Category Archives: All things Yum!

The Spanish Table: Tortilla de Patata

Meet the Spanish Tortilla…round and deliciously caramelized on the outside an ooy gooy and filling  on the inside.     This Spanish comfort food will have you saying… paella who?  By far the most typical food of Spain, you can find it anywhere and served up at temperatures ranging from steaming hot to damn did they even warm this up?!  Join me as I learn how to cook up one of these beauties from a real live epsanola.

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Aupa! Bilbao

Pinxto poppin on a handstand!  If you have been sleeping on Páis Vasco, please drop what you doing, get on blablacar and find yourself a quick ticket to Bilbao and go get yo life.  Here are my 3 favorite things that will have you heading directamente to Pais Vasco.

  1.  Pinxtos. pronounced piencho.  I’ve already explained how geek I get when these little morsels of deliciousness are around.  The pinxto scene in Bilbao is fierce.  From swanky to divy  almost every bar offers up gourmet style small bites for consumption with your beverage of choice.
  2. Casco Viejo.  Its old and beautiful.  Walk around and get dizzy or tipsy in its winding streets.
  3. Tinderonis.  Not sure where you are swiping at the moment, but the basque city is very active on this dating app.  If you’re feeling adventerous or frisky swipe right and meet up with a local get a free tour or whatever else no judgement here.

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Spain on a Budget: Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Cheap Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Broke life ain’t no joke, but its half way worth it when you spend most of your money living and traveling abroad. Making ends meet is a must when balancing a basic needs teaching salary, with a life style of the rich and the famous traveling appetite. Luckily, living abroad in Spain doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on delicious healthy cheap meals. This dish I make on the regular. Its easy, healthy, takes minimal work, and its cheap. I buy my chicken at my local mercado where they dice up a whole chicken, including fileting my breast for around 5 euros. Then I head to the local frutería (any in Lavapiés or La Latina for the cheapest freshest non organic (pipe dreams) veg in the center) where I pick up a bag of potatoes and onions. So here is what you need to make this dish, but its versatile. Put in your favorite veggies and optional side of rice for a full meal.

Prep chicken in advance the more days the better

1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (breast filet optional)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 or more of fresh Rosemary

1/4 cup of Parsley

1/2 lemon squeezed

1/4 cup of olive oil

Sea Salt and fresh pepper to taste

Clean chicken. Coat in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In separate bowl mix 3 tbls of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, together. Coat chicken with mixture making sure every piece is coated with garlic and herbs. Put in container to marinate in fridge for as long as you can. This chicken marinated from Friday afternoon until Monday evening.

On cook day

Rustic chop whatever vegetable you want. I used

2 Turnips (peeled)

4 Carrots (peeled)

1 Green pepper

1 clove of garlic

1/4 Rosemary and Parley

Coated with olive oil and seasoned to taste.

Put veggies in pot( I used a pyrex) and stir to make sure they are coated. Place chicken on top of veggies and bake (375) with aluminum foil on top. Once chicken is done and visibly falling off the bone, remove foil and broil until browned. I coat the skin with a tiny bit of butter for crisping.

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