Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tilapia and octopus: are you ready?

Do you smell something fishy? It is our kitchen this week. As the weather warms up we feel like to try different dishes. So this week we are introducing tilapia with shrimp and red peppers.

And our very much loved dish: octopus rice -- yes you can smile ;)

Enjoy this week fantastic and full of flavor dishes.

Ana & Ana

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Apple cider

This has been a very cold and icy Winter, specially in the Midwest of the United States. This is a great hot drink that we have been drinking during this never ending Winter in Iowa. Hope you enjoy it...and keep you warm.

  • Apple juice (we use Old Orchard 100% Apple (64 Fl oz)
  • 3-5 grains of Allspice Whole
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • half of an orange cut into slices

It is really simple:
All you have to do is take a large sauce pan and put all the apple juice into it. Then add the oranges slices, cinnamon stick, and allspice. And put the heat on medium low. Once it starts simmering turn off the heat so it doesn't boil. Remember Simmer not boil!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Red potatoes stew

This is a super delicious recipe, especially if you use fresh vegetables. At this time of the year we use frozen peas and corn. You can also replace the peas and corn with any other type of vegetable: Brussels sprouts, extra carrots, green beans...whatever you like the most.

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 large carrots cut into thin slices
  • 2 pounds of small red potatoes cut into cubes and washed
  • 1 package of frozen peas (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 package of frozen corn (about 1/2 pound)
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

In a large pan, add the onion, garlic, carrots and olive oil. Cook for a few minutes until the onion turns gold and soft.

Add the potatoes, salt and pepper and let them fry for a couple of minutes. Then add the peas, corn and water. Let everything cook in medium-low for 20-25 minutes (or until the potatoes are soft -- you can try them with a fork). Make sure to stir the vegetables a couple of times, while they cooks.