“Build a sandwich around 3 ingredients that start with the letters B.L.T.” that was the directive for this month’s challenge. And you know we’re not talking bacon, lettuce and tomato! Continue Reading
“Choose one of your favorite rich, heavy, fatty animal-protein-based meals and give it a healthy VEGAN spin.” That was the challenge. Continue Reading
Thank you to everyone who participated in my search to find something interesting to put in my cup and saucer set. I found it fascinating that the majority of the suggestions were ‘sweet’. I don’t know why that continues to surprise me. The internet is lopsided with recipes for desserts and other sweet endings (or in-betweens).
But, that’s not me. And since I have to eat what I make, I satisfied my palate. Continue Reading
I rarely eat ‘cold cuts’ (aka deli meat), but every once in a while… Continue Reading
I’m not a traditionalist. Never claimed to be. Not in my beliefs, not in my life’s decisions and certainly not in my kitchen. I stand squarely against doing things a certain way (or any specific way) just because that’s how they are/were conventionally done. It may be a controversial stance to some who hold tradition dear, but for me to do otherwise would be contra my mind’s eye. Sure, I’m influenced and guided by prevailing wisdom and ‘tried + true’ experiences, but I adhere to the view that every.single.thing in life could – and should – be routinely revisited, questioned and perhaps reinterpreted with the passage of time. That goes for relationships, behavior, beliefs, politics, style…and food!
In the 2+ years I’ve been blogging, I’ve been aware of an event called Weekend Herb Blogging. I’ve admired the posts I’ve seen because, by edict, they include any herb, fruit, plant, flower, or vegetable. “I can do that”, I often thought. And then the moment passed.
This week, the WHB host is Cinzia of Cindystar who is also one of my constant companions on our Culinary Tour Around the World. How could I not support her? Plus I made a delicious lunch for myself this week that fit the criteria perfectly. Continue Reading
Do you remember Josefa Souto de Presedo? She was my maternal grandmother who was born in Sada, La Coruña (Galicia), Spain in 1889. I introduced this remarkable lady to you in my escabeche post, September 22, 2009.
One of the culinary traditions she passed on to her daughters, and they to us, was Empanada Gallega, a large pie (usually the size of a cookie sheet or large pizza pan) filled with bacalao (cod fish), fried peppers + onions and flavored with azafrán (saffron) and oregano.
I think she would have liked this sandwich, which is a contemporary take-off on the classic, because she was a ‘thoroughly modern Millie’ who constantly kept herself updated and in tempo with the times.
(An out-of-the-kitchen aside to illustrate her modernity: One day, when she was well into her 80s, I called to say hello and asked the usual “what are you doing?” She told me she was busy sewing (pegging) all her slacks because she saw that “the people on TV were wearing them more narrow”. I nearly fell off my office chair laughing. ) Continue Reading