New Year’s Eve in Havana is traditionally not a major public celebration. Locals usually stay at home with their family eating roast pork and yucca before throwing buckets of water over their balconies onto the streets below. On this evening many tourists end up at overpriced dinners and shows.
The Old Havana (Habana Vieja) late afternoon streets contained suckling pigs either dressed waiting on a spit or already roasting over coals.
Suckling pig on spit balanced against a Havana wall
Rolled roast pork: rubbed in olive oil and then thyme salt and cooked in the Weber Baby Q
Cauliflower and potato bake topped with tulum cheese with nigella seeds and cooked in the conventional oven
Spicy apple salsa left to slowly cook for a few hours on the stove
The roast pork turned out very well and although not all the skin crisped, there was enough crackling. The apple salsa, cauliflower and potato bake and broccoli, with their contrasting tastes and textures all complemented the pork.