About Natacha Sanz Caballero

http://www.natachasanzcaballero.com

Writer, mother, cook, photographer and lover of all things Spain. In a previous life I was a pharmacist, and in my dreams I play piano, write novels and travel in time to all periods of Spain's history, where I gather all the recipes cooked by my ancestors and invite them for a timeless feast. The gathering will be in Spain, of course, even though Indiana has been my home for the last —many years.

Posts by Natacha Sanz Caballero:

Calamari and bean salad, Mama Ía blog

Calamari and Bean Salad —and a hike on Sierra de Irta

Calamari and bean salad, Mama Ía blogI am very glad the weather is still decent and we are going to have a very nice weekend, because I’m not ready to let go of summer. I’m harvesting the very last of my vegetables, and dreaming of all the fish and seafood I ate while in Spain and Portugal this summer. So before I start thinking and cooking fall recipes, allow me one last one, which (more…)

Crispy battered zucchini, Mama ía blog

Crispy Battered Zucchini, from a home vegetable garden

Crispy battered zucchini, Mama ía blogSo many zucchinis! When I planted my vegetable garden back in the spring, I didn’t realize I would get such a generous bounty. My friends Cort and Kathleen share the produce from their amazing garden as well, so I’ve ended up with quite a few of them! All the better, since crispy battered zucchini are a hit with my family.

I didn’t realize either, when I dug the holes for the seedlings, how (more…)

Lobster stock, Mama ía blog

Lobster Stock, and a Grand Birthday Party

Lobster stock, Mama ía blogSome days I fantasize about my sister Susana and brother-in-law Jaime’s arroz con bogavante, soupy lobster rice. It usually happens around this time of year, after I’ve come back from my summer in Spain, while their vacation is only starting. The photos they send of their fun times at the beach, or the meals they enjoy, make me hunger for more. I followed Susana’s (more…)

Moorish soup, Mama ía blog

Moorish Soup with Tostones, and a Ladies Lunch

Moorish soup, Mama ía blogI don’t know why I don’t make this soup, sopa mora con tostones, Moorish soup with tostones, more often. I grew up eating it very often, as my mom made it regularly. It’s probably the healthiest soup, or as we call it in Spanish, puré (for a soup where all the ingredients are blended). It incorporates a wide variety of vegetables, some spices, and extra virgin (more…)

Lavender lemonade, Mama ía blog

Lavender Lemonade, and the Vegetable Garden

Lavender lemonade, Mama ía blogWith the higher temperatures, which seem to have come now to stay, lemonade is my drink of choice. I like to make mine, because I can control the amount of sugar I add. And I particularly like lavender lemonade, because lavender is one of my favorite aromas, and I like lemon on just about everything, so putting the two together seems very logical to me. The lavender (more…)

Roasted red pepper, eggplant, cod salad, Mama ía blog

Roasted Red Pepper, Eggplant and Cod —or Esgarraet

Roasted red pepper, eggplant, cod salad, Mama ía blogI don’t know in which category exactly to place esgarraet, salads or appetizers/tapas. Esgarraet is a dish typical of the Valencian community, and very often it is served as a tapa, on top of a slice of crusty bread, or grilled or toasted bread. It consists of roasted red peppers, salt cod, garlic and olive oil, and in some areas of (more…)

Strawberry sponge cake with strawberry frosting, Mama ía blog

Strawberry Sponge Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Frosting, for Mother’s Day

Strawberry sponge cake with strawberry cream frosting, Mama ía blogIf you subscribe to this blog, or follow it regularly, you’ve noticed it has taken me a few extra days to post. I have not been procrastinating! In fact, this is the third recipe that I cooked and photographed for this week’s post. I kept changing my mind about it, and suddenly, I realized this Sunday is Mother’s Day in Spain, and I will (more…)

Arroz a la cubana, rice cuban style, Mama ía blog

Rice Cuban Style… the Spanish way —and Miami

Arroz a la cubana, rice cuban style, Mama ía blog

It has taken me a number of years to convince Dave to spend a vacation in Miami. I would say at least a decade. The humidity, and the heat —I couldn’t stand it, he’d say. I’ve been wanting to visit it not only for the sites, the beaches or the Latin culture, but mostly because part of my family lives there, my dear aunt Isa, my uncle Orlando and their children, my cousins, with whom (more…)