Background: Explored and claimed by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Part of the greater island of Hispaniola, the western third was recognized by the Spanish as being French controlled in 1697 and became Haiti.
Area: Almost 50000 sq km; 132rd largest in the world
Slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic
Population: Over 10 million; 85th largest in the world
Capital: Santo Domingo
Suffrage Note: Married people can vote regardless of their age
International Disputes (I find the phrasing here interesting, so I kept it wholesale):
Haitian migrants cross the porous border into the Dominican Republic to find work; illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic cross the Mona Passage each year to Puerto Rico to find better workSource: CIA Factbook
Two Caribbean countries in a row! And let me assure you, it was easier to find recipes for the Dominican Republic than Dominica. Websites that have "Dominican" recipes? Yeah...that would be the Dominican Republic. Just in case you were wondering.
I gave Kevin a lot of choices for Dominican Republic, and he ended up choosing one that I would describe as Caribbean Shepherds Pie, or Pastelon De Papas. I was more than happy with this choice.
The first thing that Kevin noticed was the time estimate. Pretty sure that should be 1 hour of bake time, not one minute. Anyway! I started the potatoes before the meat, because I know that that can take a while. And yes, I actually peeled them ahead of time for once.
|Should have used a bigger bowl... I'm not so great at estimating volume.|
|And I even served it with a green salad!|
The biggest issue was that it was runny. The combination of the still a little runny meat plus the super-creamy mashed potatoes left things a bit mushy. I don't think this got in the way of the flavors, but just the overall eating experience. This could be easily fixed by using a little less milk and water.
Originally I had planned on making a plantain side with this dish as well, but with life being so up-in-the-air lately, it obviously didn't happen. Luckily we have some more visits to the Caribbean in the future that should give us some chances.
And no, I don't know how she got hers to be so pretty compared to mine.
Next time: East Timor