Spanish nougat mousse, Mousse de turrón, Mama ía

Spanish Nougat Mousse, Mousse de Turrón —or the Spanish habit of conservation

Spanish nougat mousse, Mousse de Turrón, Mama ÍaIt happens every year around Christmas time: I buy too much turrón, Spanish nougat. And every year I tell myself that next year I won’t buy as much, but invariably, I do it again. Not that I don’t buy many other Christmas sweets, and make them, too, of course. But turrón is closest to my heart. I talked about Christmas nostalgia in other (more…)

Piquillo pepper and chickpea soup with rice, Mama ía

Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Rice —eating light after Christmas

Piquillo pepper and chickpea soup with rice, Mama íaToday is the day that marks the end of Christmas in North America, at least for Christians: it is the feast of the Epiphany, when we celebrate the adoration of the Three Kings, the Three Wise Men, to baby Jesus at Bethlehem (click on this link, to read or hear a children’s story I wrote for Highlights for Children magazine a few years ago, where (more…)

Pork tenderloin with chestnut sherry sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Chestnut and Sherry Sauce

Pork tenderloin with chestnut sherry sauceWhat a beautiful time of the year this is —and this week in particular, a week of anticipation, of preparations, for the big day on Christmas, if you celebrate it. The music in the stores, and in many radio stations, puts me in a happy mood, in an expectant mood. Maybe you’re traveling to see family. Maybe relatives are coming to spend some time with you. Or your (more…)

Chocolate medallions, Mama ía

Chocolate Medallions —and the Nostalgia of Christmas

Chocolate medallions, Mama íaIf you’re not a baker, or even think you’re not, this is the Christmas dessert for you to make. Medallas de chocolate, chocolate medallions, with a few toppings, will be the talk of the party (don’t they look beautiful?) Nobody will know that they are so easy to make. It only requires some organization, and very few baking skills. In fact, (more…)

Candied pumpkin fiber almond turnovers, Mama Ía

Pastelitos de Cabello de Angel, Candied Pumpkin Fiber Almond Turnovers

Candied pumpkin fiber almond turnovers, Mama ÍaThanksgiving is two days away and I haven’t seen it coming. Blame it on the warm weather, or on recent travels, or on the busyness of life. Blame it on the elections, still fresh. Thanksgiving is in two days, and I had better get ready.

We have this tradition, my friend Shelby and I, where we take turns hosting Thanksgiving. Her house or my house, (more…)

Cod in salsa verde, Mama ía

Cod in Salsa Verde, and Valencia’s Ciutat Vella

Cod in salsa verde, Mama íaIt is the season, I know, for pumpkins and squashes, for persimmons and stews, and soups, of course. It is autumn, after all. And yet, I’m thinking fish, and had to make bacalao en salsa verde, cod in salsa verde, green sauce —cod, as you know, is one of my favorite kinds of fish. When I’m in Spain, I buy it in salt, then soak it for hours, changing (more…)

Apple ring fritters, Mama ía

Apple Ring Fritters —and Celebrating Johnny Appleseed

Apple ring fritters, Mama íaAn apple recipe, finally. I was resisting it, not really wanting it to be autumn. But autumn is here, and I’m welcoming it now with open arms. It’s not that I dislike autumn, not at all. It’s the anticipation of winter that I dread, and the longing for summer. But I’ve made peace with it, and celebrate with these buñuelos de manzana, apple ring fritters.

Of all the Fort Wayne festivals, the (more…)

Tomato basil soup, Mama ía

Tomato Basil Soup —easing into Autumn

Tomato basil soup, Mama íaEarly October, and the fields are beginning to show it. Colors have started to turn from green to shades of yellow and golden brown, leaves are drying, and corn stalks look as if ready to crumble under the hands of a giant. And yet, we have been enjoying summer temperatures. I’m not kidding you! This week we’ve been enjoying (more…)

Fresh white anchovies in vinegar, Mama ía

Fresh White Anchovies in Vinegar, Boquerones en Vinagre

Fresh white anchovies in vinegar, Mama íaI have to warn you about this post: if fish is not your thing, particularly the way it comes out of the sea, then stop right here. Don’t keep reading. Don’t scroll down. The images might hurt your sensibility.

I once had a colleague, my counterpart in England (in a previous “life” I used to work in Madrid for a British (more…)

Blanco y negro, Mama ía

Blanco y Negro, Espresso Granita with Sweet Cream Ice Cream

Blanco y negro, Mama íaI don’t know about you, but I am finding it hard to focus on autumn recipes, fall products and produce. Today I did my first trip to the pumpkin farm. It was supposed to be my only trip to the pumpkin farm this season, but as it turned out, today was my first of at least two. See, the farm was still closed to the public! I should have been surprised, (more…)