Red Snapper in Salt Crust

Red Snapper in a Salt Crust with Rosemary Baked Potatoes, a New Taste for Christmas dinner

Red Snapper in Salt CrustTo many reading this post, the pictures might be a bit shocking. I’m sorry you had to wake up to a fish staring at you! This, for me, is nothing new, or should I say, would be nothing new if I were in Spain. Growing up on the Mediterranean, that’s the way I was used to seeing fish on a regular basis, whether straight out of the sea or (more…)

Roasted Pumpkin and Cumin Soup

Roasted Pumpkin and Cumin Soup


I might have mentioned before somewhere in the blog that I warmed up to soups later in life (I think it was on the lentil soup post). I don’t know exactly what the reason was, why I didn’t like soups very much. Maybe it was the fact that, living in a warm country, hot soups didn’t really appeal to me. I totally identified with (more…)

Turkey and Asparagus Tartlets

Turkey and Asparagus Tartlets, after Thanksgiving

Turkey and Asparagus Tartlets

Thanksgiving came and went, like every year —and just as fast as it does every year. Preparations for a big holiday always remind me of a climb up a mountain. You prepare, mentally and physically, you take your time, gather all you need, and start hiking. You keep looking up, the summit getting closer as you walk. The last few (more…)

Roasted beets with hazelnut picada and mashed potatoes with majado

Roasted Beets with Hazelnut Picada + Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil Majado


Only two more days until Thanksgiving, and planning is underway. You can feel it in the air, and see it on the streets, in the markets and supermarkets, busier than usual. For me, the planning depends on whether I’m hosting or I’m the guest, alternating roles that happen every second year. You see, for as long as I can remember —maybe almost as long as (more…)

Quince paste with Manchego cheese

Quince Paste with Manchego Cheese, a light appetizer, or dessert


I didn’t think I would be including the recipe for quince paste this early in the life of Mama Ía blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love quince paste, but I understand it might not be a dish my American friends would eat often, as it is the case in Spain. Quince paste is very popular in Spain, and it’s usually eaten with cured manchego cheese, or with fresh (more…)

Lentil Soup with Chorizo and Lentils

Lentil Soup with Chorizo and Bacon, comfort in a bowl

Lentil soup with chorizo and bacon, Mama ía

As a child, I thought lentil soup was okay. Just okay. In fact, I wasn’t a soup person, or a stew person. I didn’t like anything that had much broth in it. I much preferred dry rice dishes, like paella or arroz al horno, baked rice. And beans, in particular, weren’t my thing. I still remember my mom’s singsong, “Las lentejas tienen  mucho hierro. Y fibra”, lentils have so much iron, and fiber. And her lentil soup with chorizo and bacon not only had a lot of fiber and iron, but was full of flavor. (more…)

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, a Halloween by-product


Bonus post this week! I happened to have a bowl full of pumpkin seeds, the remnants —or better, the byproduct— of last week’s jack-o-lantern making. Another great aspect of Halloween, and one of my favorites! Don’t get me wrong, I like the carving, it is a fun family activity. There’s lots of laughter, alongside (more…)

Purple Potato Chips

Purple Potato Chips, and Memories from School Days

I have very good memories of my school. Which is interesting, because it contrasts with my sister Paula’s memories of the same school (I won’t elaborate, except to say that artists don’t fit easily in pre-made molds, and Paula was, and is, no exception!). Pureza de María was the name of the school, an all-girls school (more…)

Moroccan couscous of Fall Vegetables

Moroccan Couscous of Fall Vegetables

Moroccan Couscous of Fall Vegetables

When I set out to write this blog, my idea was to post the Spanish recipes I grew up with. Most of them are the traditional dishes cooked in the Valencian Community, or in Andalusia, the regions where my parents come from, and the dishes most made at my house. However, as I also mentioned (more…)