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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…

This authentic Sangria Española without added sugar contains some apple, peach and orange pieces, plus a little fizz, in the end, to make it extra festive! The word Sangria comes from the word “Sangre” which means blood, therefore a traditional sangria should be the colour of blood. Nowadays, there are tons of different variations of sangria out there, some made with white wine others sparkling wines and all kinds of fruits. However, the original version, the traditional Sangria Española, is and will always be the ultimate summer star! Sangria’s Origin Sangria’s origin is not clear, some say it was a way to upgrade the lowest grad wines from Southern Spain by adding fruits (sugars) which would help balance the sharpness. Others say, it was an invention of British sailors, bringing along with them some Spanish wine to the Caribbeans and mixing it up with rum and fruits. Truth be told,…

Beef bourguignon or is French people favorite beef stew made out of a lot of red wine, bacon bits, mushrooms, carrots, onions and aromatics. This version comes with a twist; it is Served on pasta instead of potatoes, Because why not? Beef Bourguignon pasta or on spaghetti is a “mashup” dish between France beloved ‘Boeuf Bourguignon’ which is served with potatoes and Italian Ragu pasta. I like potatoes… but my husband not so much… so he always ask me to make his boeuf bourguignon on pasta. I have to agree with him on this; with pasta and a little extra parmesan, it’s gives the dish a whole new dimension. Plus, the pasta soak up all the goodness from the stew better than potatoes. Boeuf Bourguignon on pasta But either ways, the base of the recipe stays the same; braised beef cubes in a dutch oven cooked slowly in a red…

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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