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Udon topped with kimchi and a fried egg

I’m obsessed with the show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, on Netflix. It’s so beautiful, I’ve rewatched every episode a few times. Samin Nosrat is my queen. In the show, she talks about wabi-sabi, the worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. For example, in the picture above you can’t really see it but I burned the fried egg. That’s the beauty of wabi-sabi: things can go slightly wrong but it’s okay. More people should be into it. 

Kake udon noodles are my favorite. They’re firm, chewy, and chunky. I recently went to HMart and bought a very large supply of noodles (among many other tasty ingredients), so I am excited to share this recipe. As I’ve mentioned before, most of these directions/measurements are done by eye. I highly suggest you add more or remove what you like from the main ingredients. Like spice? Add more! Hate mushrooms? Remove them completely! 

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Send (soba) noods

Soba noodles are my favorite. Especially if they’re in a soup. They give me a huge cozy feeling. They’re also easy to make. I love soups and stews in general, whenever it’s cold, I gear up to make chili, ramen, and anything else that cozy AF. 

The other day it was a bit cloudy so I made this soba noodle soup. With whatever was in my fridge. So, most of the ingredients here are guides and I suggest you go with what you like the most! Meaning, if you have kale—add kale! If you have other veggies, add them… I like to think cooking started with whatever we had available to us, not what someone decided as food.

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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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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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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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Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

Each time I go to the market I get overly excited to buy fresh produce. Kind of like a child at a candy store. Everything is so colorful and my attention is everywhere. Colors. Textures. Taste. That’s mostly why I love making Asian inspired recipes, not only you get a wonderful flavor, but you also enjoy a diversity of textures. Also, who doesn’t like looking at a bright spread of fresh produce?

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Se me ha roto la pasta: listones de zanahorias y calabacín

Eso fue lo que dije cuando intenté comer la ‘pasta falsa’ que hice hace unos días. Tenía ganas de cenar algo con salsa de tomate pero la pereza que me daba preparar pasta era la misma pereza que me da levantarme por las mañanas, entonces opté por una opción diferente, en vez de utilizar pasta hice pequeños listones de zanahoria y calabacín lo que es totalmente tonto ya que es trabajo doble, pero aquí están: Listones rotos de zanahoria y calabacín, a continuación lo que vas a necesitar para hacer este plato:

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