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Barcelona’s got a lovely variety of tapas, from the Pinchos to some lovely Iberic ham plates to the Basque-style tapas held up by a wooden stick, here is where to find the best tapas in Barcelona gastronomic city! Tapas originated in the South of Spain, more precisely Andalusia. Although in Barcelona, Catalonia, tapas came later on… around about 30-40 years ago. However, it picked up at an incredibly fast pace. Today, being one of the few cities in Spain where you can find the biggest variety of Tapas ranging from traditional to molecular! Here are my “10 must-try Tapas places” to experience on your next trip to Gaudi’s city! Some require a reservation a few weeks in advance and others require you to turn up and don’t take reservations. I’ll give you the lowdown below. 1. Cal Pep Plaça de les Olles, 8, El Born district This small, hidden traditional…

Easy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made with a splash of maple syrup, walnuts and coconut oil. Great snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box. Ultra easy and moist Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are done in no time, perfect lifesaver on a busy day or to fill up your kid’s belly at school. Plus, who doesn’t like cookies? Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with Bananas is a fun recipe to do with the kids, a great way to make the kids learn to cook, and impossible to miss! It’s also a good way to get rid of those old bananas that nobody wants to touch on the counter. The darker the banana, the tastier the cookie! Maple syrup vs. other sweeteners Ok, I must say… coming from the land of Maple syrup; Canada, I’m not unbiased here but I’ll try anyway. Maple syrup is known…

A “must have” for every fridge, an irresistible sweet and sour homemade canned zucchini relish that goes perfectly with eggs, cheeses, burgers and much more. Canned Zucchini Relish is so simple to make and quite frankly it’s a “must” to accompany any type of meat, burger, cheese or hot dog! Relishes are a religion where I’m from, people make their own homemade versions once a year and sous-vide them before winter comes, to make reserves for the cold months to come. If you open the fridge of a Canadian, the chances are, you’ll see a version of a homemade relish or two in there. There are some more popular than others, like the beloved “ketchup aux fruits” (fruits relish) which is basically a mix of onion, pepper, apples and pears. Grandma recipe This recipe is from ages ago, a real old handwritten recipe my grandma left me, which she…

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas is a fast and easy meal to make on a busy week day, a lightly spiced and smoky dish with a touch of cheese served with diced avocado and sour cream. Searching for an easy way to make the kids and yourself happy on a busy weekday night? Or maybe you have some leftovers of last sunday’s roasted chicken feast? Chicken Quesadillas is the way to go! A quick and easy recipe filled with flavor and approved by kids, what else can you ask for?! Served with a done in no time diced avocado with a squeeze of lime and sour cream to smooth things up a bit. Chipotle peppers in adobo Chipotle peppers are mildly spicy and sold in a can that contains a sensational “adobo” or marinade making the perfect seasonning for the chicken. No worries about the heat, this pepper is mild and has…

Healthy Corn Chowder with aged cheddar as a topping is a great way to use those leftovers of corn or do something different with it. This creamy and cheesy soup with saline herbs will close up the summer on a high note! Corn season is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season than a healthy corn chowder with a topping of aged cheddar? The days are getting slowly colder and shorter and we all need to comfort ourselves up with some hot soup. Where I’m from, Quebec, Canada, everyone knows that the “best” corns are from that small town called Neuville situated in between Quebec City and Montreal. Pretty much everyone I know, if they pass by, has to stop by to get at least one mega bag that contains 60 corns for about 20$ CAD. https://youtu.be/nSJf9OtXZMA Once home, we would eat corn until food coma follows,…

Grilled Fish Fillet on a sweet Coconut Rice, topped with a fresh salsa tropical with a touch of heat to bring you right under the tropics sun! A decade ago…  I was travelling with my now husband and my little black cocker throughout South America and we ended up in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. I believe one of my top places in the world! We loved it there, and after living for a year in Peru everything seemed so different on the other side of the continent. Starting with the first meal we’ve got… coconut rice and grilled fish! Sooo simple and sooo unforgettable. Although in Colombia they make a “sofrito” (a reduction until paste) with the coconut milk first to give it extra taste and a brownish color, here I’ve skipped this step to simply cook the rice in coconut milk. The coconut flavor is all there though, plus it’s…

Coco-Lemongrass Vermicelli Shrimp Bowl is a light and easy dish for the summertime, filled with a rainbow of crunchy veggies, coco-lemongrass shrimps on a small bed of vermicelli rice noodles. Summertime is sometimes painful… especially when you don’t have AC and live in Spain… It’s too hot to make tartar… too scared of making the fish turn bad as soon as it hits the infernal sun, and too hot for any long cooking sessions… Solution: the Wok! I love my wok, I like to work with it especially in the summertime to sauté food in no time. It’s so fast to cook with it, it won’t have time to warm up the house. The main idea here is to make a protein, whether it’s shrimps, chicken or tofu and sauté it rapidly in oil and lemongrass, than let it simmer for an extra minute in coconut milk for an ultra…

A Spinach-Feta Buckwheat Crêpe is a gluten and lactose free dish merging French Galette with a Greek spinach filling. The difference between pancake, crêpe and galette Pancakes are a thicker version of crêpe, however not foldable, usually eaten with sweet toppings. Although if you visit France, you’ll find many types of “crêpes” in other words thin pancakes, there is the Galette, a buckwheat crêpe for savory fillings like cheese and ham and many more. There is also the Crêpe Bretonne which is also a buckwheat crêpe but ultra thin (paper thin) and crispy and finally the sweet crêpe made with normal flour that is used for all sweet fillings. Healthy buckwheat A great thing about buckwheat is its low glycemic index, meaning it will make you full longer and prevent the spike of sugar in your blood levels like regular pancake do. It’s called buck”wheat” but truthfully there is no…

This golden Saffron Asparagus Risotto is delicate and aromatic, filled with al dente green asparagus, tender sweet peas and a touch of parmesan. I wouldn’t dare to call this dish “risotto alla milanese” since it contains some asparagus and peas but truth be told, it’s quite similar. Also, the original risotto alla milanese is usually made with beef broth and is the only risotto generally not served as a “primo”, first course, but as a sidedish. Usually serve with ossobuco, this risotto is the king of the North (…of Italy, not Westeros…). For this particular recipe, I consider it a “main meal” but it could also be served as a Primo or side dish. You can also make this dish vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth and forget the parmesan. So…let’s talk saffron shall we? Saffron rules! Saffron is the most precious, Gollum style, (my god… I’m…

Traditional Spanish dessert “Peras al vino” or Pears in Red Wine is the best of two worlds; fruits and wine merging into a sweet, spiced and colorful dessert that couldn’t be easier to make. This dessert comes from the Spanish region of Rioja, which is well known for its deep red wines. I don’t know for you but I’m a wino and this dessert is so refreshing, for once… a dessert without tons of flour, sugar or fat in it and frankly it taste simply divine. Plus, it’s terribly easy to make and can be prepared in advance. https://youtu.be/MCUXEwFyPdY Which type of pear? Well… for this particular recipe Spaniards traditionally use “pera conferencia” , but any pear type that is holding good, not too filled with water, nor too porous or mature should do, so pick a firm pear of your choice at the Farmer’s Market. A fairly common dessert in…

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