More reminiscing about what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years here on the blog and another giveaway today.
It starts with a beautiful sofrito. The intricate dance between the warm olive oil giving life and flavor to the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. I could write poetry about the perfection that is a sofrito that signals the beginning of most Cuban meals.
Cuban food is, of course, my favorite, because…Cuban. (Duh.)
I imagine such is the case for everyone who has grown up with a certain kind of food. Cuban happens to be mine. And because Cuban food is very often on my mind, a few years ago I made a list of Cuban foods I would like to cook and photograph and share here on my blog.
This is my favorite, but that’s not important right now.
Here’s the beginning of that list.
- Maduros, because that’s what I would eat at every meal if I could.
- Pastelitos de guayaba. Because HELLO?!
- Pan Cubano because I could live on nothing but Cuban bread forever and ever. Amen.
- Carne con Papas which is my kids’ favorite.
- Frijoles Negros.
You get the idea. All my childhood (and adulthood) favorites.
But I’m an artist and I thought it might be fun to take this list of favorite foods and compile them into a decorative “subway art” type poster to hang in my kitchen. I had just painted my kitchen a Tiffany Box teal and added red and black accents. The poster was perfect!
Then, I thought, “I bet other Cubans would like this in their kitchens, too.” And it turns out they did! And they wanted it for their uncle’s Cuban restaurant in Texas (true story), and for their sister’s food truck in New Jersey (true story) and for Tia Cuca for her birthday (slight exaggeration). Or for Christmas. Christmas is coming, people!
So I opened an online shop, Marta Darby Designs and started selling my poster there.
And people started finding my shop and asking for other kinds of food. Honduran Food. Salvadorian Food. Costa Rican Food, Puerto Rican Food. Even Scottish Food. (<–Please do yourself a favor and check out the Scottish one. It’s become one of my favorites, but that’s not important right now.) So I’ve been busy trying to fulfill all these orders and sharing my love of all foods with the world. I’m adding a new one practically every week and having all the fun.
Inspired by all this wonderful food, today’s giveaway is for a Cuban Food Poster. Actually let’s make it 3. Three lucky MBFCF readers will each get a Cuban Food Poster – the winners can choose their preferred size and color.
Yes! This pleases me greatly.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of my Cuban Food Posters and please answer the following question:
- What’s your favorite Cuban food? (Or maybe the first food that comes to mind.)
I’ll choose a winner at the end of MBFCF BLOGIVERSARY MONTH on Friday, October 28th, 2016. You have until then to enter.
If you can’t wait for the 3 winners to be drawn next week and you want to go ahead and order your own Cuban Food Poster immediately, Please click over to Marta Darby Designs and order your own.
Thanks for celebrating with me and for entering. You are the best!