September 1, 2014

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas
Tapas are Spain's gift to the world of great cooking: a fun way to eat with friends and family.
Everyone can share tasty food, try different things and fight over the last morsel of that delicious tortilla espanola (“it’s MINE btw!”)
If you’re not familiar, tapas are small dishes or plates which are traditionally given in bars in Spain when ordering a drink.
Originally they were slices of bread placed on top of the glass in order to protect the drink from flies or dust (the word lid is 'tapa' in Spanish).  Eventually these slices of bread were then topped with some cheese or vegetables to make a tasty snack.
Tapas have evolved and and gained popularity, nowadays they’re more than just a snack.
If you’ve been to Spain, you’ve probably experienced the whole tapa-hopping thing.
Going around town with friends and stopping in at several bars to have a glass of wine and sample the tapa specialities of each. Slowly and steadily.
One of the best experiences ever.

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August 31, 2014

Suggested Reading: Harvest

Sometimes you find a book that pulls you right in from the beginning, you want to sit down and read in one sitting. 
Harvest is that kind of book.
When I find a book like that, I want to share it.
Harvest: Field Notes from a Far-Flung Pursuit of Real Food




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August 29, 2014

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are insanely hip and you know it.
I just needed to put that out there.
Just think about it for a moment. For more than 30 years chia seeds have been part of our lives, they have never abandoned us and we will not abandon them now.
First, there were Chia pets.
Who needed a puppy, kitten, goldfish, or even a genuine pedigreed Pet Rock when you could have a Chia Pet?
You got my point.
Now, there are Chia people.
Everyone and anyone who wants to be hip nowadays eats Chia seeds. Including myself.
Because I’m the kind of person that jumps on the bandwagon of every health fad I hear about.
Nah...just kidding.

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August 27, 2014

Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon

Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon
I was at Urban Outfitters the other day when I heard a song that went something like "I know there's nothing to say, Someone has taken my place. When times go bad. When times go rough..."
I asked the store clerk (a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster) about it and he was like “Dude, this is Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac!
He even rolled his eyes as if to say “Have you been living under a rock or something?
Geeeeeez…what is your problem man? Why are you making such a big deal?
First off, there is so much noise in your stupid store I could barely hear the music.
Secondly, I haven’t heard that song in years.
Thirdly, I could have shazamed it, but my phone has no reception in the shop.
R-E-L-A-X.

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August 25, 2014

Pizza Sweet Potato Skins

Pizza Sweet Potato Skins
You guys know that sweet potatoes have been ranked as the #1 most nutritious vegetable?
The Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fibre content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value.
Yes, you read it right. Sweet potato is numero uno!
The orange-skinned root vegetable got 184 point, spinach 76, kale 55 and broccoli just 52.  
Talking about crushing the competition...

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August 22, 2014

Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie

Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie
If you’re a runner, a triathlete, a cross-fitter or just a gym-goer, you know there’s no shortage of new supplements and other products that claim to promote faster recovery.
Most of us have learned to ignore them, we just don’t believe it.
Speed of recovery is subjective and hard to measure. On top of that, the evidence is often pretty weak and even when it’s there, I tend to be skeptical.
Plus, supplements have weird/funny names. Few have catchy ones, but some are…well questionable at best.
Have you ever heard of “Green Bulge”? It’s a supplement for enhancing strength and performance. I’m dead serious, it exists.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it could very well be a good product, but the first time I saw it, I thought it was an arousal supplement for the Hulk.
What about those Boost-Punch-Burn-KaBoom-XXXL supplements? If we were to judge a book by its cover/name, I would say that those are the kind of product with side effects that would include growing a few limbs, glowing skin or turning you into a mutant.
Supplements are expensive too. 50 bucks for a tub of chemical stuff? No thanks.

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August 20, 2014

Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

Spiced Raw Chocolate MousseI bought The Kinfolk Table almost a year ago and still pull it out whenever I’m lacking inspiration.
It’s a special book, because it is not your modern day cookbook.
The pages do not go between recipe and food photos.
There are people (chefs, musicians, writers, editors, bakers) sharing their stories, their houses, their food, their ideas.
The recipes are all personal, effortless and approachable.
The kind of food that goes through people’s kitchen routinely, not recipes written with the sole intention of writing recipes.
Recipes perfect for small gatherings (as the book’s title suggests), celebrating why it can be so good to sit down at a table and share a simple meal with others.

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August 18, 2014

Nasi Goreng-Style Cauliflower Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng-Style Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have come to be very suspicious of the phrase “even better than the real thing” when used in the context of food.Take for instance Cheez Whiz, Cool Whip, or that “I Can’t Believe It’s Not” thing.
When I hear people claiming that those products are just as good – or even better – than real cheese, whipped cream or butter, I’m like “Have you ever made a side by side comparison? No? Do it, then we can talk.
My 9-year nephew used to say that instant mashed potatoes were “Awesome!
That was until I made him the real mashed potatoes: with Yukon gold, milk, butter and cheese.
The moment he tasted it, he gave me the biggest smile ever and adieu instant stuff, there’s only place for real mashed potatoes in his life now.

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August 15, 2014

Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette

Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette
Can we talk about the song ‘Rude’ by Magic! for a sec?
I can’t stop blasting it. It’s been love/hate since I've first heard it on the radio - less and less love as time goes by, but still.
I enjoy the pop-reggae sound and I kinda dig the lyrics - a man asking a father for permission to marry his daughter, yet winds up getting soundly rejected. Pretty original.
There are a couple of things bugging me about it though.
First off, do we (i.e., guys) still ask the girl’s father for permission to marry her?
I know some do, of course. But is it still common?
Take for instance my friend Rob. Before he asked his now fiancee to marry him, he first discussed it with his parents, then he went over to his fiancee's house so that he could get the permission from her parents, and then asked her. Exhausting.
I honestly thought what he did was the exception rather than the rule.
The way I see it is: the guy pops the question to the girl first, and then tell the parents, hoping for their blessing.
Am I completely off-base?

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August 13, 2014

Sichuan Pepper Chicken with Tomato-Chili Jam

Sichuan Pepper Chicken with Tomato-Chili Jam
This jam you guys. So good. All I can say is YUM.
And the chicken, juicy and OMG so flavorful.
Let me introduce you to my new obsession: dunking pieces of sichuan pepper chicken into tomato-chili jam. BAM! Just like that.
I don’t know why I haven’t been making this over and over before. For real.
Can you just imagine it in your mouth right now? It’s soy sauce salty, Sichuan peppercorn tarty, tomato sugary, and chili pepper fiery all in one bite. IT’S SO AMAZING.

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