When I came to Honduras for the first time in 1996 I was not prepared for the foods that I encountered. I had learned Honduran cuisine lite with my husband, but not much was available in the states as to what exactly it entailed. I mostly cooked Tex Mex for the first two years of our marriage which is the cuisine I grew up with. I desperately wanted to learn his ethnic foods though in order to give him that since I love to cook and learn new things.
I am a curious sort by nature and not afraid to ask many questions. So over the years I have mastered Honduran foods and while some took awhile to get used to; I overall love the food here and it is really quite simple.
Tonight I am making something that I learned from a friend. Rice and Beans...yes they call it that...not the Spanish words but the English ones...why? I don´t have a clue...but it is a Garifuna recipe...and very simple and delicious.
To make Rice and Beans Honduran style.
1 pound of small Central American red beans
1 can of coconut milk
2 cups rice
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
1/2 bell pepper
1 seasoning package for red beans
Cook beans first until done preferablly in barro dump in seasoning and salt and pepper. Take the rice, wash it in a rice colinder. Chop onion fine, chop garlic and chop bell pepper. Cook this in oil in the pan you use for rice. Pour in rice, stir for a minute or two and pour in coconut milk, beans, use the bean water for better flavor till twice the height of rice add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low until dry. Serve alone or as a side dish. Delicious!