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Catalan Romesco Sauce is a polyvalent Catalan sauce that goes well with any grilled poultry, fish, eggs or vegetable. Its main ingredients are roasted tomatoes, garlic, hazelnut, almond, a red pepper pulp with a touch of paprika. A perfect condiment for BBQ season! A Catalan ritual The orange and nutty sauce originates from Tarragona, about an hour south of Barcelona, Spain. The chances are… if you come visit and try any restaurant in the outskirts of the city you’ll end up with romesco sauce on your plate. It’s generally eaten with grilled meat, fish or veggies but also on their famous papas bravas with some aioli. The Catalan rural houses often have a grilling spot in their backyard where in the winter month they do calçotadas. The equivalent of a Sunday brunch… for Catalans though, the ritual consist of grilling special green onions they call calçots which resemble leeks (but taste nothing…

After a week of german recipes… it’s time to go back to an old good friend called Pasta. This pasta is ridiculously addictive, be aware. I have no idea if it’s the mix of texture or the mix of flavors that makes it so irresistible. It’s a terribly simple recipe too, also done under 20 minutes. If you already know vodka sauce you know it’s a pinky cream sauce colored by some tomatoes, usually a tomato paste, but this version I’ve simply used a few fresh cherry tomatoes. It’s called vodka sauce but really there isn’t much vodka in it and obviously it doesn’t really taste like it at all. The vodka here is used mainly as a stabilizer to the acidity of the tomato and the cream which would be impossible to mix without some type of alcohol in the sauce. The vodka could also be substitute by a white wine.…

German Cabbage Roll also called Krautstrudel in German is a crunchy filo dough rolled up around braised cabbage and bacons bits, served with a simple horseradish-dill sauce! When you think of Strudel, you probably automatically picture a sweet apple strudel. Am I right? Well in Central Europe they make some great savoury ones too! You can find some pumpkin, spinach, sauerkraut and more strudel types here and there. This German Cabbage Roll is a simple braised cabbage and smoked bacon bits, served with a delicious homemade horseradish-dill sauce. The Dough The original dough to cover Strudel is usually a thin and elastic puffy dough. Although, for this recipe, I’ve used stacked phyllo sheets with a light spray of olive oil in between the sheets. I like the flakiness of the phyllo, plus it contains way less butter than the flaky puff dough. The only thing with phyllo is to make sure you overlap the…

Ultra tender braised pork cheeks in wine sauce with shallots on a bed of mashed potatoes, a tasty tapa or main dish recipe coming straight from Spain. Braised pork cheeks in wine sauce is a delicate yet powerful dish although the meat is so tender and melts on your tongue the flavor is outstanding. I’ve encountered this dish on a tapas night out in San Sebastian, Spain. Lost in a dark corner of a little plaza, in a place called “La cuchara de San Telmo”, a divine place! It’s their star dish, they don’t even have to write it down on the menu board anymore.. since it’s so popular. It was served as tapas, which means a small portion. It was so good … we add to order a second time. This recipe is my take on this famous dish called Carrilleras de cerdo al vino tapa! Simply divine! Pork cheeks a treasure!…

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