Monday, September 17, 2012

My Mom's fish Soup!

More than the recipe by itself, I would like to pay a public tribute to my parents as they are the main responsibles for this passion about food & gastronomy...
All the afternoons taking care of the kitchen garden and collecting the nuts from our centenary tree with my father or the ritual of going to the market all Saturday mornings to buy fresh fish, meat and vegetables with my mother... Both are the real responsibles for this metamorphosis from eating to live to live for eating!

After this, it's quite obvious that today I'll tell you one of my mother's recipe and, for me, the best fish soup I've ever tasted... 

You will need:
Fish (I suggest you to use monkfish or ling)
3 onions
1 red pepper
3 clove of garlic
3 potatoes
1 egg
salt & extra virgin olive oil

Put everything on a pan and, on top, add the kind of fish that you prefer in order to avoid the spines to mix with the rest of the ingredients. Cover all with water, season it with salt and a bit of extra virgin olive oil and let it cook.
When the potatoes are cooked, take the fish carefully in order to avoid any spine to mix with the rest. Grind the soup and add one egg mixing it in order to spread it across all the soup. Add the fish and it is ready to serve.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grilled Avocado Salad

Since we discovered the how to prepare home-made pesto, it became significantly easier to prepare a salad in days that you have lack of ingredients! Today we opened the fridge and there was: avocado, dry tomato, Parmesan & cucumber...

We prepare the pesto with: basil, nuts, garlic and parmesan (this time we added a bit of butter but it is completely dispensable...)! put it into a crusher and adjust it to your taste adding lemon juice, salt & black pepper.

Squeeze the lemon to a dish, add salt & black pepper. Cut the avocado in slices and dive it in the lemon. pass the slices of the avocado by extra virgin olive oil and grill it for a couple of minutes and let it cool.

You can use both mixed salad or hedge mustard, cucumber & dried tomato! Add the avocado & the pesto and enjoy it!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Portuguese Typical Starter - Donax Clams

If you ever went to Portugal you must have read in the restaurants menus Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato. Despite it is originally done with clams I use domax clams, my favourites!

As many traditional Portuguese cuisine dishes it is easy to cook and delicious to taste!

You will need:
Domax Clams or clams
Extra virgin Olive Oil
Salt, black pepper and lemon juice

In a pan with extra virgin Olive oil, add the grossly chopped garlic and let it cook a bit. Add the coriander, then the domax clams and cover the pan. wait till all the domax open shaking the pan from time to time. 
Finally add lemon juice and depending on your taste season with salt & pepper. Serve it immediately. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Do you enjoy Sunset?

Jimbaran - Bali, Indonesia
Sunset is definitely one of the special moments of de day, that's why in lots of guides there are tips about the best places to watch it. 

If you think about it can be a perfect scenario for completely opposite situations like being alone meditating or for a sunset party in the beach...
It can be a very romantic ocasion to be with that special person, or just grab your camera spend this moment with her shooting thousands of photos. Like most of the best things of life, just let your instinct guide you and enjoy it...

I must confess I love sunsets, if possible with a good cocktail, but always with my camera! 

These are some of my photos, and I would challenge you to share yours on our facebook page:

Jimbaran - bali, Indonesia

If you go to Bali, you must try fresh fish barbecues at Jimbaran's beachfront seafood warung, so my advice is that you go a bit earlier and enjoy this amazing sunset...

Cavallería Beach, Menorca, Spain
On my previous post about Menorca beaches', I've shared other photo of Cavallería Beach. Below you can find other precious sunset in Menorca. Just 5 minutes away from ciutadella, on Maxi's bar you can eat&drink some appetisers while enjoy the sunset... (just the appetisers, as this place is one of those that you shall never see a local eating and it's not because it's expensive...)
Maxi's Bar, Cala en Blanes - Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

Despite the sunset is behind the mountain, in Troia you can enjoy a very special and also unique sunset... with a 180º view you can get different effects with the sea and Arrabida Mountain outlines...

Troia, Portugal
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Restaurant C'an Olga, Es Mercadal - Menorca

If you are fed up of the touristic restaurants along the coast, C'an Olga is a really interesting option. I must confess I have a special atraction for gastronomy in the interior, I think it's common sense: if you don't go for the views you will only return by the greatness of its gastronomy...

The truth is that our dinner at C'an Olga was the easiest thing in our vacations... Gabriel, who recommended us to go there, suggested also two starters, so we only had to choose the main dish, grilled John-dory with garlic Sauce.

Despite the main dish was very good, for me the stars of this restaurant are the starters! We tasted an excellent onion stuffed with meat and one kind of Spanish sausage called Sobrasada and a marvellous aubergine millefeuille!

Pont Na MacarranaMercadal
971 37 54 59

How much?
Average price 40 €