Eating in Poblenou

July 21, 2017

When I was planning summer research in Barcelona, I knew there were two big logistical unknowns I needed to tackle in order to be able to get work done: find childcare in an unfamiliar place and find a livable neighborhood. I looked first on Air BNB through some neighborhoods that were familiar to me when I came here back in 2010 with my husband and older daughter. Most of the Air BnB places were extremely pricey, and I later learned…

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Security and Health in McWorld

July 6, 2017

Yesterday morning my student SJ and I were meeting a Moroccan woman for an interview, and our interviewee had suggested we meet at a McDonald’s in the Sants train station.  We emerged from the metro into the chaos of the enormous station, clean and bright and full of digital green signage proclaiming the thousands of trains that leave each day to travel all around Europe.  I wouldn’t normally go to McDonald’s except under duress (pushed by a child, perhaps), but…

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Pão por deus

June 29, 2017

  It’s been almost a year since I updated this food blog! In the fall I was back to work teaching full time with two kids (one still a baby), and I honestly was in survival mode most of the year. The usual daycare illnesses struck the family, and although I cooked a lot, I didn’t have much time to be inventive. Last summer I discovered the Instant Pot and did a lot of vegan cooking, so during the school…

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Breakfasts Recipes Vegan

Almond Quinoa Muffins

August 27, 2016

I spent a lot of time this summer cooking from vegan cookbooks. I started with a classic – Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. It has been out for a while, and it’s a compendium of vegan recipes that are truly delicious but also a bit time consuming. I wanted to see which recipes I could make where I genuinely didn’t miss meat, and this cookbook delivers. The  main dish and appetizer recipes…

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Desserts Instant Pot Recipes

Simple Instant Pot Caramel Flan

August 10, 2016

Do you ever find yourself craving flan at ten pm on a summer night after your kids have gone to bed, but the thought of stirring sugar on the stove to turn it to caramel, and then mixing, baking and chilling the custard, and not having the flan before midnight is a major deterrent? Well, the Instant Pot doesn’t slow down the chilling time, but it will put flan in your hands within an hour. And there’s nothing wrong with…

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Instant Pot Reviews

The life-changing magic of the Instant Pot

July 26, 2016

What’s that lovely, mouth watering picture opening this blog post, you ask? It’s a New York-style cheesecake, made entirely in the Instant Pot, I say. And it’s one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever made. I didn’t believe a pressure cooker could do it, but let me wax rhapsodic for a few minutes here. As I mentioned in the last post, I recently became one of the 215,000 new owners of the Instant Pot, purchased on Amazon’s random middle-of-the-summer Prime…

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Recipes Vegan Vegetarian

Instant Pot Black Bean & Rice Tacos/Burritos

July 16, 2016

I just joined the cult of the Instant Pot, thanks to a crazy sale on Amazon Prime day where this kitchen technology was 40% off. (215,000 Instant Pots were sold, but who’s counting?) The Instant Pot is supposedly as life altering as a Vitamix: it’s an electric pressure cooker that can also saute food and work as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, etc etc. It also boasts itself to be green, reducing energy consumption 70% due to the…

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Recipes Soups Vegan

Summer Tomato Soup

June 30, 2016

I’ve never been a fan of tomato soup. I don’t have any positive associations with the overly sweet, canned variety that was served with grilled cheese sandwiches at school cafeterias. It was unlikely, therefore, that I would ever order it for myself on a menu as an adult: too much of a risk of it tasting like the canned stuff. But recently, at my friend Eren’s house, I had a life changing tomato soup – it was so good that…

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Desserts Recipes Vegan

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My World

June 22, 2016

I love cookbooks, and this summer I’ve been cooking my way through a couple vegan cookbooks, whose authors are considered among the best recipe developers in the vegan world, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Why vegan, if I haven’t given up meat completely? I’ve gone through phases where I only ate vegetarian but at the moment I would consider myself a flexitarian, meaning I’m eating mostly vegetarian/vegan with one or two meals a week in the fish or…

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Desserts Recipes

Unity Cookies

June 15, 2016

It’s been a sad week for Orlando. It’s hard to know what to do without feeling helpless. I took the advice of the New York Times Cooking email this week to “just bake.” Sunday night I made s’mores cupcakes from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookbook. They were delicious but in my sadness I forgot to add soy milk until the end, so they looked like lumpy Hobbit treats after I baked them.  On Monday my daughter decided…

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