Years ago, the church I was attending, participated in an organized system of helping El Salvadoran refugees get to Canada to escape a brutal civil war occurring in their country. Our government’s position was if they were caught in the U.S. they would be deported. So some churches created and cooperated to form the “Overground Railroad”.
As a member of the hospitality committee, I was asked to feed visiting guests from time to time. When the church decided to participate in the “Overground Railroad”, the decision was made to send them to Denise’s house for her Rice and Beans.
I never had such a fulfilling experience of hosting guests as I did feeding those men coming through our country in secret to get to Canada. When they came to my house and smelled familiar aromas of food cooked with sofrito*, big pots of rice and beans with fried plantain and white fish in sofrito and tomato sauce, some of them got teary-eyed.
I recently cooked rice and beans with white fish in a sofrito* and tomato sauce and it brought back the memory of feeding those brothers from El Salvador. Following are the recipes.