24 October 2017

Spanish rice pudding (Arroz con leche)

This is another of those old school family recipes that my mom learnt forever ago and it's been always around the house. It's originally from Asturias (north of Spain), although there are a lot of versions around the world with different spices. 

It's probably one of the most common desserts in the north of Spain. It can be finished with some sprinkled cinnamon as in the picture or burnt sugar (like Crème brûlée), but since I don't own a burner, I chose the cinnamon.

For this particular recipe I used rice pudding rice. It´s better to use short grain rice, such as for pudding, or even risotto, that absorb more milk than long grain rice like basmati. 

17 October 2017

Sopas de ajo o castellana (Garlic or Castilian soup)

This recipe is one of the most traditional winter comfort foods in the region of Castile, in north of Spain. Made by mums and grandmas all over the region in specially cold nights. It just makes me feel at home everytime.

It is typically made with stock from "Cocido madrileño", a stew made of chickpeas, pork and vegetables, but can be done with other types of stock. My favourite is with vegetable or chicken stock, but many times I use plain water. The important spice here is the typical Spanish smoked paprika, which will give most of the flavour along with the garlic.

It is supposed to be one of the most humble Spanish recipes. It literally uses leftovers, such as the stock from a previous stew and old bread. The eggs and Serrano ham bits just adds a bit more flavour.

3 October 2017

Yogurt sponge

I know, it´s been like forever since the last post... and trust me I have three more recipes in the drafts folder that still need some work!

But I decided to start slowly and put one of the simplest recipes ever! I also wanted something sweet and healthy... and this is the greatest excuse.

This is a simple, sugar free, sponge with some blueberries. You don't have to add the blueberries, you can add any other fruit (raspberries, clementines, peach, pears... they all taste great!). I's made with unsweetened yogurt, which makes it great for diabetics and dieting people in general 😉