This is how I like to start my day. So tasty, actually had one torta for breakfast and a few hours later, a mid-afternoon snack. Although, I must admit, I can’t entirely take credit for this scrumptious creation. I’ve had a torta of the likes at Xoco in Chicago, which I’ve enjoyed on numerous occasions. Sadly, no longer … Continue Reading

So excited to see asparagus and spring onions again — welcome back. Especially love the skinny, spindly, tender asparagus stalks. Have already begun to compile a list of ideas for asparagus. First up, roasted vegetables with romesco sauce. In Spain (in the province of Tarragona in Catalonia to be exact) there is a popular gastronomical … Continue Reading

I love Sunday — a day to do whatever you like, no meetings, no conference calls, nothing scheduled, but a nice, long leisurely lunch for two. I got up, went for a run, walked to the farmers’ market, restocked on vegetables for the week, and picked up a yellowtail snapper on my way home. Am … Continue Reading

Aioli is a traditional Provencal sauce; essentially a garlicky mayonnaise. Make it once and you’ll never revert to bland store-bought mayo again. All you need are a few ingredients, typically extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon, egg (I like to add a bit of hot smoked paprika), and some muscle power — no preservatives, artificial … Continue Reading

Woke up around 6:30 a.m. this Wednesday morning, December 2, 2010, and was inspired to whip up a batch of pickled chipotles (courtesy of Rick Bayless). Isn’t this what everybody does when they wake up in the morning? This condiment is made with morita chile peppers, which are smoke-dried jalapenos, and has a nice balance of … Continue Reading