Piquillo pepper and eggplant toasts, Mama ía

Piquillo Pepper and Eggplant Toasts —and hiking to Santa Lucía in Alcocebre, Spain

Piquillo pepper and eggplant toasts, Mama íaI’m writing this as I’ve just sat down, trying to catch my breath after the hike to la ermita de Santa Lucía, Saint Lucia chapel in Alcocebre, Spain. The breathlessness is real, as the hike is a steep one, trying to navigate rocks, some of them part of a glacier plateau, and bushes of wild rosemary and the many other varieties of wild herbs and low Mediterranean pine trees (more…)

Lemon ice cream, Mama ía

Lemon Ice Cream, The Most Refreshing Taste of Summer

Lemon Ice Cream, Mama íaIf there’s a dessert that prominently features in our menu during our summers in Spain, it is my sister Susana’s lemon ice cream. She makes an amazing one, everyone’s favorite, and for the most part, with lemons from the property. I’ve talked about El Taroncheral before (click here), the place that probably holds (more…)

Patatas bravas, Mama ía

Patatas Bravas, on Every Tapas Menu

Patatas Bravas, Mama íaThis post is for my older sons. In honor of them, yes, of course. But more than that, to quiet their disappointment. You see, I have been posting on Mama Ía blog for months, the food of Spain, but also the dishes I’ve been cooking in America for years, the Spanish way. Yet for my sons, cooking Spanish is cooking the traditional (more…)

Chococlate almond tart with blackberries, Mama ía

Chocolate Almond Tart with Blackberries —and Memories of a Gathering of Women

Chocolate almond tart with blackberries, Mama íaIt is said that the sense of smell is the most evocative of all senses, and this chocolate almond tart with blackberries made me think of it, not only because of the current aroma in my kitchen (I wish food blogs could be not only visual but carry the fragance of the dishes to their readers!), but because of what it (more…)

Sweet potato salad with sherry vinaigrette

Two Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad with Sherry Coriander Vinaigrette

Sweet potato salad with sherry dressing, Mama íaI am in a salad kind of mood these days. It must be the spring, which is still fighting to deserve its name, having just lived through a weekend of cold temperatures, wind and rain. I know it’s there, around the corner, and the anticipation of the opening of the outdoor farmers market on Barr Street in Fort Wayne keeps me hopeful.  (more…)

Spicy pork chops and asparagus with manchego

Spicy Pork Chops and Roasted Asparagus with Manchego, dinner in thirty minutes

Spicy pork chops and asparagus with manchegoWhen I moved to North America years ago, I had to get used to things that were done differently than in Spain or any other place I had lived in. One of them was schedules, or rather, the times when regular daily activities like meals were done. Lunch in Spain rarely happens before 2 PM, and dinner not before 9 PM, at the earliest. I’m not saying (more…)

White and dark chocolate cake w banner, Mama ía

White and Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake —and a jazz concert

White and dark chocolate cake w banner, Mama íaThis is the year of milestone birthdays at out house. We celebrated one in March, and now one in May —and it’s not the last one! But this one is very special and celebratory, particularly for my son David, who turns two digits. In fact, I think he has been celebrating for quite a while now. The big 1-0!

For the first of his celebrations, we visited  (more…)

kale and purple vegetable salad, Mama Ía

Kale and Purple Vegetable Salad —and a Robin’s Nest

kale and purple vegetable salad, Mama ÍaIt must be spring, and heading straight into summer, because I’m craving salad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t eat salad the rest of the year. In fact, we eat salad at home every day. What I mean is that I’m craving colorful, crunchy, large salads as the main dish. And that  kind of craving usually comes to me in
spring and summer. It must be (more…)

Pork tenderloin in the style of Córdoba, Mama ía

Pork Tenderloin in the Style of Cordoba —and Knoxville, Asheville and Charleston

Pork tenderloin cordoba, Mama ía

Going away for spring break is something relatively new for us. In Spain, we had Holy Week holidays, which coincided, of course, with Holy Week and Easter. Even living in the United States, when the children were younger they didn’t notice if we went away on a trip during spring break or not. In fact, it was nice staying in Fort Wayne: the (more…)

Torrijas de mona de Pascua, Mama Ía

Sugar and Cinnamon Baked Milk Sweet Bread, Oven Baked Torrijas de Mona de Pascua

Torrijas de mona de Pascua

If you read my previous post, with the recipe for Monas de Pascua, Easter Sweet Bread, you’ll remember I mentioned that the Easter sweet bread will last for a couple of days, pretty much like with any bread. And like it happens with bread that is not fresh, you’ll either have to toast it and eat it with jam and butter or your (more…)