Bisabuela's Rice and Peas

My great-grandmother started getting sick due to natural causes. I would say it was 2005 when she was finally laid to rest. When my grandmother went to clean up my great-grandmother’s house, she found a book with recipes.  And, for some reason, my grandmother’s real interest was only in the recipe for rice & peas.  One day, when I was about five years old, my grandmother prepared my great-grandmother’s rice & peas. My Spanish side of our family and I didn’t think the rice & peas would taste the same as my great grandmother’s.  But, it turned out to be the same taste and smell we remembered!  Then, in 2014, when my grandmother passed away, we had a family get together and I was surprised to see rice & peas brought to the table. We were curious about who could have prepared it because we didn’t think anybody could possibly make it like my grandmother did.  When we found out it was made by cousin, we realized that the recipe had been passed down once again. To this day, it’s a recipe that is still being used in our family.  I’m so happy it passed from my great-grandmother to my grandmother and now to my cousin.  I’ve never tasted anything else quite like it. 

Place(s): New York/Puerto Rico

– Christine Cardona

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more