I spent last week at a family gathering, sharing both a kitchen and the responsibility for cooking with some awesome relatives. The menus were incredibly varied and the food was great, and since no one had to cook more than once, everyone got to roll out their favorite meals. It was the cuisine version of the family’s greatest hits.
My niece made a dish I’d never tried before. It was healthy, delicious and brilliant in its simplicity. She explained to us that it was a traditional Costa Rican breakfast and that the woman who taught her to make it told her that custom asserts that once you’ve mastered this breakfast preparation, you’re ready to be a bride. My niece’s version consisted of a mixture of seasoned beans and rice with eggs and a side of bread.