Food Around The World: My Favourite Childhood Meals: Puerto Rican Chicken, Red Kidney Beans and Plantains

Multimedia Journalism CW1 Part 2- Podcasting

Podcast Name

A Food Trip Around the World- My Favourite Childhood Meals

Podcast Description

Journalist Tom Hunt is joined by a guest from around the world each week to share their memories of their favourite homeland dishes. From Puerto Rico to Pakistan, interesting anecdotes and surprising revelations bring alive their unique experiences of dining in the earlier years of their lives.

Episode Name

Puerto Rican Chicken, Red Beans and Plantains, anyone?

Episode Description

In this episode, Puerto Rican-raised Michael Varela cooks up and shares his earliest memories of his favourite dish from the country’s exciting array of cuisines and speaks in depth about his engrained Caribbean roots. Expect laughs, nostalgia and valuable knowledge-gaining.

Target audience

This podcast’s target audience is aimed primarily at 21 to 35-year-olds. Its informal yet revealing nature means the podcast takes on a relaxed feel which I think allows listeners to enjoy it whilst also taking information in. I decided to focus my podcast on this age group because I think most people in this bracket are old and mature enough to want to listen to an extended one-on-one interview on a particular subject. I thought those younger than this, however, may not be inclined to or have the concentration to listen to such an in-depth piece of audio.

Running order

 Opening music jingle (Badass/Ben Sound)

 Tom (1 min 07): Food is a big part of our lives. Countries around the world have put food at the heart of their culture for thousands of years to create dishes which define their identity. From the flavoursome tagines and stews of the Middle East to the tasty, aromatic curries of South Asia, every country can boast dishes which create little parties in the mouth, except maybe British food.

I’m Tom Hunt and in this first episode of my podcast, I’ll be speaking to Michael Varela, my housemate with Puerto Rican heritage, and hearing from him about his earliest memories of his favourite homeland dish he ate growing up.


Tom: Homemade cooking is one of the treats of being a child. You come home from school, slouch onto your big, comfy sofa and glumly watch TV while one of your parents toils away in the kitchen making a delicious meal just for you. Then they shout ‘ready’ and you quickly go to wolf it down.

So a question to the listeners- what stands out as being your favourite childhood meal?

 Introduction to Mike

 Tom (25 mins 05):

  • So listeners might figure out you’re not from the UK. Where are you from?
  • And you have mixed heritage, don’t you? Could you explain what influence growing up in a Puerto Rican/Italian household has had on your life?
  • And what are you cooking up for us tonight?
  • Which ingredients are you using to prepare it?
  • So Sazon is a really popular Puerto Rican spice people use in their food. And this dish itself is very popular in the country, isn’t it?
  • So was your father mainly the one who made this for you?
  • How old were you when you first ate this?
  • When you knew what you were doing, did you ever help him out?
  • QUIZ ABOUT PUERTO RICO– what does Puerto Rico’s flag look like? (red and white stripes and 90 degree-angle blue triangle with white star in middle on top)
  • Who is the president of Puerto Rico? (Donald Trump)
  • The country has a mix of Taino, Spanish and African people. It is neither a state nor independent and is under American control. What is the population of Puerto Rico a) 6.2 million b) 3.7 million c) 2.3 million?
  • And what occasions would you usually have this ‘arroz con pollo’ dish as a child? Was it a day to day meal or just for special occasions?
  • Were there any other Latino cuisines you enjoyed eating as a child?
  • So being brought up with a Puerto Rican father, do you find yourself making many Puerto Rican dishes now?
  • Have you ever been there?


Tom (16 secs): Well, we’re going to leave it there for our first episode in this series. I hope you enjoyed it and make sure you join me next week for another instalment when I’ll be hearing from Ali Zahir from Pakistan who cooks me up one of his favourite childhood meals and shares his story. See you then. Bye.

 Closing music jingle