Our Daily Bread in Cuba

By Nike E.G.

The daily bread roll that Cubans can buy at a low subsidized price.

HAVANA TIMES — I’m a Cuban housewife and I’m sick and tired of buying bread rolls at my neighborhood bakery and the other one we’ve got in town, it’s an ordeal for me. I go in the morning and they don’t have bread. There’s no bread at noon and, at 3 in the afternoon, they tell me that they’ll have some at 5:30. Then they sell so little that, when I get there, all of it has been sold, making a mockery of my age.

I don’t know what else to give my children when they’re hungry, because there’s nothing other than our daily bread. Then there’s the quality of that bread. It’s been long since I last ate a bread roll made with love, and oil…but that’s another story.

The other thing I need to worry about as a mother and housewife is what to put on the bread. When I’ve got eggs and cooking oil, I make some mayonnaise. When I don’t have one ingredient, I honestly don’t know what to do. Cheese, my favorite, is out of the question: the cheapest kind, when available, costs 30 pesos the pound. This is why the cheapest and healthiest food, for me, is avocado.

I would like to share with you an avocado recipe, to see if, together, we can overcome the problems I’ve just told you about.

Avocado Recipe

1 avocado
1 large onion or 2 small onions
4 (or more) cloves of garlic. The more you add, the spicier it will be.
1 teaspoon of salt
Juice from 1 lemon

Slice the onion and garlic and put it in a blender with the lemon juice, the salt and avocado (in chunks). Blend.

Put in the fridge and, when you’ve got the bread, spread it. Let me know if you liked it soon.

11 thoughts on “Our Daily Bread in Cuba

  • May 31, 2019 at 11:11 am

    most people don’t have stoves to bake bread

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Soon yiou will be able to make your own bread Get ready!

  • March 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    If you’ll see my reply below it’s not that difficult – with the very
    important caveat that you’re not living solely within the CUP economy. In Havana and many other major centres flour, salt, sugar, yeast and butter are not that tricky to acquire.

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