A little bit of info on Cuban cuisine. Cuba was the first and last Spanish colony in the New World. There is a huge Spanish influence on the food. However, because of slavery there is also an African and Caribbean influence as all the islands and the area influenced each other.
The revolution led by Castro brought new influences because the USA cut off all trade with Cuba. Castro's alliance with Russia and other countries created some change. Wheat, pasta and yogurt became big in Cuba. Also, pizza rose to be quite popular.
There is not much American influence in Cuban cuisine. However, Cuban immigrants to Miami have seen their food influenced by American cuisine.
In Cuba, pork has always been king. There is not a lot of beef eaten there but chicken consumption has increased since the revolution. Beans and rice are also very popular foods.
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One more bit of information about Cuban food. They like "Spicy" food as does the whole Caribbean area. The yellow mustard provides the heat (although moderate) on the sandwich because they like to put it on heavy. In the bean dish the heat comes from the Jalapeno peppers. Remember that, whatever your heat desire, you can always adjust the spice to meet your needs. Enjoy trying these two dishes and "Happy Cooking."
I've added a photo of my assistant practicing pushing a cart. She is excited to go food shopping so we can test more recipes. Some days I have a hard time keeping up with her. I'm going to need to get in better shape, I guess.