Tocino (salted meat)spon-post

And I am back!

After nearly three weeks of practicing the art of barajar (doing nothing), I don’t really feel relaxed as much as I feel just… lazy. I could get used to this. I cooked a lot, tried a few new recipes (that I will share with you in the future), and spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my daughter.

And speaking of daughters, this tocino de chivo (salted goat meat) is a recipe that has been passed in my family all the way from my great-grandmother.

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Potato with yogurt dressing and happy New Year!

If you’ve been paying any attention — and frankly, why would you? — you’ll have noticed that I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging and social media. I want to reassure my many (as many as two) fans that I’m not going anywhere. I just needed a break.

I haven’t taken a real vacation in a long, long time. Even when I’m supposedly on vacation I work. The change of scenery sure makes it easy, but I’m never away, never really disconnected. Since my daughter has been on school break I’ve gone AWOL from work. The holiday rush was over, clients’ work was done, billed, and I found myself completely drained of energy. Time to recharge. Time to make a little girl happy.

But I couldn’t pass the occasion to come back to wish you our dear readers a very happy New Year!

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Guava, ricotta and vanilla cheese tart

One thing I am very proud of our country is the devotion Dominicans have for their traditional cuisine. No matter our economic status, comfort food is always Dominican food to us.

But Dominicans are opening their palate to new things, and the internet has played a part in it. When we started this project of writing about food and life in the Dominican Republic there few to none other Dominican websites dedicated to food. This has changed, and there are many excellent Dominican culinary blogs out there.

And Dominicans don’t only visit Dominican blogs and websites, there is a wealth of recipes out there. Never has it been easier to access great recipes for free. Isn’t the internet beautiful?

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Vegan pumpkin eggnog

Vegan pumpkin eggnogspon-post

So I have an obsession with veganizing (is that a real word?) traditional recipes. I have gone through a few now, and they are always well-received amongst my vegan readers. Of course I love them myself, as I prefer to eat as close to vegetarian as I can, with the occasional indulgence.

For very loose definitions of “occasional”, that is.

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Spiced winter coffee

Spiced winter coffeespon-post

If there is any clear division in the world it has to be between tea and coffee drinkers. The (feigned) animosity between the two groups is stronger than between any two political parties, sport teams and neighboring countries.

I have my feet firmly planted on the dividing line. Coffee is my first love, tea my refuge. After I had to cut on my coffee consumption a couple of years ago, I still have my morning coffee, it’s a habit more than a necessity.

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