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:

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…)

Chocolate orange mousse, Mama ía blog

Chocolate and Orange Mousse —and oranges from El Taroncheral

Chocolate and orange mousse, Mama ía blogAs mother’s day approached, and I was thinking more of my mom, and how we’ve been separated by an ocean for the past 22 years, many memories of when she was the mom and I was just a daughter danced through my head. Many of those memories involved oranges, and orange trees, and an orange orchard where (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…)

Oven baked eggplant, Mama Ía blog

Oven Baked Eggplant with Pimentón, one of two sibling sides

Oven baked eggplant, Mama Ía blogI have a section in the Mama Ía blog called IDIOSYNCRASIES (click here). It is there that I talk about certain aspects of Spanish life and culture that are different from those of the United States, and that somehow have caught my attention. Some of those aspects merit a whole section or post about them, like the way we celebrate Holy Week (more…)

Plum blackberry crumble pie, Mama ía blog

Plum and Blackberry Crumble Pie, ahead of Spring break

Plum blackberry crumble pie, Mama ía blogThe farmers markets haven’t opened in Fort Wayne, and yet, I can find almost every fruit that I can think of at the store. They are obviously not local, but I’m having a hard time staying away from them. And plums have a sweet spot in my heart (check this post, where I explain it in more detail), so I couldn’t help but get some. I was thinking (more…)

Soupy seafood rice, Mama ía blog

Soupy Seafood Rice, and thinking of Las Fallas

Soupy seafood rice, Mama ía blog

If you subscribe to Mama Ía blog, or if you’ve been following it, by now you’re probably familiar with Spain’s dry rice dishes, like paella in all it’s varieties, or arroz al horno (click here and here and here). But there’s a different category of rice dish in Spain, which is not as familiar outside of the country as paella is. In Spanish we call it (more…)

Apple tart, Mama ía blog

Apple Tart, and Rafael Guastavino

Apple tart, Mama ía blogI am mesmerized by the person of Rafael Guastavino, and I’ve been wanting to write about him for a while. This apple tart made me think of him.

Rafael Guastavino Moreno was a Valencian architect that lived between the 19th and 20th century, and whom, upon his death, the Herald Tribune baptized as “New York’s Architect”, a testament to the more than (more…)

Oven baked tilapia over potatoes and onions, Mama ía

Oven Baked Tilapia Over Potatoes, a Quick One Pot Dinner

Oven baked tilapia over potatoes and onions, Mama íaIf I were in Spain, this dish would be made with hake. But you know the chances of me finding hake in the Midwest are zero, zip. And yet, as always, I can’t go without enjoying the dish. Filetes de merluza al horno con patatas becomes oven baked tilapia over potatoes. It is a very tasty dish, and yet, easy and relatively quick to make, which makes it (more…)

Arroz al horno, hearty baked rice, Mama ía

Arroz al Horno, Hearty Baked Rice —Valencian comfort food

Arroz al horno, hearty baked rice, Mama íaMy son Matthew was home this weekend. This is always an event, because even though he’s only two hours away from us, he doesn’t come home all that often. In fact, we hadn’t seen him since the Christmas break. So whenever he comes home, we make it a celebration. This weekend in particular, we attended a concert, and spent time together, even if some of that time was him doing (more…)