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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 ...

Beef stew with red wine sauce with pressure cooker

Tis' the season for soup, fa lala lala la!This is my favorite part of the year, and I wished it lasted for 11 months. It has nothing to do with carols, shiny lights or gifts. It's all about the weather, crazy as that may sound to those living at the top and bottom of the ...

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 ...

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Before I became a vegan in my early 20s I was the perfect eater: I would eat anything - at least once. This included foods of questionable provenance and some very unorthodox meat cuts. It's fair to say that  prior to that I was a voracious meat-eater. I eventually quit my vegan adventure, but even ...

Potato, chicken and kale summer salad

For the last few weeks I have been repeating how mild this year's temperature have been. Sure half the world was plunked into one of the coldest winters of late, but for us living in the tropics that was such a nice respite from our usual curse: heat.I should have kept my mouth shut.The last ...

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 ...

Baked potato croquettes

I have long had this idea on my mind of writing a post about the process of  writing a post for our blog: "How the sausage is made", metaphorically speaking. From the outside it may seem like a simple process, but it is not. From concept to publishing it may be a few days, it may ...

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Quick, before the last strawberry is gone from the shelves!This delicious, and unusual dessert is made from the two crops for which the Constanza region is best known: strawberries and potatoes. The idea came after an email asking if I had any "gluten-free" recipes inspired me to make one that was entirely free of wheat. Gluten-free, ...

Tomatoes filled with cheesy mashed potatoes

I have mentioned it before, but we Dominicans are not big fans of potatoes. And I am fine with that. It's not that we don't enjoy the noble tuber, after all it is the main ingredient in our beloved Russian salad, and  a common ingredient in our soups, but as a side dish, potatoes lose badly ...

Mondongo (Tripe stew)

We once took a poll amongst our readers called "Mondongo: Yucky or Yummy?", which sparked in me some reflection. My money was on a landslide victory for the Yuckies. I admit it, I voted more than once, in order to better register my enormous dislike.The Yuckies lost. By a lot.For those innocently unaware, "mondongo" is ...

Lentil stew

Just as we do at home, we aim to keep the food in our blog balanced. This seems intentional, and to a certain point it is, but I've also noticed that over time I've unconsciously been avoiding repeating too many recipes of the same category.After posting a few rice, meat and other type of recipes ...

Healthier "Russian" potato salad

The good thing about this season's celebrations is that it spares no segment of our country. At least everyone celebrates New Year's Eve with a feast fitting their budget.But let's not forget those with alimentary restrictions, be them because of religious, ethical or health reasons. And especially for those looking for a light alternative to ...

Pig trotters stew (cocido de paticas)

Sometimes feedback is a strange thing.I was pretty sure that this was going to be one of those recipes that people take a look at, shrug and quickly forget. While cocido de paticas (Pig trotters stew) is a popular dish in the Dominican Republic (although not a common one, it takes time to prepare it, so it's only ...

Potatoes with Parsley and Paprika Sauce

Today is our last day in Denmark, tomorrow we start the long trip home, and even though I miss my country's food it is not less true that one of the reasons why I enjoy my visits to Denmark has to do with food. Good food.And I count Potatoes with Parsley and Paprika Sauce as one ...

Oven-fried potatoes

You say potatoes, I say pugh!I never quite liked potatoes... Give me a second, allow me to correct that: I always hated potatoes. I blame that in part to our culture; potatoes are hardly an important part of Dominican cuisine, they are mostly used as an ingredient in stews and soups. It doesn’t help much ...

Bacalao a la criolla (Codfish a la Dominicana)

Salted codfish is known as a food in most of the Caribbean, probably brought by sailors who used this method of  preservation to transport fish from across the ocean, making it popular across the Caribbean islands.Back in the days when the Catholic church mandated its followers to abstain from meat on Fridays this dish was ...

Ensalada rusa (“Russian” potato salad)

A Russian salad in a Dominican blog?Why yes! Practically every country on earth has a version of potato salad, and many call also call theirs "Russian salad", but did you know where Russian salad originated? I bet you won't guess in a million years.Well, what do you know, it did come from Russia after all!The ...

Judías con chorizo (Beans and chorizo)

No wonder Columbus risked life and limb in a dangerous adventure in his pursuit of spices. Our lives would be duller without them, and for enthusiastic food-lovers nothing warms the cockles of our heart like a well-spiced dish.In the chapter The Great Chilli Migrations of her book Spices Manisha Gambhir tells us the story of how chili left America ...

Caldo de gallina vieja o pollo (Old hen / chicken soup)

You know what you’re making for supper. You stopped at the grocery store on your way home from work and picked up the necessary ingredients. You’ve diced your onion, your oil is a-heating. OK. Recipe calls for one sopita (a chicken broth cube). One sopita, one sopita… where in Julia Child’s name is the sopita???You’re ...

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 ...

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As we all know, a new age of airport security is upon us, as we adjust to the various new stringent measures in place: profiling, nosy questions, long line-ups, and the meat & veggie frisks. The meat & veggie frisks, you ask? Yes, it’s true! 600 kilos of meat are confiscated weekly at DR airports, ...

Sopa boba (Lame soup)

It has sometimes struck me that for a country with a very hot and humid climate, there is very little about Dominican food that is light and refreshing.There are a couple of light salad dishes on the daily Dominican menu, but for most people the preferred salad is the more stodgy Ensalada Rusa, which especially if ...