Culinary Legacy

When I was growing up, I was my mother’s little sous-chef in the kitchen – chopping, peeling, dicing, creaming butter and sugar for cakes, frying plantains, among other things. All these little tasks contributed to my ever-growing love affair with food. As humans, we all have to eat. Some people see food as just fuel,... Continue Reading →

Tea has always been my consoler, my perpetual door to inner peace and tranquility. Pair tea’s soothing qualities with both sweet and savory nibbles and heaven will the final destination. Tea, always tea. *Cover photo by Anna Verdina

Anyone who knows me is aware of how much I like to visit restaurants just to try something new, something different from what I make at home. Sometimes I am awed and amazed by what I eat, other times I say to myself, “I can do better than this”, so much of it thanks to... Continue Reading →

Hallacas : A Venezuelan Christmas Tradition

My very favorite Holiday food

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First. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Second. Hope you all had plenty of your favorite Christmas delights. Third. We’re here to talk about Hallacas. I’ve posted about this dish a couple of times in the past. We venezuelans eat hallacas only around christmas and new years time. It’s a very popular dish of indigenous origins and spanish influences. It’s also similar to the even more popular mexican tamale or the puerto rican pastel. We usually make them in large batches. 30, 70, 200 hallacas, depends on how many people are willing to serve time in the kitchen for an entire day wrapping portions of masa dough and stewed meat in green plantain leaves. Takes forever and has to be done under the influence of alcohol to make the task bearable. I’m talking 3, 4 sometimes 5 hours, just to wrap the little suckers, back breaking work. Bigger families…

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Happy Holidays!

This year has brought about many changes and the most important lesson I have learnt is to keep things simple. I read this quote somewhere on the internet and I think this thought sums everything up correctly: "If you have family that loves you, a few good friends, food on your table and a roof... Continue Reading →

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