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Sharing comfort-heart warming-delicious food! Made at home! | 🇻🇪🇪🇸 ¡Compartiendo delicias para el alma! ¡Hechas en casa!


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Homemade Peanut Butter / Mantequilla de Maní Casera

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I didn´t have peanut butter while growing up, but I did grow to love it once I tried it!! I also learned to appreciate it even more once I started running! Any runners out there who can relate to this? (Read about its benefits for runners here).

There are countless benefits for every one, just make sure you are not allergic to peanuts! Continue reading


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Corn Cake – Venezuelan Style! / Torta de Jojotos

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Remember that delicious Pumpkin Cake I shared with you on a previous post? Well, here is another spectacular cake from Don Armando Scannone´s red book “Mi Cocina”: Venezuelan Style Corn Cake.

It´s a gluten free cake made straight from corn kernels and it resembles the taste of cachapas. So you can easily have this cake for breakfast! Continue reading


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Happy Easter / Feliz Semana Santa

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A few lines to wish you a Happy Easter and offer you some recipes you might want to try during these days!

  1. Scrumptious Steamed Grouper

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Galician Style Octopus / Pulpo a la Gallega

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As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, I love Spanish cuisine and seafood. And Galician Style Octopus is one of my favorites tapas. It is absolutely delicious and it is hard to believe how easy it is to prepare it.

As with most seafood dishes, its preparation is quite simple and most of the taste comes from the octopus and so its freshness is very important.

Once again, I have turned to Don Armando Scannone´s books for guidance and not only did I learned how to cook the dish I also learned how to clean an Octopus! The very first time I ever cleaned an Octopus and I managed to do so following his advice! Thanks again Don Armando! Continue reading


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#TeaserPicTuesday Summary – February 2016 / Resumen de Avances de Febero 2016

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Hi there!

Here is a summary of the teasers I have been sharing in my other social media accounts in the last month.

See if you can guess the dish (before searching through my posts of course!) and let me know what you would have prepared with them. Continue reading


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#MotivationMonday Summary – February 2016 / Resumen de Frases Inspiradoras de Febrero 2016

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Hello everyone!

Here is a summary of the quotes I have shared through february in my other social media accounts.

Enjoy them! Continue reading


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Quiche Lorraine

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I love quiches and Quiche Lorraine is one of my favorites. Although it is part of French cuisine, my first encounter with this dish was in England and it was love at first sight.

In my opinion, it is incredibly versatile; I can have it anytime (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack) and warm or cold. It is a party favorite too! Especially when prepared in smaller individual portions. Continue reading


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The First Foods / Las Primeras Comidas

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I have been taking care of my two-year-old twins full time since they were born; and of course, I cook their meals. This is both daunting and satisfying at the same time and I am sure all parents out there can easily relate to this 🙂

Introducing solids can be terrifying, especially with your first born. Everyone wants the best for their children and the slightest hint of messing it up can keep you awake at night (as if you needed another reason!). Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Delia Smith/ Sigan la página de Delia Smith

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This is a long overdue #FollowFriday to the author of one of my first cookbooks! Delia Smith CBE has a special gift for detail with her recipes, from measurements to techniques used; there is just no room for doubts.

Her web page http://www.deliaonline.com/home is gorgeous and you can browse through 2,000 of her recipes! Continue reading


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Venezuelan Shredded Beef / Carne Mechada Venezolana

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This is a very popular and savory dish in Venezuela. Slowly cooked flank steak with amazing vegetables that will just melt in your mouth.

When served with boiled white rice, stewed black beans and fried plantains slices you get Venezuela´s national dish, called “Pabellón Criollo”. It is also used as a filling for arepas and empanadas.

Personally, I also have them with flour tortillas :); a Venezuelan taco you might say 😉

Once you have tasted it you will confirm how delicious and versatile this dish is, and you will be hooked! Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Vida Twin / Sigan la página de Vida Twin

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Hey guys!

This #FollowFriday is really especial for me. I am thrilled to present you my new blog:

Vida Twin Continue reading


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Apple Streusel / Streusel de Manzana

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I love streusels and apple streusel is my favorite.

I came across a recipe for it in an unusual place. It is a book that I have in Spanish and it is called “Delicias al horno” (Baked Delights? You might say?). And it wasn´t until now that I realized it doesn´t mention the authors for any of the recipes!

Well, I have adjusted it for my taste and re-written it in a more logical sense (that´s my engineering side coming out). Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Carmela Pop/ Sigan la página de Carmela Pop

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Today I am giving a big shout-out to a page I have been following for a while, even before starting this blog.

It is a stunning page with gorgeous pictures and awesome recipes; and Ana is behind it. It is: Continue reading


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Super Bowl 50 Nom Noms / Delicias para el Super Bowl 50

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So, who´s watching the Super Bowl 50?

Here are a few nom noms you can prepare beforehand and then just sit and enjoy the game. Recipes are up on my blog! Continue reading


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Delicious Stuffed Zucchini / Delicioso Calabacín Relleno

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I have to confess that I discovered and learned to appreciate the zucchini as an adult. For some reason, it is not that common in Chinese cuisine and I don´t remember trying it when growing up.

Luckily, at some point I tasted it and loved it. This time I will present you a great way of preparing them that is both, unbelievably easy and incredibly tasty! You can have them as a side dish or, as I usually do, have them as a main dish for dinner.

It´s meatless and a nice and refreshing change from all the food that most of us enjoyed over the holidays! Continue reading


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#TeaserPicTuesday Summary – January 2016 / Resumen de Avances de Enero 2016

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Hi there!

Here is a summary of the teasers I have been sharing in my other social media accounts in the last month.

See if you can guess the dish (before searching through my posts of course!) and let me know what you would have prepared with them. Continue reading


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#MotivationMonday Summary – January 2016 / Resumen de Frases Inspiradoras de Enero 2016

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Hi! Can you believe is already february? Time is truly priceless..

Here is a summary of the quotes I have shared through january in my other social media accounts.

Enjoy them! Continue reading


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Chicken Liver Pâté/ Pâté de Hígado de Pollo

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Although I have always been a fan of chicken liver pâté (even as a kid), I do not recall the very first time I tried it.

I can´t explain the reason, I just love the combination of strong flavors on toasted bread or crackers. And if you pair it with a nice wine, it will be hard for me to turn it down 😉

So, when I saw this recipe from Jamie Oliver, there was absolutely no doubt about what I was going to do with it. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Betty Crocker/ Sigan la página de Betty Crocker

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It´s time for a household name! It´s a #FF to Betty Crocker´s page:

Bettycrocker.com

Most of you might know very well their page and all it offers but for those of you who do not, allow me to a list a few the really cool things I have found: Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Kristina Lechner and Jane’s Patisserie/ Sigan la página de Kristina Lechner y Jane’s Patisserie

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I didn´t get to share my last week´s #FollowFriday on the blog. I only managed to post it in my other social media accounts.

It was an Instagram account that I recently stumbled upon:

@kristinalechner Continue reading


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Scones

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These scones are not just easy and quick to prepare, they are also crumbly and soft on the inside and taste heavenly with your favorite jam. An English treat at your fingertips. Ready for teatime?

Those who have followed me for a while may recall that I lived in England for a few years. During that time I learned to appreciate and take pleasure in its cuisine and I have to confess that I do miss it (nostalgic sight). Continue reading


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Sautéed Shrimps / Langostinos Salteados

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I confess that I absolutely love seafood and I do think that having grown up in a seaside town has a lot to do with it 🙂

The freshness of the ingredients is exceptional and the prices are much lower. And you learn to appreciate all the different types and ways of preparing them.

Believe it or not, cooking seafood can be very easy. In my opinion, the tricky part is knowing how to evaluate its freshness and how to clean and prep it.

Today I will present you a very simple and quick way of preparing shrimps. Continue reading


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#TeaserPicTuesday Summary – December 2015 / Resumen de Avances de Diciembre 2015

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Hi there!

Here is a summary of the teasers I have been sharing in my other social media accounts in the last month.

See if you can guess the dish (before searching through my posts of course!) and let me know what you would have prepared with them. Continue reading


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#MotivationalMonday Summary – December 2015 / Resumen de Frases Inspiradoras de Diciembre 2015

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

Here is a summary of the quotes I have shared through the month of december in my other social media accounts.

Enjoy them! Continue reading


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Venezuelan Roast Pork Leg / Pernil de Cochino Horneado

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This is one of the most popular roasts for the holidays in Venezuela; and it is served alongside the Hallaca, Venezuelan Ham Bread and Chicken Salad.

Coming from a Chinese background, I must admit that our holiday dinners involved quite a different menu: chicken, fish, vegetables, rice, soup, Chinese roast pork… Nonetheless, these four dishes have grown on me so deep, that I can only recall not having them in two occasions.

I was overseas in both of them and I did not know how to prepare them by myself from scratch. You see, I was a student with basic cooking skills to survive… you know how it is…

I have already posted about the Venezuelan Ham Bread and Chicken Salad, now is the turn for the Roast Pork Leg. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Cook with Amber / Sigan la página de Cook with Amber

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Could you believe me when I tell you that “Cook with Amber” – by Amber Kelley, has over 15,000 subscribers and over 700,000 views, and is a part of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube network on YouTube?

Impressed? Not yet?

Well, in July of 2013, her work was recognized by USA First Lady Michelle Obama at a dinner at the White House. Continue reading


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Chocolate Panettone / Panettone de Chocolate

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Hi there! How is everyone doing? Ready for the holidays?

In my last post I gave you all the insights to prepare a very much loved Venezuelan dish for this time of the year: Venezuelan Ham Bread.

Today, I will offer you an internationally loved Italian dish for the holidays: Panettone. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Venezuela / Sigan a Venezuela

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I know, today is not Friday. I was meant to publish this post last Friday but was unable to for several reasons.

This is a very personal #FollowFriday. It is not a page. It is not a blog.

It is a country. My country. My home and my heartland: Venezuela. Continue reading


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Venezuelan Ham Bread – Pan de Jamón

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December is here, which means that probably most of you are already planning for the holidays, including those big family dinners.

Well, being from Venezuela I had to bring you one of the most loved dishes for this season: “Pan de Jamón”. It literally translates to Ham Bread, but I have called it Venezuelan Ham Bread. Continue reading


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#TeaserPicTuesday Summary – November 2015 / Resumen de Avances de Noviembre 2015

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Hi there!

Here is a summary of the teasers I have been sharing in my other social media accounts in the last month.

See if you can guess the dish (before searching through my posts of course!) and let me know what you would have prepared with them. Continue reading

#MotivationalMonday Summary – November 2015 / Resumen de Frases Inspiradoras de Noviembre 2015

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

Here is a summary of the quotes I have been sharing in my other social media accounts.

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#FollowFriday to Gastronomía en Venezuela and Rosanna Di Turi / Sigan la página de Gastronomía en Venezuela y a Rosanna Di Turi

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This page has been another amazing finding. Its name translates to “Gastronomy in Venezuela” and, as you might have guessed by now, it covers the whole gastronomy chain in Venezuela. From artisans and producers to restaurants, you name it! Continue reading


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3 Cakes in 1! / 3 Tortas en 1!

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Yes! You have read it right! Learn how to make this 1 recipe and you will be showcasing 3 different cakes! Not bad, right?

This recipe has been such an awesome finding. And of course, it is Betty Crocker´s! Interested? Keep on reading to find out. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo and David Loftus / Sigan las páginas de Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo y David Loftus

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I know these are household names and already have millions of followers all over the world. But I am a huge fan of them. Besides, a little more love doesn´t hurt anyone, right? So, here is a big shout-out to all of them!

Let´s start with Jamie, I admire him in so many ways and he is such an inspiration for so many people. Here are a few great things about him: Continue reading


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Scrumptious Steamed Grouper / Delicioso Mero al Vapor

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Some of you might be intrigued as to why I hadn´t posted anything on Chinese cuisine before. After all, I do have a very deep Chinese background and it was my first close encounter with food and cooking.

Well, that is probably the reason. It is so close to my heart that the amount of details, anecdotes and memories just keep on spinning in my head. And I won´t lie to you, I am having a hard time putting it down on black and white. Continue reading


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#MotivationalMonday Summary – October 2015 / Resumen de Frases Inspiradoras de Octubre 2015

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A few days ago I shared with you a summary of my #TeaserPicTuesday posts that I have been showing in my other social media accounts.

Today I am sharing my #MotivationalMonday posts from October! Hope you like them! Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Maestro Armando Scannone / Sigan la página del Maestro Armando Scannone

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Today´s #FollowFriday has been actually long overdue. Those who have been following me for a while, know by now what a huge fan I am of Maestro Armando Scannone´s work. He is 93 years old now and still so very active! Continue reading


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Potatoes & Onions Tortilla / Tortilla de Papas con Cebolla

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I love Spanish food. Even though I did not grow up with these flavors during my childhood, I learned to appreciate them later on.

Tapas (Wikipedia link here) are among my favorites, and not just because of how delicious and gorgeous looking they are; they also feed my soul and give me that warm feeling that only comfort food can offer.

I think that probably my subconscious associates them with Dim Sum (Wikipedia link here), which is very close to my heart since I have enjoyed them since my early childhood and they remind me of so many family and friends get-togethers. Continue reading


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Betty Crocker´s Ultimate Brownie / Betty Crocker: El Mejor Brownie

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As many of you, I absolutely love a good brownie. And whenever I don´t get one, I feel cheated. Very few foods do these to me, and brownie is definitely one of them. I think it might be the feeling of anticipation when getting it while wishing for a crackled top followed by a fudgy delight. So, in order to avoid disappointments and satisfy my cravings, I embarked into a brownie recipe expedition. Continue reading


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#TeaserPicTuesday Summary – October 2015 / Resumen de Avances de Octubre 2015

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Hi there!

I have been posting some teasers in my other social accounts and thought of sharing them here. See if you can guess the dish (before searching through my posts of course!) and let me know what you would have prepared with them. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Movin´ it With Michelle / Sigan al blog Movin´ it With Michelle

When I started this blog, most of my thoughts went into sharing the recipes I love. I never imagined the interconnections that would come with it from all over the world, let alone that I would empathize with some fellow bloggers…

Well, I cannot recall how I stumbled upon this blog, but I can tell you I love the human touch it´s got. I can almost feel that I am having a cup of tea and talking to her… through our keyboards, that is 🙂 Continue reading


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Hunter´s Chicken Stew / Pollo a la Cazadora

Hello there! I am trying out something new this week. I have received some requests to include Spanish into my posts, and I am listening. So, here it is. My first post in English and Spanish. Let me know your thoughts and any suggestions you may have about it!

This Jamie Oliver´s recipe is easy to prepare, Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to “La Cocina del Libro Rojo”

Hi guys! It´s Friday!!

Today´s #FollowFriday has a special place in my heart for many reasons. For those who have read some of my posts, you know that I am a huge fan of Don Armando Scannone and his red cookbook “Mi Cocina a la Manera de Caracas”.

Don Armando (for his Facebook fan page click here) has my highest respects for all his work to produce two books – there is a blue cookbook too, filled with over 1,000 recipes that venezuelans dream about. Continue reading


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Pumpkin Cake – Venezuelan Style! / Torta de Auyama

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We all know pumpkin pie is the sweetheart of fall. But I am sure most of you will be willing to sneak a peek into something different, right? Well, I turned to one of my favorite red cookbooks for advice on this. And yes, Don Armando Scannone´s red book “Mi Cocina” got an amazing proposal!

It is a pumpkin cake that includes two pretty distinguishable local ingredients from Venezuela: queso blanco duro and papelón. Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Cookie+Kate

It´s #FoodBloggerFriday!
Here is a ‪#‎FollowFriday‬ to another great blog! During my continuous research on food blogging, I have found tons of information and some amazing sites. One of them is Cookie + Kate. Lay-out and colors are awesome! And the section called “Bloggers Resources” is really helpful – and I have only read part of it! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Happy weekend!


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Classic Banana Bread from a great recipe – Betty Crocker´s!

Bananas have always been part of my household diet and now more than ever since there are twin toddlers to feed!

Eaten natural, used in sweet and salty dishes, and last but not least, favorite smoothie ingredient!

In case you may still have any doubt about including this fruit in your grocery list, here are some reasons that have certainly convinced me! 😉 Continue reading


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#FollowFriday to Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Friday!
Here is a ‪#‎FollowFriday‬ to a special blog I recently came across! It is beautifully made and has tons of recipes, recommendations and even blogging tips! Stop by her page to find out more! Thank you Cooking with a Wallflower for sharing all your tips!
Have a great weekend!


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Soul warming – Jamie Oliver´s Real Mushroom Soup

Last week I published a teaser for my next recipe review in my Facebook page and Instagram account. If you missed it, here it is:

Mushrooms

Alright, so the title is a spoiler… Anyway, mystery solved, it is the almighty, comfort, soul warming, mushroom soup.

Ever since my college days I have loved this soup, I would have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack – any meal! It had the absolute power to make everything right, warm me up if it was cold and make my tummy happy. My problems would disappear for a moment and if I was drained from all the long night of studying, it would charge me up, giving me a renew burst of energy to continue. Always paired with toasted/grilled bread of course. And I am talking about the canned type!

Obviously, I made it my mission to learn how to prepare it from scratch with fresh seasonal ingredients. Continue reading


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Wholesome Pumpkin Soup / Sana y Saludable Crema de Auyama

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Anyone up for an earthy, heartwarming, wholesome soup? Keep reading because you will love this one. And I promise, it is so simple, easy and tasty that you will start making this beauty on a weekly basis! Continue reading


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Essential Roast Chicken

A popular and timeless dish, which can be as humble as any family roast dinner, or as fancy as a gourmet restaurant main course.

I love roast chicken for so many reasons; it is a healthy comfort food, tasty and so versatile. You can have it as a main course and then you can use any leftovers and transform them into so many different things! A salad? Got it! A sandwich? Got it! A soup? Got it! A fajita? Got it! Pasta? Got it!! I think you get the point.

So, I have been searching and getting tips from everywhere about how to cook it. Don´t be fool by its humble background, there are tricks to watch out for. But once you find your personal formula to get it right, you will love it and never get tired of it.

An amazing Roast Chicken recipe with lots of great tips is Jamie Oliver´s Perfect Roast Chicken Continue reading


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Betty Crocker´s Key Lime Pie

Betty Crocker Cookbook has been such a great finding. For many years I had enjoyed many of their products but for some reason never knew or thought there was a book! Not only it has all these incredible recipes, it is also full of cooking basics and how-to advice.

Today, I will look into their Key Lime Pie recipe. The first time I ever tasted a Key Lime Pie was in Miami and was lucky enough to do so at a great place where I was served an amazing and freshly made version of it. So good it was, that I decided I had to learn how to prepare it. I had been searching about it for a long time, but for some reason none of the information I had come across seemed convincing enough. That is until I read Betty Crocker´s beauty. Continue reading


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Chicken Salad / Ensalada de Gallina – Don Armando Scannone

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One of the all time greatest cooking books in Venezuela is without a shadow of a doubt “Mi Cocina a la Manera de Caracas”, which is written by Don Armando Scannone (for his Facebook page click here). We (Venezuelans) have to be thankful that this fulfilled and renown Civil Engineer decided at the age of 60 (he just turned 93 last month) to publish a cookbook that has become a best-seller for the last 30 years and it is said it took him about 10 years to complete. Continue reading


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Basic Pancakes

I love breakfast and pancakes are among my top choices. They are also simple and quick to make so you can enjoy that warm, made from scratch, delicious morning meal.

Personally, I prefer the english pancakes that resemble a crêpe. So, the first recipe I ever tried was from Delia Smith Cookbook Continue reading


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Laura Calder´s Tarragon Chicken

I love Laura Calder´s TV show ¨French Food at Home¨, she makes cooking french food look so easy. Every single episode is filled with so many great recipes! And you guessed right, Tarragon Chicken is one of my favorites from the series (you can find the original recipe here).

I have cooked this recipe many times by now and even experimented with some variations. Never been disappointed with the result :). A fool-proof recipe! Continue reading


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Jamie Oliver´s Fruit Cobbler

Jamie Oliver is one of the chefs I admire the most. Not only he is an amazing cook (love his food, great recipes), he is an awesome human being! Beautiful family and friends and incredibly dedicated to make healthy food available to everyone.

Today I will be looking at his Fruit Cobbler recipe. From the very first time I tried it, the result has always been so delish. Even though I change the fruits since I live in Venezuela and prefer to use those that are in season and locally available. Continue reading