Hispanicity week. Day one: Piña Colada & Peas’n Rice

First stop: Bahamas

Guanahani was the name the natives gave to the island that Christopher Columbus called San Salvador when he arrived at the Americas. Columbus reached the island on 12 October 1492, the first island he sighted and visited in the Americas. Guanahani is one of the islands of the Lucayan Archipelago in the Bahamas. (Source: Wikipedia)

I know Piña Colada was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but it is a Caribbean beverage and the first stop is pure Caribbean.  Peas’n Rice? Another great tropical dish that takes us to white sands beaches and coconut trees.

My intentions are obvious, aren’t they? During this week I’m planning on cooking one or two recipes each day to commemorate the discovery of America by our friend CC. Enjoy the trip!

 Piña Colada


 2 ½ oz. light rum
 3 oz. pineapple juice
 2 oz. coconut cream
 ¾ cup crushed ice


Put ingredients in a blender at medium high speed for 15 seconds. Serve in a Collins glass and garnish with fresh pineapple slices.

Peas’n Rice


1 cup pigeon peas (boil until tender if fresh. canned peas will work too)
100 g bacon chopped and fried
1 chopped onion, cook in the bacon fat
1 chopped bell pepper
1 tomato, skinned, seeded and chopped or 1 tbsp. tomato paste
½ tsp. salt
Black pepper
½ tsp. thyme
2 cups water
1 cup rice


Bring all the above ingredients, except rice, to a boil. Add rice and simmer cover until cooked (15 to 20 minutes).



9 thoughts on “Hispanicity week. Day one: Piña Colada & Peas’n Rice

  1. I don’t know what it is about pina coladas but I never drink one at home. Get me at least 1500 miles south, however, and they sure are tasty! Speaking of tasty, your recipe for peas ‘n rice sounds like a perfect side dish.

    1. Well, you should try it at home too. We don’t use to have cocktails at home, but yesterday was a blast. A revival of the summer…And the peas’n rice was good, even the kids liked it and they are kind of picky with food

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sports and for your comment. This was my first peas’n rice and I think it was really good (I’m sure it is even better in Bahamas…maybe one day).
      Have a nice day!

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