(Vicki James) Few things are more comforting to the soul on a cold evening than a delicious steaming bowl of beef stew. Especially when it's packed with an assertive mix of fruits, olives, mushrooms and wine. As the poet John Keats wrote, “ O, for a beaker full of the warm south!” He was talking about wine as he shivered away in the cold damp climate of England. Maybe he was even talking about wine similar to the one I used in this wonderful stew. This stew tastes like a bowl of the warm shores of southern Spain and I guarantee its like nothing you have ever had before.
(Vicki James) George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” I agree! There is no better way to celebrate the day devoted to Love than preparing a delicious repast for your loved one. Preparing a meal is an act love in and of itself. It requires you to think about the preferences of the one you love. It requires you to spend time finding the perfect recipe and shopping for the ingredients. You have to part with your hard-earned cash at the grocery store since you are probably going to make something special. Last but not least, you make the food itself, with loving hands and a generous heart, the best seasoning of all.
Vicki James - Han Oak Galbijjim. Try saying that three times fast! I would if I knew how to pronounce it.
If you are trying to do the Meatless Monday thing – and good for you if you are – you may be looking for some yummy suggestions that will fill the bill (and your tummy). This recipe is one of my favorites. It’s so good you might not want to save it for Mondays. I promise it’s a great and easy meal to prepare at home any night of the week. It only takes minutes to prepare. Oh, the comfort of the precious pillow-like gnocchis! The richness of the butter toasted pine nuts! Meat or no meat, it’s a treat!
I was remembering our wonderful dining experience at Ramires in Guia, Portugal. Once we returned home, I started scouting for a great Piri Piri chicken recipe to try at home. There are many to be found on the internet, and I perused more than a few. I knew I had hit pay dirt when I found this recipe on a lovely blog by Nelson Carvelheiro. His Piri Piri chicken recipe also includes a photo blog of his sweet Portuguese grandmother making the recipe just as she has every Sunday for years. There is a terrific picture of her with her adorable black and white puppy. You’ll fill your cuteness quotient for the day.
When you can’t make up your mind whether your taste buds crave Asian or Italian, try this fabulous fusion. It has a split personality and when you can’t decide what you want, this schizophrenic delight will show you just how wonderful crazy can be. Kudos to Kay Chun who published this terrific recipe on the New York Times Cooking website. If you have not already subscribed, you should.