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Battle Field Food, Part 1 Cuba 1868-1898

Afro Cuban soldiers posing for a photo in 1898, click to enlarge photo
Ropa vieja (left on the plate) served with fried plantains, black beans, and saffron rice, this and other recipes below
Starting a new series today on battle field food. I first segment is on Cuba and dove tails with the day of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Peasants played an essential role in providing the revolutionary forces with food, intelligence, and recruits, for their struggles against some 200,000 Spanish occupying troops. The War for Independence lasted from 1868-1898. Rural peasants contributed rice, produce, livestock for meat, and dairy products to the rebel army. As a result Spanish officers targeted them and relocated them to Spanish military garrisons.  More tomorrow.

Ropa Vieja Recipe: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1696615

Vegan Ropa Vieja Recipe:
http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=27125

Cuba the Next Revolution a PBS Full Length Documentary: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/featured/black-in-latin-america-full-episode-cuba-the-next-revolution/219

Battle Field Food, Part 2 Cuba 1868-1898

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