A new generation of Puerto Rican chefs is pushing the boundaries of their home country.
They’re making a living from recipes that are a bit more adventurous than their counterparts in the United States.
But the new cuisine is not only a result of the island’s unique cuisine.
It’s also being developed by people who are desperate for a way to escape the pressures of life on the mainland.
With so many families on the island, many of them without landlines, and so few places to visit, the people of Puerto Rico are often forced to adapt to a limited repertoire of local foods.
For many, this is an issue.
“I like to cook, but sometimes I need to be in the kitchen, or I need something to eat.
It can be hard to make meals for people who can’t go to a grocery store, and you don’t have a lot of food stores,” says Maria, a 23-year-old waitress.
Maria and her husband, Jorge, are raising their two sons in Puerto Rico, but she’s struggling to make ends meet.
“I make around $10,000 a month, which is not enough for me to eat, but that’s because my parents are on disability.
They need a lot more money than that,” she says.
“We are not able to get the things we need.
Our income comes from rent.
They give us $100 a month to live in our home.
They are so poor, so I can’t afford that.”
While Maria is able to afford to eat a lot, the rest of the family lives on a shoestring.
Maria is a stay-at-home mom to three children, ages 7, 10 and 11.
Jorge has two children, aged 5 and 7.
Maria says they’ve struggled to support themselves during the island recession.
Jorge has struggled to survive in Puerto Rican restaurants “It’s hard to get a job, so it’s difficult to find work,” she explains.
“If you’re on disability, you can’t find work.
You can’t do anything.
We are always at home.”
Maria says she has to cook in order to feed her family.
“My husband, who works for a supermarket, doesn’t want to cook because he is afraid that he will lose his job,” she recalls.
“His children can’t eat, and he cannot afford to buy food for them.
He is not able afford to have a regular meal.”
Maria’s husband has also struggled to find a job.
“In the past, he was an electrician and he was getting paid by the hour, and we worked two jobs.
We got a disability card and we were able to live with my husband.
But now we have no job, and it’s just hard for us.
We cannot go to the supermarket, so we have to cook for ourselves.”
“When you have to work, you are always hungry.
It takes a lot out of you.
We have to pay the bills, and then we can eat and pay the rent,” Maria says.
Maria and Jorge’s son, 14-year old Jorge, says they are in desperate straits.
When he was a child, his father was a factory worker.
“[My mother] taught us to cook at home.
She would cook and then she would put the rice in the oven,” he explains.
In Puerto Rico the most common way of making rice is to boil the rice, which requires a lot in terms of equipment and time.
“When you cook it, you need a big pot to cook it in,” says Jorge.
“It takes five to seven hours to boil a pot.
The water needs to be boiled for three hours to make it go well.
We can only have rice that is three to five days old.
We need to buy more rice, but it costs a lot.”
Juan, who is also on disability and has not had any job for some time, also says that the constant hunger is difficult.
One of the main reasons that he cannot work is because of his disability.
The couple has had to make a hard choice between staying at home and working.
On the one hand, he says that if he had a job it would be easier for him to survive.
But on the other hand, working has also been a major struggle.
“Even when we have a job we don’t feel happy,” he says.
“We are working for free, and for the last year we have had no income.
The situation is really bad, and people are desperate to find jobs.
It’s been very hard for our family.”
The family has had their ups and downs, but now they are trying to find ways to survive, and not just survive.
“We live on the beach and on a pier in San Juan, but we can’t live like that.
I’m not a big swimmer.
I love the water, and