argentinian marinated eggplant

Hello friends!
This week I’m sharing another recipe from Argentina, marinated eggplants or “berenjenas en escabeche”.
I’ve learnt to appreciate this kind of “pickles” while I was living in Buenos Aires. While¬†I was working at Turner (CNN, Cartoon Network, etc.) I used to go to a little food shop on my lunch break where a very grumpy old lady sold the most delicious sandwiches with cheese, chicken milanesa (kind of a fried breadcrumbed chicken) and these marinated eggplants.
Going to that little shop was something like the soup nazi episode from Seinfeld.¬†The sandwiches were amazing, so we used to ordered quickly, pay and leave before the old lady yell at us ūüėõ
So, here’s my recipe for the marinated eggplants. Nowadays, I used them on¬†a grilled cheese sandwich. It gives it an extra special garlic-oily-spicy flavor that it’s amazing!
You’ll need:
  • 1 large organic eggplant
  • 2 organic bay leaves
  • 1 organic garlic
  • 1¬†cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Peel and cut the eggplant in thick slices (about 0.4 inches each).

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Put the slices in a colander and sprinkle the teaspoon of salt over them. Let them rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

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Prepare the spices and the olive oil.

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Mix the spices -oregano, garlic, red chili pepper- with the olive oil in a bowl and stir it with a spoon.

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Remove the slices of eggplant from the colander, quickly run some cold water over them and pat dry with a paper towel.

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In a medium sauce pan, mix the vinegar with the water.

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Bring the water already mixed with the vinegar to a boil and add the bay leaves. Cut slices of the eggplant and add them to the boiling water.

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Let it cook for about 5 minutes and remove the eggplants.

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Let them drain.

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In a sterilized jar, add about 1/4 cup of the olive oil and spices mixture.

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Add part of the eggplants and some more of the olive oil mixture.

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Continue doing this until, layer by layer, until finished.

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Let it cool at room temperature and then save it on the fridge.  You can eat them the day after if you want, but the more days go by, the more tasteful it will be!

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Enjoy!

cute animals: baby fox

Today, I want to share some images of a little fox that I drew for a dear friend who is expecting a new baby.

baby fox final artprint copy

I used the illustration as an art-print but also on a onesie.

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Since I also enjoy sewing and creating things with my hands, I chose to use the same baby fox illustration as an embroidery.

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I drew this little fox thinking in this new baby that’s coming to a dear family of friends of mine and all¬†that love made it an extra special and enjoyable project!

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cucumber pickles

Summer is here, what means… pickling cucumbers are available at the farmers market!

My mom, being of German heritage, used to almost always prepare this huge jars with pickles. Not only cucumbers, she also used other vegetables, like onions and carrots, she even used to make pickled eggs (that one was not my favorite, but still, we had a lot of these pickles jars at home).

You’ll find a lot of different recipes calling for a lot of ingredients, specially seeds or spices that -unless you cook a lot with them- are not always at just any home.

This is like… “the easiest version”. A quick illustration to make a summary of the recipe.

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Now, in detail. For this recipe, you’ll need:

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  • 1 large sterilized jar and lid (wash well the containers, rinse and then boil them in water for 10 minutes. For more details,¬†click¬†here)
  • 3¬†pickling cucumbers
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 organic garlic cloves
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • *Optional: If you have dill, add it to this recipe. It gives that particular¬†taste of¬†cucumber¬†pickles.

Add the sugar, salt, garlic cloves without the sprout, bay leaf and some grains of pepper into the sterilized jar.

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Add the sliced cucumbers and pour the cup of white vinegar and finally the cup of boiling water.

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Close the lid while the jar is still hot.

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Let it rest at room temperature for about 2 days.¬†Once it’s opened, you can keep it in the fridge for about 2 months.

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Add these delicious pickles to your burgers or tuna sandwiches. They are yum!

Enjoy!

argentinian sweet ricotta cheese pie

This week, I’m baking another of my favorites argentinian pies!

We’ll use the pastafrola¬†pie crust but this time, we’ll filled it with ricotta cheese and honey. Delicious.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pastafrola pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups organic ricotta cheese (if you find the Organic Valley made from pasture-raised cows, better. The taste it’s pretty similar to argentinian ricotta cheese).
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • about 1 tbsp honey

Put the yolk, the ricotta and the sugar into a medium bowl. Stir all the ingredients.

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Add the honey and stir.

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Grease and flour a pie or cake baking pan.

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Put the pastafrola crust in the pie/cake pan; the pie dough must be at room temperature to use it.

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Use the leftovers of the dough to garnish the pie.

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Bake the pie for 45 to 50 minutes at 350F.

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Let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

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Prepare some “cortado” (machiato) and imagine yourself in any Caf√© Porte√Īo (coffee shop from Buenos Aires).

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Enjoy!