Barcelona, Catalan

Empedrat: Lentil and codfish salad

Okay, before I’m burned at the stake by Catalan cuisine connoisseurs, hear me out: I know what a traditional empedrat salad is, I just like playing around with classic dishes. If you’re not familiar with this dish, I’ll explain: Empedrat is traditional Catalan salad made of ganxet beans (also known as Santa Pau beans), raw (sometimes cooked) cod fish, green & red peppers, tomatoes, onions, and  black olives. It’s juicy, tangy, and very refreshing. And I love it. So much that if I don’t have ganxet or white beans at hand, I’ll use the next best legume. In this case, it was lentils.

Making empedrat is pretty straight forward. The veggies included are not exotic or hard to find, and the measurements can be done “by eye”. The key ingredient in it is cod fish. Regardless if it’s fresh or frozen, the briny taste of the cod is the main flavor. I always try to use fresh fish, but sometimes frozen is the only one available and that’s okay. If you use frozen fish I recommend you sauté it in olive oil before adding it to the salad. To make a tasty empedrat salad, you’ll need:

  • Beluga lentils
  • Red bell peppers
  • Green peppers
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cod fish
  • Parsley

For the vinaigrette:

  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

Mix 4 parts of vinegar with 2 parts of oil, salt & pepper to taste and there you’ll have your vinaigrette!

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Eating out, Personal, Travel

Memories from Paris

I can’t remember when was the first time I learned about Paris. Maybe it was in a movie. Probably in history class. Doesn’t matter, I’ve always wanted to go. Ever since I saw my first nouvelle vague film I’ve wanted to pretend I’m a careless Godard girl in a cute dress. Or channel my inner Julia Child and speak terrible french while I’m stuffing my face with macarons or some buttery food. And fulfilling my lifetime dream of a getting lost in front of impressionist art in the museum d’Orsay. Also, Disney Land. Yes, for the first time in my 26 years of age, I had never ridden a crazy teacup until a few months ago. Thanks to the fact that I was laid off which was really a blessing in disguise, I got to do all that.

This is mostly pictures of my (brief) trip to Paris this past May and also an attempt to make more space on my phone. But seriously, Paris was a dream. I had carb-a-cide breakfasts every day, I went to my favorites movie locations, and I got to see my favorite works of art. Oh, and croissants, plenty of buttery, flaky and delicate croissants. Are you ready for the boring ride?

I mean come the fuck ON.

 

 

Even the small ones were delicious.

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