Mashed Potatoes

Nothing says comfort food like mashed potatoes. These are a very simple version I made to go along with the lamb I posted earlier this week. They came out very well and they don’t use all the heavy cream and loads of butter I keep seeing in recipes, and restaurants for that matter. Mashed potatoes…

Lamb Pot Roast

When I first met my husband he did not eat any meat other than chicken and some fish. I asked him why and he gave me a bunch of reasons that made no sense to me, or to him really. I think it had just never been prepared to his liking. He is a man…

Lamb Stock

Stock was one of those things that took me a very long time to figure out how to make correctly. I would boil the bones for hours and at the end I was left with a very weak stock that made me wonder how it could be any better than water in recipes. I remember…

Mojo

Mojo is a Cuban marinade and sauce used in many different ways. From Chicken marinated in mojo and grilled, to pork marinated and cooked in mojo at Christmas; as a salad dressing, or as a sauce for fried yuca. It’s uses in the Cuban kitchen are endless. Actually, when I stop and think about it,…

Pesto Pasta sin Pena

Tonight for dinner I was craving a huge plate of pesto pasta. However, I have been trying to eat a more balanced diet and my nutritionist has me on a fairly strict eating plan. I get 3 carbs, 3 proteins, 4 fruits, 1.5 tbs of oil and all the vegetables I want a day. Tonight,…

Chicken and Rice

I am proud to say that this is my signature dish and a favorite of all my friends and family who usually ask for it specifically, by name,¬†when I suggest dinner at our place. It is, at its essense, Cuban comfort food. Every Cuban household makes this dish and we all do it a little…

Camarones Al Ajillo

My father loved going out to eat, so about once or twice a week we would go out as a family. I think for him there was no greater outing. He had his favorite restaurants, most of them Cuban, and he preferred to go to the same ones often. Of all the restaurants none was…

Shepherds Pie on the Farm

Shepherds pie is one of those comfort meals that sticks to your ribs and warms your cockles. The recipe usually has a lot of fat and a lot of potatoes and tastes just divine. However, we were told we needed to get more fruit and veg into the old diet. So I have been slowly…

Tomato Soup

I love my tomato soup tangy, thick, blended but with texture and with just a hint of cream. Tomato soup should be tangy enough to hit you in the salivary glands and creamy enough to be luxurious. I wasn’t finding this in the store bought and restaurant soups so I decided to create the soup…

Borough Market Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a sandwich that was inspired by one we had while in London on our honeymoon. It was, without hesitation, the greatest grilled cheese I have had in my entire life. The sharp cheese and tangy onion mixture oozing out the tiny holes in the crunchy bread was so amazing that upon our return…