Right next to my name in the year books…should have said “plays with her food”… 😂😂😂 okay okay so yes, I play with food and I love it okay!!
This is Ropa Vieja and it’s one of my favorite dishes. It’s of Latin descent specifically Cuba, Canary Islands, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico and legend has it that it was created by a poor man who in efforts to feed his family when they had very little shredded up his old clothes and simmered them into a stew and the village people magically appeared with bits of meat, vegetables and herbs to help season the aromatic stew…. kinda reminds me of the old Nail Soup story from when I was a kid.
The words Ropa Vieja mean Old Cloths in spanish and perhaps the name and the dish are derived from more the way the dish looks than a fairy tale but you know me, always down for a little enchantment 😉
The main tip for me or the key to this dish is [Shredding The Beef] by hand in the smallest of strands until you have a mountain of fine shreds that can individually soak up all of the bright and tangy tomato sauce and the perfectly au dente peppers and onions. I add a splash of white wine, tomato sauce, a squeeze of lime, plenty of garlic and cumin and a bit of cilantro and then finish with salt and pepper to taste.
I love to cook for my family and friends and can’t wait until the day I can cook for all of you! 🍃
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