Vegetarian

Empanaditas dulces (Fruit jam turnovers)

You would think that because I post recipes for desserts so frequently it must mean that I have a sweet tooth. The answer to that is yes... and no. Not to confuse you or anything (I'll let my grammar do that), but the truth is, savory is my thing. Sure, I do love a good dessert -- ...

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

The best part of keeping this blog, and having it become the de facto digital Dominican kitchen, is that we get to show you recipes that may not longer be as popular in the Dominican homes, but that definitely deserve a revival. They deserve to be shown to the world, and adopted for the wonderful ...

Celeriac, spinach and cheese casserole

My hate of summer is abundantly documented in our blog. OK, hate might be too strong a word, dislike is more like it. I don't function well in the sweltering heat and humidity we are subjected to for a couple of months in my corner of the world, and I spend all summers  making up dishes ...

Vegan pumpkin eggnog

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 ...

Kale, spinach and sweet corn savory cornbread

Have I told you about my newest obsession? No? Well, since you insist... For the last few months a group of friends and I meet in our terrace to do "power yoga" with a friend trainer. This is not my first time, nor is it for the other participants, but in my case the last time I ...

Moroccan vegan chickpeas

Speaking strictly about food, we could have done much worse than to be colonized by the Spanish. Spain has one of Europe's richest culinary traditions, a richness that was in no small measure influenced by the "Moorish" occupation of the peninsula from 710 to 1491 AD, a whopping 782 years. Over 200 years longer than "European ...

Arepa (Dominican cornmeal and coconut cake)

Dominican arepa is a cornmeal and coconut cake, traditionally prepared in an iron pot on top of red-hot coal. A metal lid is placed on the pot, then more coal is put on the lid. This led to the expression "como la arepa: fuego por arriba y fuego por abajo" (like an arepa, fire underneath, fire ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them. The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn't mean that they aren't full of flavor, after ...

Spiced wild rice mix with cauliflower

We Dominicans love rice. It's no wonder that we hear "it's not lunch without rice" all the time. The sad thing is that we always stick to the same kind of rice. The long-grain rice that is used in traditional Dominican cooking is one of about 40,000 varieties of the grain. You read right, 40,000! What I ...

Peanut and fruit bar

Sometimes I crave something sweet when out and about. Unfortunately there aren't many good choices on the supermarket aisles - not every energy or granola bar is the same. I'm always looking for good alternatives, preferably homemade, because the commercial ones are either cloyingly sweet, or taste like sawdust. I love nuts (hey, you are what ...

Caramelized onion tart

Let me tell you a story of friendship and the internet, while we share a slice of this rustic caramelized onion tart with cheese crust. For the story of how I came to share it with you has more to do with the internet than you can imagine. Back in the early 90s I got connected ...

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I'm sitting in one of the many waiting rooms in which modern humans waste a considerable amount of their lives. A worn-out National Geographic I found there keeps me company. I wonder what kind of germs reside between its pages, but I soon push the thought aside, as other things occupy my mind: How much longer ...

Potato, zucchini and cheese tortilla

This week we were hit by a tropical storm. Luckily, besides having been rained in and on for four days, nothing else happened. The good side of it is that the temperature dropped low enough that I could use my oven without the whole place feeling like midday in the Sahara. Another side effect of heavy rains ...

Papaya and tofu salad

To those of us who love playing with food, when life gives us lemons we make pies, cakes, and yes, lemonade. And when we pick a papaya that looks like a prizewinner to make the world's best batida de lechoza, and it turns out to be a disappointment, well, we make tofu and papaya salad. Papaya ...

Watermelon summer salad

We change our eating habits significantly during the summer. That's what happens when you live in the tropics. I am always looking for cooling dishes and dishes that don't require long cooking. We loved this watermelon summer salad. I served it for dunch the other day and we practically licked the bowl clean. - "Wait... 'dunch?!'" Dunch ...

Sangria, mojito and piña colada popsicles

I am back home, can you tell? I complained for weeks about the cold weather, and now I am home complaining about the heat and humidity.  So I turned to our beloved paletas to combat the heat, this time inspired by famous drinks from 3 of my favorite countries. Wouldn't you love some sangria, mojito and piña ...

Vegan "meatballs" with spicy eggplants dip

If you are a meat lover, please dont tune out yet. Just because you love your meat doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a good, clean, vegan dish. Sometimes, even the sturdiest of systems needs a reset. And for those occasions, or to serve to your vegetarian and vegan friends, I have just the dish: Vegan ...

Dominican style-farina - cream of wheat

It's hard to believe, but this recipe for Dominican-style cream of wheat is one of the most searched for in our blog. At least I find it quite surprising, after all it is a very simple dish that I thought most people could cook without a recipe. In the meantime, let me tell you of my ...

Cassava bread (casabe)

If you don't know what casabe (cassava bread) is, Aunt Ilana wrote a fantastic article that explains it all. You'd be well-served to read it. If you know what casabe is, you are probably asking yourself why I have to write a recipe for it. After all, Dominicans don't make casabe at home. We just walk ...

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I like my pasta dishes simple. A few ingredients, some olive oil, toss, serve. This cannelloni filled with ricotta and spinach are so easy to make, so filling, so rich that I wonder why I just don't make it more often. Mother's Day is coming (in the Dominican Republic it's the last Sunday of May), so if ...

Sugar and flour-free oatmeal and nuts breakfast muffins

I must tell you that my daughter and I have a bit of an obsession with these oatmeal and nut breakfast muffins. It's never too early to teach kids to love good, healthy food, and to instill in them the love for cooking. With some assistance (with the oven part) my 7-year old was capable of ...

Vegan sancocho (root stew)

Do you know what a sancocho is? If so, I know what you're thinking: "if it's vegan, then it isn't sancocho". After all the recipe in our blog is called a "seven meat-stew". You can hardly get any more carnivorous than that, short of chasing and killing your own prey. I love sancocho, but I'm not ...

Chickpea and zucchini blossom salad

I loved this chickpea and zucchini blossom salad. Few of these are ingredients traditionally used in traditional Dominican cuisine, but you know what I love the most about it? I grew almost everything that went into it. Yep, I did. Nothing tastes as good as freshly-picked vegetables that you grow yourself. I have been obsessed with growing ...

Brown rice pilaf

I am not sure what changes as one grows older. Slowly our taste in foods change, and things that we would have considered "gross" or that we didn't like as kids slowly become acceptable foods, enjoyable even. I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love pasta, or one who enjoys eggplants. Likewise, I have ...

Couscous and dry tomatoes tabouleh

We Dominicans  love rice, looove it! Some even feel like a lunch isn't complete without a serving of the grain. Corn and bulgur make an appearance in our cuisine as rice substitutes. But those are not dishes that are served frequently. I have to be honest, I love rice, but it would bore me to tears ...

Cream of asparagus soup

We all have talents. Big talents, and minor ones. One of my minor talents is the ability to remember what foods my friends and relatives don't like or are allergic to, once they have been my guests. As minor talents go, this comes in pretty handy if you don't want to end your dinners with unhappy ...

Spaghetti, tomato and 3-cheese pie

Did you hear that Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic? No? OK, good, let me brag about it. Baseball is the sport in the Dominican Republic. Not to say that other sports are not played and followed; they are. Basketball, volleybal and others have good following and loyal fanatics, but baseball rules king. As a comparison, ...

Spiced lentils with carrots and purple potatoes

Wanna hear what I did this weekend? I worked 16 hours a day for 3 days, I squeezed the work of a week in those hours. It doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, I loved it. If you do what you love for a living, you'll be on vacation all your life. I ...

Whole-wheat pasta with creamy textured soy sauce

My dad is a inveterate practical joker. With him, life was always an adventure. One day he showed up at home with what looked to be dog food. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had been trying to trick us into eating dog food, but the label was clear: "soy meat" . "What's that?" You'd think ...

Brown rice and garden vegetables pottage

For today I had a rich dish that included a cup of butter in its preparation. There was a change of plans. The night I was supposed to go in the kitchen to make this dish I woke up at 3AM with a dull pain in my stomach. Don't worry, nothing more serious than an upset ...

Avocado vegan mayo

Ever since this site was started I have been posting vegetarian and vegan recipes, including a pretty decent vegan version of our sancocho (which was lost in the moving process but I am planning to revisit it). There is a reason for this recipe for avocado vegan mayo being here: For more of half my life ...

Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato cake) for ...

Cream of roasted carrots

I love soups. There is something comforting, soothing, heart-warming in a bowl of warm soup. Frankly, few foods have this effect on me. When I am sad, down, when life seems to be going in the wrong direction, I drown my sorrows in a bowl of soup. When I don't feel well, when my body resents the ...