Ah, here comes the rain again! (queue Annie Lennox’s song) I have already told you many times how much I love the rainy season, haven’t I? Many, many times, I know…maybe too many. But I can’t help it, rain inspires me. Water for me means rebirth, growth, new beginnings, abundance, it makes me feel as if all the dirty, old stuff gets washed away, leaving everything clean for something good and new.
Sometimes I catch myself ordering the same dish at a restaurant over and over again, going against my own belief of always being adventurous with food. It happens mostly at a Spanish restaurant where I never fail to order the same two things: deep-fried boquerones and a lettuce salad with jamón serrano and a variety of olives—it doesn’t include a fancy dressing; they only offer you sherry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, BUT IT TASTES SO GOOD.
There are some good things that are better not tampered with.
Have you heard about kale? I know it’s silly to ask, but I have a point here, I promise. Every cooking book, magazine, article, and/or blog I read or follow has at least a handful of recipes for this “miracle” green. THE green. Chock-full of antioxidants, vitamin C, etc., etc., that-puts-spinach-to-shame green. Health blogs and magazines can’t get publish enough kale recipes, and it frustrated me that nobody grew it here in Guatemala so I could try a few of them, see what the fuss was all about, and of course, benefit from it.
Following the latest trend here at THWW, today I’ll confess my own girl crush. Unlike Machteld’s or Barbara’s crush, it’s neither her fashion nor décor style that I covet.
Well, hello! Sorry for the absence, but lately it feels as if everything is happening at once and I feel a little left behind on my own life, if that’s even possible. Some days I don’t even know what day of the week it is!
As I have previously mentioned in a couple of posts, I am not very fond of high temperatures. I’m a winter person, I love sunny, windy mornings that peacefully evolve to chilly evenings and cold nights. I love cuddling up on the couch with my husband and our furbaby either in front of the TV or the fireplace. A nice cup of chocolate or even better, a glass of good red wine, puts the cherry on top. Aaaah, cold evenings.
Creativity. Why is it so elusive some times? Cooking is part skills and part creativity…and some days I think creativity evades me on purpose. I’m the first to tell you that a recipe from a book is only a suggestion—you should play with it, adjust it to your own personal taste, BE CREATIVE. But how do you turn creativity on? How do you find inspiration?
Do you make New Year resolutions? I do, and it used to frustrate me to no end that the end of the year, I couldn’t really say that I kept them to the dot. A useful tip a friend gave me was to keep the resolutions to a manageable number and make them about my lifestyle, about the things that matter most to me. Also, keep them achievable-resolutions like moving to Timbuktu or climbing the Everest involve practically turning your life around, and unless you’re a professional mountain climber or considering to relocate to a far away land, try to keep them out of your list.
If you’ve been wondering what’s been keeping my posts so sporadic lately, I’m glad to tell you that the wait is finally over. Let me introduce you to our baby: FRESKO FINE FOOD MARKET. Our goal is to provide healthy, organic and gourmet products (very much needed in Guatemala!) all under one roof. Here, you will find a wide variety of products for specific diets (gluten free, soy free, sugar free) and the most complete line of USDA certified organic products from Tree of Life.