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Once a Hillbilly, Now a Jíbaro.

Updated on June 18, 2016
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

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Not to long ago I was considered a hillbilly. I lived near Lebanon, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. Fishing was one of my number 1 priorities along with some turkey, deer and rabbit hunting.

Oh man, there is nothing like some good catfish for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rabbit stew hits the spot on a chill day. A good deer roast with some taters, carrots and onions will just make a person feel that true experience of being a hillbilly.

Well, I still remember cooking up some of them there dishes and I'll share a couple of them with ya'all but first a lesson in cat-fishing hillbilly style:

Catfish and Eggs

This is one of my favorite hillbilly meals; all you need is one or two rather large catfish, a dozen or two eggs(brown ones are best), a block of butter, salt and pepper, hot-sauce, a bowl and a frying pan. You might want some plates and forks too.

  1. Clean the catfish and fillet them; while doing so get your frying pan hot and when the fish is almost clean put some butter in the pan.
  2. Fry the fish fillets to a golden brown and put on one of the plates.
  3. Scramble all the eggs and put them in the buttery frying pan. As the eggs are cooking, break up some pieces of one of the fillets and drop in the eggs.
  4. Serve up the scrambled eggs and a cat fish fillet and enjoy!

Rabbit Stew

You need 2 or 3 rabbits cleaned and cut the meat up into stew size pieces. You will also need a baggie of flour seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. With that you need 3 large potatoes, 5 carrots and one large onion; some butter too. You also need a very large saucepan and utensils.

  1. Put the pieces of rabbit in the baggie of flour and shake until all are coated with the flour. Put butter in the saucepan and then the pieces of rabbit. Brown them on all sides.
  2. While rabbit is browning, cut onions, carrots and taters into bite size pieces.
  3. When the rabbit is browned add the potatoes, carrots and onions and six cups of water.
  4. Stew for 2 hours or so and eat up.

And Now

For over one year, I have lived in Puerto Rico. Yep, a hillbilly in Puerto Rico!

Believe it or not, Puerto Rico has its own type of hillbilly. Down here they call 'em Jíbaros. The definition of a jíbaro is a mountain dwelling peasant.

Froggy is now an ex-hillbilly and is now a jíbaro.

I still have a lot to learn cause it ain't the same as the Ozarks. We didn't have coconuts, bananas and mangoes there.

I'm learning bout some good eatins here too. Check some of these out after you see the Memorial statue to the Jíbaros.

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Bacalaitos

I'm learning some; they like their fish here too.

Bacalao fish; you have some fillets and bread them with a seasoned flour mixture. You deep fat fry them and mmm,mmm good!

The stand down the road sells these things for a quarter a piece.

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Río Grande, Puerto Rico

A bilingual guide to Rio Grande Puerto Rico. Photographs, History, Maps and More.

 

Coconuts, Mangoes and Other Great Fruit

The water inside a coconut is delicious! Use the water to make rice and beans jíbaro style and wow, you have a great dish. One of these days I will be able to cut coconuts like the guy in the next video.

There are mangoes to pick, bananas to eat and papaya to make smoothies with. Yea, this hillbilly is gonna be right at home being a jíbaro.

Hey all you hillbillys, c'mon down and visit. I wrote a few books about life down here, so if you can read, buy one and see how a hillbilly can live in the Caribbean sun.There are links to them at the right.

I Love Puerto Rico and I Love Maria Ruiz O'Farrill, my Jíbaro Spouse!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck

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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks honey, no I wasn't hungry when writing it, but I was when I was done writing it. LOL

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ohhh my that hillbilly diet is not for me. I am happy you like our food and consider yourself one of us jibaros.

      Were you hungry when you wrote this hub?

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