The Famous”Three Musketeers” Dish Returns to Cuban Hospitals / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

This note has nothing to do with the famous adventure of “The Three Musketeers.” Nor with any of its characters.

For those of us who have opted at some moment in our lives for institutional learning. The mere fact of mentioning this phrase might bring back memories and spark all those stories, that we’ve told on more than one occasion.

“The Three Musketeers” is an infamous dish made famous in Cuba in the decade known as “the Special Period” if we can talk that way about one of the most difficult periods Cubans have ever lived through. The dish was made up of cooked white rice, porridge of peas, and a boiled egg.

In actuality this well-known dish has been forgotten by many Cubans, unless they’ve had medical reasons to pass through the maternal hospital in the city of Santa Clara during the last week.

The adventure is repeating itself and now this Villa Clara hospital is the chosen site for the staging of the scene. The sad case is that for many this dish, on this occasion, is enjoyed by women who are pregnant, nursing mothers and mothers who recently underwent caesarians.

Now a new product has been added to the plate, and that’s boiled green banana.

October 22 2012