Asian, Barcelona, Bowl of happy, Comfort Food, Fresh Produce, Personal, Vegetarian

Rice Noodles and Sautéed Veggies Topped With a Poached Egg

I’m preparing for a trip to Japan. I haven’t read about protocols to keep in mind whenever I’m on the Japan Railway, or where I’m supposed to take off my shoes. Or how to say “Could you please show me where is the bathroom?”… I did watch that very interesting video about the history of Japan… I’m putting all my hope in live-translation-apps, and all of the Ramen bars I have saved on my Google Maps, the rest is up to my partner and that’s how things are. Another way I prepare for a trip is eating dishes from the cuisine of the country I’m travelling to. That’s how I ended up making this today.

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Barcelona, Bowl of happy, Comfort Food, Fresh Produce, Pasta

Cloudy Pasta Primavera

I love carb-loading. Ain’t no shame in that, maybe just a little guilt. That’s why I add veggies so I can feel better about it, ha. Right. Either way, there’s something comforting about having a bowl of pasta on a cloudy day. Never as comforting as soup, but comforting even so. It’s rather cloudy today in Barcelona, and it has been for the past few days. Something rare in this city, it’s almost always sunny for the most part. This type of weather usually calls for soup but, for some reason it felt like a hassle to make one. Or better yet, I was just being beyond lazy, (I have today off from my 9 to 5 job) so I decided to make this ‘spring’ pasta, sans the sun, plus chicken.

This pasta primavera recipe is especially easy to make because it’s just about throwing ingredients together. The only thing to keep in mind is the timing: timing of cooking the pasta, of sauteeing the garlic, etc. But more of that later. To start, the ingredients that you will need:

  • Whole wheat pasta ( I used spaghetti)
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Small dried peperoncino
  • Olive oil (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 Small carrot
  • 1 Small zucchini
  • Frozen peas
  • Spring onions (1/4 of a cup)

For the chicken:

  • Chicken breast
  • A pinch of provençal herbs
  • Half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Barcelona, Comfort Food, Fresh Produce, Pasta

Rigatoni bolognese: a comfort food favorite

Rigatoni and bolognese sauce, a comfort food favorite of my childhood❤️

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It’s the holidays and I’m two days shy of getting home, finally! I can’t wait to be spoiled and pampered by my family for a few days. To me, it’s like heaven just to think about it! But, in the meantime, I have to spoil myself with one of my favorite dishes from my childhood: rigatoni bolognese.

My mom used to make this a lot when I was young and feeling down; something about the protein and iron in the bolognese sauce would lift me up, she would say. Something I love about this bolognese is that it’s also really easy to make. You can also store the bolognese in the freezer, this way you can have it in the freezer you just have to heat it up and boil pasta. Pretty handy, huh

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This recipe yields two and this is what you’ll need.

  • 100 gr of minced beef meat
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • half a medium onion
  • one handful of parsley
  • 500 gr to crushed tomato
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one pinch or sugar
  • 180 gr of rigatoni (90 grams per person)

Method:

For the rigatoni: Boil some water for the pasta for about 15 minutes. Once you’re ready to add the rigatoni add some salt and boil it away.

For the bolognese: Cut up the onion into small pieces, the carrot into halves. Sautee the onion and carrot in olive oil with the bay leaf.

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Add the minced beef meat, sautee it with the onion, carrot and bay leaf until it’s slightly brown. Then add the crushed tomato and let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, at medium-low heat. Taste, taste, taste. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. If it’s too acidic add a pinch of sugar to balance it out. Taste again and adjust the balance of the salt to your own liking.

Top with parsley and parmesan cheese and there you have it! Rigatoni bolognese!

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Asian, Barcelona, Bowl of happy, Comfort Food, Eating out

El holy grail de la resaca: Yoshino y su menú libre de comida asiática.

Empieza un nuevo año y ahora es que me doy cuenta que este blog cumplió 1 año hace una semana… Entre fiestas, visitas y turisteo lo he tenido un poco botado, pero ya estoy de regreso prometo no volver a abandonar el blog de esa forma.

Hace unos meses descubrí un restaurante japonés que tiene un menú libre de comida asiática, es el holy grail de las resacas y los antojos, en mi caso, ambos. Para mí no hay mejor comida de resaca que un buen restaurante de comida asiática (o china, whatever) con mucha comida grasienta, sushi y sopas que reconfortan el alma.

Aquí mis recomendaciones:

Sopa miso, edamame y ensalada de wakame (algas):

Empanadillas de verduras y carne:

Sashimi variado (salmón y atún):

Gambas fritas:

Y arroz al curry, ¡buenísimo!

El restaurante va de esta forma, te dan un menú y un papel donde apuntas todo lo que quieres, te puedes repetir cuantas veces desees, aunque los meseros te miren -obviamente juzgándote por gordo- , al final pagas 13€ (no incluye bebidas). El menú consta de muchísimos tipos de entradas y platos fuertes, entre ellos: dumplings (empanadillas), tallarines (udon, lo mein), arroces, sashimi, sushi variado y “makis”(que pueden ver un poco en la foto de arriba), los ‘makis’ no los recomiendo porque no son muy tradicionales y a mí no me gustan para nada.

Este lugar me encanta ir de resaca o de esos días que quiero hacer de morsa y comer hasta que me salga arroz por los oídos, no es excelente pero es muy bueno en relación calidad-precio. Si les interesa más sobre este lugar pueden mirar su página de TripAdvisor.

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