender. Add rice, cilantro, and beans, and cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Serve with Tangy Tamarind Sauce or Pickapeppa sauce.

Recipe by:Greg Patent , Cooking Light, APRIL 1995
Photo By:Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr via myrecipes.com

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Cornmeal balls Ingredients:

  • 4 okras (spinach leaves, chopped, or prickly pear, peeled and chopped, may be used instead)
  • 250 ml (1/2 pt) water
  • 5 ml spoon (1 teasp.) salt
  • 100 g (4 oz) cornmeal
  • 15 g (1/2 oz) margarine
Cornmeal Balls Instructions:

Wash the okras, cut off stems and slice into rings, about 6 mm (1/4 in) thick.

Put water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add okras. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

Mix cornmeal with a little cold water. Add to saucepan and stir constantly, over a low heat, until mixture becomes thick and smooth, about 5 minutes. If mixture is too stiff, add a little boiling water.

Grease a small bowl or cup with the margarine. Drop a spoonful of the cornmeal mixture into the cup. Roll it round cup to form a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.

Serve hot with fresh or salted fish, or liver.

NB In Anguilla, pigeon peas are used instead of okras.Serves 4-6.

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