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Eats All Around: A newsletter by me (Ella Quien Come!)

Hello everyone! I’m going to try and keep this quick. This post is about the newsletter I’ve just launched.

My life has changed SO much in the past month. I now live in Houston, Texas, most of my routine has drastically changed, and my cooking flavors are wildly different (I’m exploring more Tex-Mex vibes now!). To be honest, I’ve been feeling lazy AF so the blog and my overall creative process has been suffering. I’ve needed somewhere to channel all of that energy, so I created a food newsletter.

 

Epilepsy-inducing GIF of what my newsletter looks like.

I know you don’t come here to read about my personal life and you’re here for the food, so rest assured I got you.

Instead of updating the blog once a month (riiight), I’ve opted to start a bi-weekly newsletter where I share short recipes and other food stories. Would this be something that is of interest to you?

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Barcelona, Personal

Shakshouka brunch

Sunday mornings are always easygoing at my place. No alarms and no rush; just a flow of “do as you please” in the air. Today was no exception. I sat on the couch and with a cup of green tea watched an episode of Chef’s Table. It left me stunned.

It features Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun who resides in a temple in South Korea and cooks vegan cuisine in the most spiritual way I’ve ever seen in my life. I really identified with her approach to food because of her sense of community and communication.

“With food we can share and communicate our emotions. It’s that mindset of sharing that is really what you’re eating. There is no difference between cooking and pursuing Buddha’s way.”

Man did this inspire me for today. I embodied her mindset and went off to cook a beautiful Shakshouka brunch with some intimate friends. A few had never tried this before and I was beyond excited to make it for them.

Over bloody marys we chopped crisp bell peppers and roasted tomatoes. Talked about where shakshouka comes from, Theresa May and wondered if she’ll pursue the Maldives after this Gibraltar ordeal, and discussed our current obsession with Big Little Lies.

What I love about this recipe is how soulful it is. It’s quite straight forward to make and has all of the makings of a great comfort food dish: a delicious sauce and a runny egg.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 eggs
  • 9 medium sized tomatoes (you can use 200gr of canned tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley, chopped

Method:

Roast the tomatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil at 170°C for 20 minutes. In a separate large pan at medium heat add the olive oil, followed by the peppers, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and chilli flakes. Then add the sweet paprika and cumin. Cook at medium heat this for about 15 minutes.

After the tomatoes are soft, peel the skin off and blitz them in a blender. After you have a smooth sauce, add it to the pepper and onion mixture. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes, then add the eggs and cover them. Cook for 5-7 minutes, remove from the heat and top it with parsley, salt and pepper.

This dish is sweet and spicy. Quite soulful. Eat it with bread, tortillas, or even rice if you’re feeling it. We had them with arepas and avocado and let me tell you it was seriously delicious. I really recommend it. Ah, it we washed it down with white wine because, well, it’s Sunday and you can’t judge me.

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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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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, Fresh Produce, Personal, Vegetarian

Was That Really a Sabbatical? Baked Green Tomatoes and Why I Haven’t Been Blogging.

Well, now I am. I’ve been ‘off the blog grid’ for over a year now and I’ve finally come back, writing in English this time. Don’t know, I feel I express myself better in my native language.

So… Yeah, I’ve been absent. Busy. On a sabbatical. On a hiatus. Whatever you want to call it. But overall I’ve missed blogging, mostly because of my lack of time, but to be honest I really hate that saying; “Oh I don’t have time for that”, I think it’s because I’m a firm thinker that there is no such thing as “not having enough time” for something, to me that’s just an excuse to not do things… If you want to do something, make time for it… So, well, here I am making time. And I brought tomatoes.

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Cooking for Friends, Personal, Santo Domingo

Entre amigas-

Las tardes con amigas es algo que siempre me encanta sacar para hacer. Siempre están los viejos cuentos, chistes internos y nuevos temas de los cuales hablar y discutir y más si es alrededor de una mesa con sangrías y rica comida.

El sábado pasado, mi amiga Mariela de ElaDesignStudio y yo hicimos de anfitrionas de una tarde de sangría y tapas, antes de mostrarles todo lo que hicimos en esa tarde quiero agradecer a Maribel Montealegre de Los Catadores, quien nos hizo un lindo obsequio de dos botellas de Lillet y varias de St. Pellegrino para nuestra tarde, con esa botella hicimos una sangría blanca con la receta de una de mis webs favoritas: Food52

Aquí lo que vas a necesitar:

 

  • Dos botellas de vino blanco
  • Una botella de Lillet
  • 4 Botellitas de agua con gas saborizada San Pellegrino
  • Frutas de tu preferencia

Y esto no es más nada que mezclarlo todo junto en unas jarras y listo!
Después de unas que otras jarras (¡nos dio la noche!) nos fuimos a preparar las tapas, aquí el menú:
  • Paletas de papas y bacon
  • Tartitas de queso crema y puerro
  • Tapenade de aceitunas negras y pimientos piquillo sobre pepinos
  • Queso crema y puerro sobre pepinos
  • Bruschettas de capresa
  • Platos embutidos: jamón serrano, salami genoa con rúcula al balsámico y queso de cabra semi curado.

 

¡Feliz fin de semana largo!
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