Moderator Spanish Forum
- Dec 26, 2003
I'd never heard of it despite being familiar with Spain. I came across it by chance last week in a discussion about traditional foods that were suitable for vegetarians and vegans.I have never heard of it but I am not surprised since I am not too familiar with all things Spain (except the language of course). The most curious aspect to me was the name of the dish. I thought why garbanzos viudos and not just garbanzos o potaje de garbanzos. I found a recipe that briefly explains why the dish is given that name. I don’t like chickpeas. Therefore, there is a very high probability that I would be eating something else if given the choice.
I'd never heard of it despite being familiar with Spain. I came across it by chance last week in a discussion about traditional foods that were suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
In both cases, the implication is that a meat-free dish is considered deficient. Dominicans call their vegetable soup foolish (sopa boba) and the Spaniards compare these chickpea or lentil soups to being widowed. It also reminds me of patatas a lo pobre, a famous Andalusian dish made potatoes with onions, garlic and green peppers, and lots of olive oil. If you added chorizo it would probably no longer be considered a poor person's dish.
I'm vegetarian and don't find it annoying, it's just a reflection of culture and tradition. As in not having meat = poverty. Just like being fat and pale used to be considered desirable because it meant you were prosperous and didn't have to expose your skin to sunlight.Yes, I understood that to be the meaning behind the description garbanzos viudos after reading it. Since I’m neither vegetarian nor vegan it does not bother me but some may find the name annoying because of what it implies.
I always thought the word for head in Dominican Spanish is casco in reference to a helmet, pronounced caco. I tend to use cabeza.