Life has been pretty hectic over here for the last few months! When I haven’t been accompanying C on his business travels, I have been focusing on trying to set up a meaningful life for myself in Brasilia! Getting involved in different activities, trying to make new friends, looking for work, studying Portuguese – the list seems to be ever growing, along with my guilt – as The Travelling Chopsticks has fallen slightly by the wayside!
However to kick-start my blogging escapades again, I thought I would start May with this incredibly easy and delicious Mediterranean muffin recipe! I just love the fact that they are savoury and I wonder why there is not more of a demand for savoury muffins in the world!
This is a very quick and very easy dish to make – especially if you are on your own, as I am at the moment! In fact, for the majority of June ‘C’ will be out of town and it is never that much fun cooking for one – so I am sure you will see a lot of these ‘quick & easy’ recipes in the next few weeks.
The flavours in this stew is distinctly Indian, with generous amounts of cumin, garam masala and turmeric, which I think have to be my all time favourite spices. There is no meat in this stew but you really do not miss it as the flavours are so bold. I find this stew actually incredibly comforting. Keep Reading
After the Pavlova I made yesterday, and the rather glutinous lifestyle that ‘C’ and I have been leading the last month. We decided (or rather I decided, and am forcing ‘C’ along on the ride) that today we are going to get back on track of our health kick again. This includes daily trips to the gym and of course healthy meals.
The basic recipe for this lentil stew is one that I found on a blog a couple of months ago, I copied and pasted it into my word documents and filed it under ‘recipe’. The only problem is, I didn’t record who’s blog it belongs to. So, if for some reason you stumble upon my blog and recognise this recipe as your own…please let me know and I will gladly give credit where credit is due! Keep Reading
Happy Easter Monday!
Yesterday, ‘C’ and I came back from a lovely weekend at our friend’s country house about a 2 hours drive from Mexico City, situated in a little quaint Mexican village called Malinalco. Although it was meant to be a relaxed weekend by the pool – there was far more drinking and eating than I had anticipated! This combined with an incredibly hectic 2 weeks in Peru (which I promise to write about soon) has left me broken.
I woke up this morning flu ridden and absolutely drained – and in desperate need of both vegetables and some comfort food. So for lunch I rustled up this tomato and spinach spaghetti, and it was exactly what the Dr. ordered. Keep Reading
This is an incredibly easy, yet delicious potato dish to make – in fact we made it as a side dish with the Cornish Hens in Garlic and Rosemary the other day and it worked beautifully. It was almost like that elusive ‘perfect roast potato’ that I can never seem to grasp – crispy on the outside and lovely and soft on the inside. Keep Reading
Some things I have just not been able to find in Mexico City – canned beans being one of them! Don’t get me wrong, you can buy every kind of bean imaginable (this is Mexico after all!) but they are all dried.
Dried beans have always put me off – I like the convenience of the can. Open. Drain. Rinse and ready to cook.
But sometimes you are forced out of your lazy habits and for good reason! I bought a bag of dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and went through the palava of soaking and pre-cooking them, and there is such a distinct difference in both taste and flavour. I think I may be hooked!
So with half my beans I made humus and the other half I made (or rather ‘am making’ they are in the oven as I write) Falafels. Really Falafels are a type of garbanzo bean burger, but i really hate that name – for me it is so unappetizing . Keep Reading
It’s amazing how good food can put you into a really good mood! Or does that only happen with me? If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE food! I love thinking about it, talking about it, making it and more importantly, eating it! Growing up, my dad used to joke that the three words he would hear the most from me was: “Daddy – I’m hungry!”
Even poor C has learnt that my mood directly correlates with my hunger – unfortunately he has learnt the hard way. I like to think of my self as pretty even-tempered, I don’t get angry often, however when I am hungry and there is no food in sight it is almost a guarantee that you will see a really unpleasant side of me!
Anyway, back to the reason for this post. Tomato Soup with Chevre! Keep Reading