Do you ever forget about a recipe, then run across it, or find something that reminds you of it and you think, “I love that and had forgotten about it. I must make it NOW!” Well, that’s what happened to The Goddess last night. Continue reading
Now that we’re wandering into the Autumn, I’m beginning to think about heartier dishes. You know, good peasant food. The Goddess loves the bold, assertive flavors and stick-to-your-ribs quality that peasant food brings to the table. I think most people like that sort of food…at least the people who come to our table seem to! Continue reading
The recipe title is quite a mouth-full, isn’t it? We enjoyed this wonderful dish, at a dinner party in Puerto Rico, over 25 years ago. From the first bite, I was completely smitten with the flavor and the texture. It was creamy, salty, all gooey with cheese and truly delicious. It was about the best fish I had ever eaten. The hostess told me she would gladly give me the recipe. I don’t think she wanted to share the recipe, but I was bulldog-tenacious and wouldn’t give up. I begged and begged her for months, until we were down to pretty much the day before we were leaving the island, when she finally relented. Sometimes Goddess’s have to be persistent. Continue reading
Gazpacho is the perfect summer soup. In Andalusia, it’s smooth, unctuous and creamy. The Goddess loves that version. She could bathe in that version. But, she’s also just a tad unconventional, so she also really likes a slightly chunkier version with bits of crunchy vegetables, too. That’s what this is! Continue reading
Today, when I got the first real vine-ripened tomatoes, I knew EXACTLY what to make. Tomaquet is to Spain, in particular, to the Catalan, what bruschetta is to the Italians. Ask any Spaniard about tomato bread and they will get a faraway look in their eyes and wax on about tomaquet for, at the very least, 15 minutes. Continue reading
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) use dates back at least 5000 years. You know the drill, Asia (it’s been used there for centuries), through the Middle East to Europe, then the Arab control of the spice trade, the trade routes open and spices become more available. The history of spice does seem to repeat itself, doesn’t it? Fortunately for us, ginger is readily available and in several forms…fresh, dried (in slices, pieces or more readily, ground), in syrup and crystalized.