Middle East rice with lentils dish

Mejadra (rice and lentils) is a dish from the Levantine region that has traveled all over the world and has seen as many reinterpretations as possible, the most notable being the Hindu version of it (at least, that’s mho). In Mexico, I ate this dish whenever my parents would bring us to eat Lebanese food, a very common *ethnic* cuisine that is easily accessible in most of the territory, however the Israelian-ish version I ate at Magdalena was the best I´ve ever had, of course, their version is an upscale one of the New Arabic Cuisine, and my intentions when I cook at home is to keep things delicious but simple, so I mixed several Mejadra recipes I found here and there, and I came up with my own hybrid version.

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baked prune-apricot-speculoos

This baked dessert is a joy. A crowd’s pleaser with its soft, tender, almost confit summer fruit baked in its own juices, a bit of butter and sugar. Simple as that. Is also an ode to estival season: we’re on the peak of stone fruit production, so chances are you will get the juiciest, fragrantly prunes, apricots or whatever other stone fruit you choose, actually you can use n’importe quel fruit in season; such as figs, raspberries or mulberries to mention a few. If this intro is not good enough for you to turn on your oven, let me tell you it takes only five minutes to prep, a good hour to slowly bake (while you continue sipping some mocks & cocktails by the pool), and finally five more minutes to dress up and serve to table.

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strawberry and basil confiture

Strawberry season in France is a thing, you know? And is a short one since it last only from (usually late) Spring to Summer. I started to spot cagettes with fresas de España in markets and supermarkets about late March, but it was just about these last weeks that we saw Gariguette strawberries from Carpentras, a french variety that, next to Mara de Bois,  are acclaimed as the favorites of frenchies. It was until then that the husband  and I got the idea to jam them.

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In January,  along 4 talented Spanish speaking food bloggers: Bren, Txaber, Clara and Layla, I traveled to Israel to discover the culinary roots, trends and scene of this young #startupnation. Cocooned by NGO VibeIsrael we attended an amazing array of food-ie related events, from (obviously) countless breakfasts, lunches, dinners; to cooking classes, wine and spirits tasting, bar hopping, and even a geek session with Israeli creatives and entrepreneurs working in the fields of food and internet.

One favorite  activity amongst my  Latino and Spanish blogger friends during our #VibeComida tour was with no doubt the visits to food markets. We wandered around the beautiful Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem (more on that in another post), the small but super cute sort-of wet market in Akko, and Levinsky market in Tel Aviv. I loved each one of them for different reasons, but Lewinksy stop was special, probably because all those surrounding Bauhaus/International style architecture,  but most certainly for the company.

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salmon tacos with chipotle cream - coconut rice with spices and plantains

We’re approaching Lent and with it many families that  follow this religious tradition have to adapt their  daily eating lifestyles to a Meatless meals starting with Clean Monday or Ash Wednesday (depending on the Christian beliefs), continuing every Friday until Easter. Regardless if you are a religious person or not, the idea of cutting down your meat ingestion sounds like a good, healthy one; so I thought to share some non-meaty meals ideas to help you prepare ahead your  Cuaresma (Lent) menus, or just for when you are done with heavy meals and need something kinder to your belly.

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