Guijuelo Jamón Iberico

I’ve never been particularly fond of fat. I like crispy bacon well enough, but I normally trim the fat from pork chops, lamb chops, grilled steak, etc. I have two dogs that greatly appreciate these treats. When we first started spending time in Spain I ordered a starter of their famed Jamón Iberico de  Bellota. … Continue reading…

Dining in Barcelona

We love dining in Barcelona. Occasionally, okay, very, very rarely, I do a post without a recipe. This is one of those times. The food we had at both of these restaurants in Barcelona was so exceptional that I couldn’t bring myself to add one of my recipes…. After we all left Morocco some of … Continue reading…

The Dinner Party

The dinner party was a success, so I’m told. The food was delicious (IMO) and a good time was had by all – if laughter and animated conversation are an indicator. I decided on a different approach this time. In the past I’ve made dishes that could all be made in advance…  if not entirely, … Continue reading…

Happy New Year!

We’re part of the group that doesn’t (normally) go out on New Year’s Eve. We (normally) stay home, in front of the fire, and have a nice dinner, a nice bottle of wine and no worries about being on the road. We went out last night. It was just a small dinner party – eight … Continue reading…

Summer Picnics and Picnic Hampers, do it right…

There is just something about warm weather and picnics that brings out the child in me. I want to spread a cloth on a velvety, green lawn, pour a glass of something pink and bubbly and watch the world go by. When I was a child, my mother would pack up our picnic basket on … Continue reading…

Grilled Duck Breast à l’Orange; Funfetti?!?

Warning: This post is not suitable for vegans, vegetarians or anyone who needs to have their meat well-done. It is suitable for anyone who likes to be a little, er, flamboyant when wielding the grill tongs. It tends to flame up a bit (see photo below). It has about 1/3 inch of fat on one … Continue reading…

Goat Cheese Samosas??? Salmon and Avocado Cigars

The question marks are because of the cheese. Samosas are typical of Asian and North African cuisine where cheese is rarely used. But they are also served around the Mediterranean where cheese is eaten in vast quantities. And it’s my kitchen and I can do what I want. These last two recipes didn’t quite use … Continue reading…