You will never be stuck for what to cook for dinner ever again!
Whether you crave pork, fish, tofu or lamb – there is something for everyone. I’m a firm believer in lowering my carbon footprint by eating more vegetarian meals, so there are plenty of those, and although I don’t have any food intolerances I have lots of friends who do so I cook my fair share of vegan and gluten free goodies too.
I’ve heard people complain they don’t eat salads because they still feel hungry afterward. Rubbish! They’re obviously not eating the right salads.
I’ll let you in on a secret: salads don’t have to include lettuce. Gasp! It’s a hard secret for some to swallow, but once you start to follow the no-lettuce rule, salads get a lot more interesting.
It’s been a bit of a meat-fest around here lately so let’s lighten it up, reduce our carbon footprint and save a few bucks as well.
I came up with this dish just before we left Barcelona in anticipation of heading to Morocco. I got us in the mood with a good dollop of fiery harissa in a vegan meal that tastes suspiciously meaty thanks to those gorgeous specimens nicknamed ‘meat-for-vegetarians’: mushrooms. (more…)
I’m currently in Fes, Morocco. Yesterday we went to the Medina (a massive market) for the first time and it was absolutely amazing. Such a shock to the senses – smells (spices, incense, animal poop), sounds (musical instruments, Arabic, French) and sites (so many donkeys!).
A trip to the local supermarket today in Barcelona was a very exciting adventure indeed. I got such wonderful things as fresh Jamon (ham, although that’s an understatement), Jamon stock (ham stock, amazing), Butifarra (Catalan sausage), cooked octopus (above) and canned pimento peppers. You can see a picture of my haul here.
I came back to my apartment and my head spun from deciding what to eat first. Making lunch never seemed so hard! I figured that the octopus would go bad first so being a practical girl I used that. (more…)
I thought I’d be making something uniquely Spanish for my first homemade dinner in Barcelona but I let the fresh ingredients at the market and meals I had in restaurants over the weekend determine the results.
There was also another first today – shopping alone at the local fresh market – and realising I need to know more Spanish words and phrases! Like, ‘I’ll have half a kilo’, ‘Can I try those olives?’, ’10 slices of jamon please’! It was a tad embarrassing to say the least and I’ll be rectifying it asap. (more…)