seafood

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 ...

Seafood black rice

This stunning Spanish seafood black rice is one of my favorite dishes. For a seafood lover such as myself, it's just perfect: jam-packed with seafood and strong ocean flavors. It speaks of summer and lazy days to me. As soon as the days started warming up I was back to my old love.And speaking of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lambí guisado (Stewed conch)

Every culture's cuisine has dishes that are supposed to have aphrodisiac properties. These dishes range from the harmless to the clearly bizarre. Luckily the dishes in our cuisine alleged to help one's amorous skills are a pleasure to eat just for the sake of delicious foods.This is one of those dishes.Other Dominican dishes in this ...

Camarones al ajillo (Garlic shrimps)

This is a dish that reminds me of trips to faraway coastal towns, restaurants overlooking the beach and lazy afternoons.It reminds me of inexpensive but surprisingly satisfying meals. Of cold beers and cool breezes blowing across my sand-covered bare feet.Some of the good things in life need not be complicated. This is one of those things.Few ingredients ...

Camarones guisados (Stewed shrimp)

Visitors who come to the Dominican Republic, especially those who come for a 'holiday in the sun' often arrive equipped with little background information about the country, its history and its culture.North Americans and Europeans, who make up the majority of these tourists, will have had exposure to Mexican cooking as their only example of ...

Locrio de camarones (Rice and shrimps)

This weekend a friend and I visited Santo Domingo's Chinatown, an uptown section of Santo Domingo that Chinese immigrants (recent and old) have made their home. Some of the ones we met didn't yet speak any Spanish, some spoke Spanish with a heavy accent.We met two of them that were listening to, and enjoying, merengue ...

Creamy Crab with Coconut Soup

Maybe some day I'll tell you the story of my crab hunting adventure with my brother and a bunch of friends when we were kids that went terribly wrong and ended with us being yelled at by my very angry mom, and a chicken having a breakdown over a runaway crab. Or maybe not.In the ...

Asopao de mariscos (Seafood and rice pottage)

We're not quite half-way through 2004 yet, but now is as good a time as any to sit back and reflect on whether the good intentions expressed at the beginning of the year have turned into reality. In my case, all the resolutions from back in January, were motivated by economic, health and environmental or ethical concerns, ...

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 ...