Snow cones are a variation of shaved ice or ground-up ice desserts commonly served throughout North America in paper cones or foam cups.
The dessert consists of ice shavings that are topped with flavored sugar syrup.
Depending on the region of North America, the terms “snowball” and “snow cone” may refer to different things. Where the distinction is made, the former refers to a dessert made of finely shaved ice (“like soft fresh snow”), while the latter contains ground-up ice that is coarser and more granular (“crunchy”).
These snow cones have the El Morro Fort as a background.
This is Old San Juan.
In Puerto Rico, our snow cones are crunch, refreshing and simply delicious.
Mofongo is an Afro-Puerto Rican dish with fried plantains as its main ingredient. Plantains are picked green and mashed with salt and water in a wooden pilón, a kitchen device also known as mortar and pestle.
The object is to produce a tight ball of mashed plantains that would absorb the attending condiments and have either pork cracklings (chicharrón) or bits of bacon inside. Most dressings and mixtures include broth, garlic, and olive oil.
It is traditionally served with fried meat and chicken broth soup.
Particular flavors result from variations that include vegetables, chicken, shrimp, beef, or octopus packed inside or around the plantain orb. And then, there is the “mofongo relleno” (stuffed mofongo). Seafood, abundant in the region, found its way inside the plantain ball too, but with braised meat or more seafood poured over it.
Nowadays, seafood lovers get the relleno stuffed also “with meat, or poultry.”
Our very dear friend Melanie graciously offered her beautiful home in “BFE” to celebrate some of those ladies who have a birthday in July.
~~In her own words~~
“Our party has arrived, Cancer gals, yank up your pantaloons, bring your best red, white and do they do blue wine? It’s time to celebrate being in this amazing country with us amazing girls. Bring ya bathing suits who knows where we end up! Happy birthday to us Cancers ….. See you here soon. Gonna be fun. 2pm to what time is it in Margaritaville? Bring a dish to eat and BYOB of choice.”
~LA CASA DE LOS MONKEYS~
~~AND FUN IT WAS~~
This greeted us upon arrival. This was the surprise that Ms. Mel had arranged for us middle aged ladies with the heart of kids.
She has it all set up, decorations, food, drink, music, entertainment and great company. Mel, you outdid yourself. The “ball” went way over the fence.
Home run for sure, way out of the park.
Yummy, yummy, yummy ….
The gang started arriving. We were all so finely surprised by all the details. Everywhere you looked there was something else.
It was a celebration to remember.
Oops!! The landing can be a bit rough!!
In spite of the celebration of “years”, those didn’t count. The child at heart definitely made many appearances.
Hoops for everyone!
Gathering inside, waiting on a storm, didn’t dampen the spirit. It all went on.
Snow cones, anyone?
Did I say there was cake?
Good looking ladies indeed!!
Volleyball game and brake time.
Fun, fun, fun ….
Evelyn, Horty, Sue, Melanie, Marta, Alma
Thank you, Melanie.
You did beyond good. Awesome hostess!
~~Cyndi Lauper – Just want to have fun – Instrumental~~