A perfect protein made by the combination of the rice and beans, plus fresh onion, sweet bell peppers.......add to that the flavor from plump capers and turmeric and it creates an extraordinary dish. Family lore has it that my mother learned this recipe when my father was stationed in Puerto Rico with the Army in the 50's, but it's true country-of-origin is a mystery. What I know for certain is that it is an all time family favorite - and the kind of dish I still love. Simple ingredients combined to create an amazing meal, and when it is as economical and healthy as this one, well - so much the better. We always add a little lean pork, which is great, but without it, it is a tasty vegetarian main course.
Because this has been such an important recipe in my family for so very long, I've made many efforts over the past decades to find a reference to it in countless cookbooks, and then on the Internet. I have yet to find it, even in a different variation, and that makes me all the more eager to share it (because it is delicious), as well as take the opportunity as a food blogger to reach out and ask...."Do you know this dish? Are you familiar with this particular combination of ingredients? Please let me know !