SIMPLE pleasures

FOOD. LIFE. TRAVEL. DESIGN. (MOSTLY FOOD)

Spaghetti pie

Who could resist a dish called "Spaghetti Pie"?? I certainly couldn't, although growing up in Italy I never encountered anything remotely like a spaghetti pie. Let's just say that it is a bit like mac n' cheese with some greens thrown in and fancier cheese... I came...

read more

Zucchini-Avocado Salad

For years I have been obsessed with avocados, but the rest of the world has caught up with my obsession. I found this recipe, supposedly by Frida Kahlo, for Ensalada de Calabacín. Then as usual, I made my own version with the ingredients I had at home.  Fortunately,...

read more

Grilled Corn and Feta Salad

Fresh corn is becoming increasingly available in Spain, nothing like the summer abundance of corn that one finds in the USA, but it is sometimes possible to purchase two-packs of corn cobs, which is a big upgrade from canned corn! So now I am back in grilled corn mode...

read more

Swedish Heart Waffles

Swedish waffles are the best! Although I'm married to a Belgian, I still love the Swedish waffles my grandmother used to make better than any others...and the recipe is surprisingly easy. I want to point out a few things about these waffles: First of all, Swedish...

read more

Key lime pie

Key lime pie is one of my favourite pies, (though technically this pie is made with regular limes, since key limes are unavailable in Spain...) Graham crackers are also unavailable in Spain, and so far I have not figured out a good substitute, but I did bring a couple...

read more

Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler

I make a lot of cobbler-crumbles and I adore both cherries and cherry tomatoes, so this recipe intrigued me. As my kids are always quick to remind me, tomatoes are fruits, but who ever heard of using them in a cobbler? I don't think I've ever baked tomatoes in a sweet...

read more

Guacamole Popsicles!

It's strange when you expect something to taste sweet and then it is savoury instead. I always think of popsicles as a sweet treat, and it really has been too hot to cook lately. So I am eating avocados in salads, on toast, in poke bowls and many other ways. Then I...

read more

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

I love summer blueberries, we mostly eat them raw or in a crumble (check out my blueberry crumble recipe here: http://www.maiamingdesigns.com/single-post/2017/11/07/Blueberry-Apple-Crumble) My Saveur magazine subscription bombards me with recipe suggestions daily, but...

read more

Mojito popsicles!

Summer again! I got my family a popsicle set though I confess that my first popsicles were not for the kids... Delving again into Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix cookbook, I found these too irresistible, tasty and easy. Ingredients: sugar syrup: 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup...

read more