Vegetarian

Kimchi fried rice

This kimchi fried rice is something I made very quickly last Friday after a morning full of meetings, an afternoon full of errands, and then having to go pick up a friend at the airport. It’s quick, tasty, and ugly delicious. Also, if you’re anything like me and you always keep kimchi, eggs, and green onions in the fridge—you’re golden for this one. 

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Vegetarian

Whatever I had in the fridge pasta

When I moved to Houston last year my husband had to go to a remote location for work. I was all alone in a new where I had no friends or family. Cooking for one is tough, so this recipe is basically pasta for one.
 

What you’ll need: 🔪

  • 90gr of whole-grain spaghetti
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • yellow zucchini (courgette for the Brits)
  • portobello mushrooms
  • garlic
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley

Method: 🍅
Pretty straightforward: boil the pasta with a pinch of salt. In a pan at medium heat add extra virgin olive oil and sautee the garlic with the cayenne pepper. Slice the mushrooms and tomatoes and add them in. Add a pinch of salt. Then add the zucchini. 

When the pasta is done, save a cup of the boiling water and put it aside. Add the spaghetti to the pan with the vegetables and mix a bit. When it’s all well combined, add the water and mix again. Add to a plate and top with parsley and parmesan. Best enjoyed with a glass of your favorite wine.  🍝🍷 

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Salads, Vegetarian

Nectarine and Avocado Salad

I swear by this salad, it’s so delicious! I’ve been making it all summer. I am so obsessed with nectarines, they’re so juicy I truly understand why *spoiler alert* Elio fucked a peach on Call Me By Your Name. Too crude? I’m not sorry.

What you’ll need: 🔪

  • 2 Plump and ripe nectarines
  • 1 Avocado
  • Iceberg lettuce (or any other crunchy lettuce)
  • Half a medium cucumber
  • Seed medley: I used sunflower, pumpkin, and pine nuts
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Fresh Produce, Salads, Vegetarian

Herby Lentil Salad

This one is great for the summer.

I love vegan salads because you can take them anywhere and they require minimal refrigeration. When you don’t have dairy or meat it keeps better under hot weather. You can use cooked lentils or make your own. Don’t know how to? I have a quick guide on how to make them here. I used brown lentils, however, you can use black beluga lentils or green lentils.

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Barcelona, Fresh Produce, Send Noods, Vegetarian

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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Appetizers, Barcelona, Fresh Produce, Tapas, Vegetarian

White Bean Crostini with Mint-Cilantro Vinaigrette

…Vegetarian ceviche style! God, I love ceviche on a crostini. It’s probably my favorite fish dish, except this isn’t a fish dish. Anyway, lemon-lime and everything acid truly make me happy, especially when this kind of vinaigrette seeps into toast or a crostini. I can already feel my tongue tingle. I also really enjoy the combination of mint and cilantro, reminds me a lot of Vietnamese style dishes (which are amazing!).  This recipe is a very simple and quick one to make. Crostinis make the best kind of tapas! For guests, for date night, for yourself, it doesn’t really matter! Making the topping for the crostini is quite straightforward, you can use any kind of beans, it doesn’t matter. It’s not like you’re going to run a Likert scale questionnaire on yourself.

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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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