I know I’ll never be a food photographer and that’s okay. I never wanted this to turn into a photography blog, at least not completely. For me, a lot of photography blogs are boring, although there are exceptions such as Don’s blog and Esther’s blog. For me personally, I liked my earlier posts when I was posting things like going to Nutella Bar or reviewing a David Sedaris book. Which reminds me, I have to review Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.
I love reading lifestyle type blogs. One of my favorite blogs is by a woman who has a makeup and beauty blog and also a blog about her life with her husband and kids. I don’t even have kids, but it’s interesting to read about other people’s lives. Being an introvert, I’m interested in other people but just don’t like forced interactions. I also like watching a lot of those travel and/or daily vloggers on YouTube. I admire them because I could never walk down the street talking to a camera. I feel like enough of a dick when I take pictures of my food in restaurants. 😆 Speaking of food, I figured what better way to get this blog back to where I wanted it to be (mostly random life stuff with occasional photography posts) than with a simple dinner idea. The rice and beans does take about an hour, but the imitation crabmeat salad takes only a few minutes to prepare.
Let me just say that my mother’s rice and beans are epic. I’ve included a handy dandy PDF that you can print out if you so desire. I also included another PDF for her sofrito. As my brother Vin once said, “Mom’s rice and beans should be marketed and mass produced.”
My mom added tocino (which is pork fat that is fried until it’s crunchy) to the rice. She always saves me a few pieces to eat until dinner is ready. Maybe it isn’t the healthiest thing, but it’s so good and it’s not like we eat like that all the time.
I like to add a bit of salad dressing (Italian style) to my rice after I serve myself. I got that from my brother Vin. It adds a nice tangy taste to the rice. People are initially kind of weirded out by it, but when they taste a spoonful of it they usually wind up liking how it tastes.
This is probably the quickest dish we’ve ever prepared. The imitation crabmeat comes in a package. Just break apart the crabmeat, rinse it, add some extra virgin olive oil and a bit of vinegar, a few shakes of Italian dressing (optional), sweet red onions, and you’re good to go. Just give it a stir and serve.
Apologies for the slightly out of focus picture. I was way too hungry to get a proper shot. As you can tell from my Instagram, I love my food. 🙂