fish

Sancocho de mariscos (seafood stew)

Did you know that some of the recipes I post have been weeks or even months in the making? This is one of them. Sometimes I go through periods where I would cook up a storm, and create and test several recipes at the same time. They sit there until I have the time to post ...

Arenque con huevos (Herrings and eggs)

Since the dawn of time, people have associated certain foods, fruit and vegetables with sex. The ancient Greeks and Romans who were famous for their bacchanals and orgies even had treatises and writings about the effects of various foods on their libidos. Some of these beliefs, whether true or not, endure to this day. There is ...

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If you've been around for a while you may have noticed that my versions of traditional recipes, like this one for locrio de pica-pica (Dominican rice and spicy sardines),  are often modified to make them healthier, and sometimes some extra vegetables are included. There is a reason for that: I write the recipes the same way ...

Chickpea and codfish salad

Have you ever thought what the exact definition of "salad" is? Salads are the most versatile of foods. Practically any cold (?) dish with a raw ingredient seem to qualify for the title. It is this flexibility that makes it the best part of meals for me. Or, like in this case, it makes it the ...

Albondigas de pescado (Fish balls)

Summer, summer, summer! It's everywhere. It's "summer this", and "summer that". Girls in bikinis, over-tanned idiots and kids playing with garden hoses. Will the cliches never end? But I'm going to let you in on a little dirty secret: summer is my least favorite part of the year. If you don't understand why I just don't feel as ...

Bacalaitos (Codfish fritters)

Sometimes the day finishes and I look back and ask myself "where did the hours go?". It suddenly seems as if I got hit on the head and could not account for all the hours in my day. Then I wish my days had at least 12 more hours. I am sure I am not the ...

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Smoked herrings is one of those ingredients that, although arrived from faraway lands, seems to be an essential part of our cuisine. It's funny that in the area of the world where it should be best-known I have never found anyone that actually knew it. As fish is my basic source of protein - since I ...

Pescado guisado (Escovitched fish)

In many ways Aunt Ilana and I are very much alike. We both love food and words, the perfect combination for a couple of food bloggers. One way in which we could not be more different is on our opinion of fish as a food. While Aunt Ilana detests fish, I could have it for breakfast, ...

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Now and then you come across food snobs who make a distinction between 'haute cuisine' delicacies and what they consider to be comida de pobre, inferior foods. This is usually connected to social class and custom, and almost always with economic necessity. As time goes by many of these distinctions have become blurred. Dominicans have ...

Pescado Frito (Fried Fish a la Dominicana)

Am I the only one for whom Pescado Frito (Fried Fish a la Dominicana) is synonym with Boca Chica? If you don't know, Boca Chica is one of the closest beaches to Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. With white sand and  shallow deep turquoise waters, Boca Chica is the kind of beach we see in Caribbean postcards; ...

Sopa de Pescado (Fish Soup)

I spent the summer in Europe where, like north America, the media is currently obsessed with childhood obesity and the increase in the girth of the population as a whole. The Dominican press has also been focusing on this issue, acknowledging that in this particular society we have the dubious honour of exhibiting both sides ...

Pescado con coco (Fish in coconut sauce). A decadent dish evocative of lazy days on white sand beaches

When you try Pescado con Coco (Fish in Coconut Sauce) for the first time you can't help but wonder just how bad it is for you, after all, something that tastes this decadent, that is so evocative of lazy days on white sand beaches, mid-day siestas, and exotic cocktails at sundown has to be terribly bad ...