Guava (Guayaba) Bread

In this blog post I simply want to celebrate and highlight the flavor combinations that guava (guayaba in Spanish translation) can bring to any dough-type pastry. Recently, I came across this account on Instagram and they make guava empanaditas. They allowed me to use this picture from their account. As someone who grew up around…

Palenqueras and Fresh Fruits in Cartagena

Palenqueras slowly walk Cartagena streets offering: Papaya, watermelon, pineapple, guava, mango, nísperos (louquats) and more. They sing their tune as they gracefully cover downtown and the beach areas. Songs start with a low cord and they go up as they list the many fruits they carry on top of their heads. The song goes like this: “Home-cooks come get mangos,…

Coffee {Ergo, Happy}

  Oh, coffee! To paint a good picture, think “Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow” by Fleetwood Mac, “I can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash  and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The optimism in the lyrics is food for my soul. Coffee has that exact effect on me. Overwhelmed, confused, even in state of panic, there are days when I wonder…

Fried Eggs and What My Mom Used to Say..

Growing up, our Mom used to say: “That girl doesn’t even know how to fry an egg.” That is actually a popular expression in Colombia to refer to novice home cooks. So as I grew up I often wondered, what is it about fried eggs? As I met unwanted challenges in the kitchen, I remember intentionally “not” making fried eggs; I would…

Humus

Often in this blog, my Lebanese heritage and influence comes through in my recipes. My Dad raised us with respect for world cuisine, with middle eastern cuisine being at the center. Tahini, main humus ingredient, was one of My Dad’s favorite! In Colombia, tahini was the only name that stuck with my generation, at least. Simple….