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Steaks de Coliflor a la Parilla con Chimichurri (comer con amigos muy queridos en la naturaleza)

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Cuando viajas, vives en diferentes ciudades, y ademas tienes amigos que les gusta hacer lo mismo, el resultado es amigos dispersos por el planeta a los cuales ves poco y por separado, y tratar de juntar a todos en un lugar puede ser una misión imposible. Por suerte estos amigos, que con los años se reducen en cantidad, pero aumentan en calidad, son tan divers que cada vez que se puede, se toman un avión y y deciden ser parte de locos encuentros en algún lugar lindo del planeta. Y este fin de semana fue así. Amigos del alma reunidos para “meditar”, comer y hacer yoga en el hermoso Samaipata. Pongo “meditar” entre comillas porque no hubo tal, y la idea fue rápidamente reemplazada por cervezas y vino, que sinceramente nadie puede rechazar.

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Cabaña en la naturaleza, fuego, comida, charlas, anécdotas, risas y mucha comida. Ya saben como son estas reuniones. Lo genial fue que se formo un super equipo de producción artística que resultara en un video hermoso que pronto verán. Mis amigos son unos genios artistas y cada cual es un personaje en el grupo, distintas ideas, distintas personalidades. Muero por ver el resultado final ! Pronto pronto esperen noticias.

 

IMG_8654IMG_1172Que comimos? Todo al fuego fue la consigna. Todos los hermosos vegetales orgánicos y locales que encontramos en el mercado, las frutas, las sobras. Nos faltó poner el vino al fuego ! La magia del fuego, que ademas de darle un sabor increíble a todo, genera un circulo a su alrededor para compartir mucho mas que solo una comida. Lo hacemos desde que descubrimos el fuego, sentarnos alrededor y compartir conocimientos, sabiduría, canciones, ideas. Hay algo en el fuego muy mágico. Que ganas de vivir en el campo y ser host de encuentros como este !

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Yo he estado obsesionada con los steaks de coliflor hace un par de semanas, y pues se dieron las condiciones perfectas para hacerlos. Una vista increíble, animales y una huerta orgánica alrededor, y un grupo de comensales muertos de hambre que comió feliz aunque me olvide de muchos pasos e incluso de ponerles sal ! Jajaja. Pero si te dan comida hecha con amor y ademas tienes hambre todo sabe bien no?

Y si estas en la ciudad ? Prepáralos un domingo en un asado con los amigos ! O en tu casa si quieres mimarte con una cena para 1. Solo prende el horno, calienta bien tu mejor sartén y usa la licuadora para hacer el puré.

Steaks de  Coliflor con Chimichurri y Puré rústico de Coliflor y Ajos asados

4 personas

Ingredientes:

Para los steaks y chimichurri:

  • 2 cabezas grandes de coliflor
  • 1 ramita de perejil, lavado y finamente picado
  • 1 ramita de cebollín, lavado y finamente picado
  • 2 dientes de ajo, pelados y finamente picados
  • 1 trocito de jengibre, pelado y finamente picado
  • 3 limones, jugo
  • 1/2 pimiento rojo, finamente picado
  • Sal y pimienta al gusto

Para el puré:

  • Flores de coliflor, que saldrán al cortar las dos cabezas grandes de coliflor para los steaks.
  • 1 cabeza de ajo, entera
  • 2 cucharas de aceite de oliva
  • Jugo de 1 limón
  • Sal y pimienta al gusto

 

Preparación:

  1. Cortar las cabezas de coliflor en dos por el centro, con el tallo hacia abajo. No remover el tallo ya que este sujetará nuestros steaks. Luego, comenzando por el centro hacia afuera, y cortando de arriba hacia el tallo, cortar rodajas de coliflor de 1 cm de espesor aprox. Por cada coliflor a mi me salen 2 a 3 steaks, luego al llegar a las puntas, como ya no tienen el tallo que los sujete, simplemente cortar las flores que quedan, en trozos pequeños y separarlos.
  2. Juntar todos los ingredientes del chimichurri en una fuente grande, sal pimentar a gusto y colocar los steaks en esta preparación para que se marinen aprox 20 minutos.
  3. Mientras tanto, cortar ambos extremos de la cabeza de ajo entera y envolverla en papel aluminio con el aceite de oliva. Colocarlo en el horno pre calentado a temperatura media, o si estas usando la parilla, colocarlos directamente a las brasas por aproximadamente 15 minutos. Remover y dejar enfriar.
  4. Mientras los ajos de cocinan, y los steaks se marinan, colocar una olla mediana con agua hirviendo y sal, las flores que nos quedaron de coliflor y hervirlas por 5 a 10 minutos, hasta que queden suaves al tocarlas con un tenedor. Escurrir y reservar.
  5. Sacar los ajos del horno o de las brasas y pelarlos y ahora hay dos opciones: Puedes colocar los ajos con las flores de coliflor cocidas, el aceite de oliva, sal y pimienta y jugo de limón a una licuadora y procesar todo hasta obtener un puré suave, o utilizar un pisa puré y obtendrás un puré mas rústico. Es cuestión de gustos y posibilidades.
  6. Cuando nuestra parrilla o sartén esté bien caliente, colocar los steaks  y cocinarlos aproximadamente 10 minutos por lado, hasta que queden bien dorados y crujientes, y suaves en el centro.
  7. Servir los steaks con el puré y el resto de chimichurri encima. Pueden acompañarlos también con una ensalada fresca.

Si se animan, coloquen frutas en la parilla para el postre ! Nosotros pusimos rodajas de piña y rodajas de naranja y fueron un hit ! Caramelizadas y tibias, deliciosas !

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Gracias a todos mis amigos queridos por hacer este viaje conmigo ! Se los ama ❤ Negro faltas tú en la foto.

PD: Cayara, la próxima no te salvas.

Shakshuka on busy days

Hello people,

These weeks have been really crazy and busy. I started Food blogging lessons on a beautiful cooking school and they are awesome and fun and I’m learning from a lot of people I admire, so my next post should be better ( i hope ) cause I’m supposed to be learning things. And i have a new camera ! I hope my pictures now look more pro. What do you think?

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Also wanted to tell  you guys I had a crisis today with Hernan cause I think I’m failing as a health couch to him, he doesn’t seem more interested in food and eating healthier, to me he’s not making progress even though i know it’s a big change and it’s gonna take some time, but today i think i gave up on him. I’m being to hard on him? Should i be more patient or should he be making a bigger effort? Should i really give up on him eating healthier? This has nothing to do with our relationship, we’re doing great, although distance is a bitch, but what about him NOT falling in love with food , wich is a huge part of my life?

Anyway, this week’s recipe is absolute easy to do, delicious and you can have it as breakfast, lunch or dinner !

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So this is what you’ll need:

Shakshuka

Serves 4

Ingredients: 

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium  red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups ripe diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chill powder (mild)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste spicy!)
Pinch of  brown sugar (options, to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
5-6 eggs
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)

Whole weat pita bread to soak on the juicy sauce and yolks 😉

Preparation:

1.Heat a deep, large skillet or sauté pan on medium.  Slowly warm olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
Add the bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened. Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir till blended. Add spices and sugar, stir well, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes till it starts to reduce. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste, more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or more cayenne pepper for a spicier shakshuka (be careful with the cayenne… it is extremely spicy!).

2. Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the tomato mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. Now here is where i put the skillet in the oven, but if your pan is not oven proof or you just don’t want to turn the oven on,  you can just cover the pan.

3.Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced. Keep an eye on the skillet to make sure that the sauce doesn’t reduce too much, which can lead to burning. Garnish with the chopped parsley.

Easy right? enjoy with a warm piece of bread.

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Best dinners ever !
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yummy Shakshuka

And this is Hernan’s Shakshuka !

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Hernan’s Shakshuka

So, i love middle eastern exotic flavors, but reacently i also discovered one of my favorite movies from Turkey, It’s beautiful. Please watch it. I already saw it like 5 times:

“The Virgin Suicides” meets “The Castle of Purity”. That’s “Mustang” from the French director of Turkish origin Deniz Gamze  Ergüven. If we take a little of the mood of the film Sofia Copolla and mix it with the obsessions of the Mexican Arturo Ripstein in his film “The Castle of Purity”  we get something very close to “Mustang”. Five orphaned teenagers facing their growing desire for freedom against a conservative society. The view of the film is led by the youngest sister, who sees the future before his eyes and realizes she doesn’t want that future for herself. The identification is immediate. Impossible not to love and follow it for the rest of the 90 minutes. Rebellious, brave and extreme. That’s Lale.They say that when you’re young, time passes quickly and leaves nothing but  in “Mustang” leaves a lot, especially scars.

The film is based on the personal experiences of the director, who since a teen lives in France and because of her condition of being a woman has felt the need to raise awareness of the situation in which women are  treated in some conservative regions of her country.

The film becomes very claustrophobic  at moments while displays in a  hyper realistic way the awakening of youth drives that are constrained by the social and religious intransigence of the country where the story is set. Do not be fooled by the tone of the first minutes of the film. It is not a light comedy about teenagers with light conflicts. It is an emotional and captivating experience that will give you shaking chills.

Love,

Hernan

It’s my birthday and i wish i was in Thailand

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Hello people!

This week’s post is a little late because yesterday was my birthday and i was celebrating with my BF here in NYC and Hernan via FaceTime. God bless 21st century technology.

Last week we did something super special ! Hernan and i cooked together for the first time  It was super fun! . You can check the pics of his successful dish 😉

I’ve been thinking a lot about travels and the nomad life i wanna have , at least for a while, remembering all the places i have visited and also thinking about all the places i still don’t know and wanna go. Since i’m a little kid  i’ve wanted to go to Thailand. I didn’t even knew where Thailand was. To me this was always a mysterious exotic land, elephants and hidden beaches i have to visit before i die, (I’m sure Leo DiCaprio made us all think about Thailand even once). But there’s also food ! and i can’t help thinking about Thai curry. So this week we did that.

There are probably more authentic Tai dishes , but for someone who never cooked with coconut milk before (Hernan) this was quiete a journey, and it’s a classic dish in my life. It’s super easy and you can use any veggies you have on the fridge. you could also add some animal protein, but give veggie dishes a chance in your life 😉 .

This are the ingredients you’ll need:

Coconut Thai Veggie Curry

Serves 4

Main ingredients:

1 cup broccoli stalks

2 medium carrots, diced (i never peel carrots but i wash them really good)

2 medium onion, diced

2 red and green peppers, chopped

1 cup toasted cashew nuts, or peanuts

a bunch of chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 cup of mixed grains. We used brown rice, wild rice and 3 color quinoa

3 tsp toasted sesame seed, for garnish

3 cups coconut milk

neutral vegetable oil (don’t use olive oil)

salt and pepper to taste

For the curry paste:

2 garlic cloves

1 piece of fresh ginger

3 tsp of curry powder  ( i used a medium hot one)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 lemon, zest and juice

Preparation:  

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add salt and the rice and quinoa mix. cook for 20 min., drain and reserve.

2. Mix all the ingredients for the curry paste in a small blender, until you get a thick paste texture. You can also grate the ingredients to create a paste.

3. To make the curry, warm a large skillet with deep sides over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add 2 tablespoons of oil, add the curry paste and cook until your whole kitchen smells like a exotic land, add the broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions  and cook them till they’re fork tender ( i like my veggies crunchy), add the coconut milk and simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes. Add the cashew nuts. Divide rice and curry into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seed. You can add chopped chili peppers or chili flakes if you like it spicy 😉

Enjoy !

I would love to hear from you. If you make any recipe in this blog please let me know how it goes !

This is my curry, which i ate with my BF Yashira:

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And this is Hernan’s dish ! (pretty awesome right?)

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This week’s movie is a movie i love with all my heart. It’s from a Thai director (to keep with the Thai theme) and this is Hernan review:

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Talking with  Mariana, she told me about her taste for films, in which, she said, “Nothing happens”.I , staunch defender of genre film , with structures , presentation of characters , leit motives, plot twists and many other things , I met the most amazing girl in the world but she loves movies where ” nothing happens”. If that is not a paradox , I do not know what else can be. That was not the most shocking. A couple of days later, she admitted to having never seen “Rocky” . What to do? Run away in terror or try to understand what she enjoys in those films where ” nothing happens” ? I obviously opted for option two and asked her to recommend a movie to write my first review . Within minutes , I was downloading “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” of Thai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The title presaged magical realism – perhaps the worst word used after love – and previous filmography of the director told me that this would be an inaccessible and experimental film. Oh, the things you do for love, right?
The film tells the story of Uncle Boonmee , who suffers from acute kidney failure and decides to end his days among his people in the field. Surprisingly, the ghost of his dead wife and his missing son appear to him to accompany. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee goes through the jungle with his family to reach a cave on top of a hill , where he first came to the world.
The first thing that happened to me was to enter into a state of relaxation . The film encourages it . It is part of the process and the implicit agreement that the viewer does with the director. I was soon attracted by what was happening on screen but equally I immersed myself in a heady feeling  difficult to explain in words . After seeing it, looking for some information about the movie , I read the statements of Tim Burton who defined it as a ” strange and pleasant sleep ” . Burton ‘s prize it with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago . There I understood that what happened to me was not because of fatigue or mental stunning for the flu i’m incubating, but is a general feeling for people facing the film.
The first fifteen minutes tried  to find a classical structure , a clear conflict of turns and points at times when they should fall. The experience from that point of view was frustrating. But then I remembered the words of my film teacher ” Feel, then think”. And that was how I began to enjoy it. Because that is “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”. To let go through that journey that we parallel with the protagonist. The film is not simplistic or anything, in fact is full of cultural and spiritual references and has a dark tone. The sound design is incredibly powerful and the most amazing thing is that is nourished by the sounds of nature to make us surrender to the powers of the primary. 
Something as with the so-called brain orgasms or ASMR . Basic elements that generate sensations linked to the primary comfort. Naturally. To childhood or the capriciousness of memory. Everything we find in this unusual film.
It is the work of a filmmaker with ancient wisdom playing with the possibilities of modern art.
I’m still loving “Rocky” and its classic and predictable structure, but from now on , when someone tells me that “nothing happens in a movie”  I’ll take my doubt  away watching it.

Love

Hernan

Hello World !

IMG_5497IMG_5499Hello world !
My name is Mariana Gutierrez and i just realized i wanna be a Food Blogger. Why? well, i just did a 6 month solo backpacker trip, from Colombia to Mexico, and it was an eye opener experience. I realized i want to keep moving and traveling and living in different cities and countries, i want to keep exploring, eating new fruits, meeting different cultures and getting out of my comfort zone.
And then there’s food, my biggest passion since i am a kid. Cooking is something i have in my genes, my whole family cooks for a living. Every family celebration is around food and food is always the main topic in our conversations.
So writing a blog combines my two passions, y get to write it from any location, i get to share with you what i eat, i get to tell you a little bit about the places i go, the flavors and culture, and i get to learn new cooking skills and share them with you.
So right know im 31, living for a while in New York and i recently found the love of my life. Yes ! sounds like all my dreams came true. There’s one detail though: my boyfriend couldn’t care less about food.
I’m vegetarian and crazy health addict. My boyfriend is an Argentinean carnivore, horror film maker, and absolutely incapable of cooking. And it’s really frustrating not being able to share your passion with the one you love. So we’re gonna start and experiment. Wanna be part of it?
I forgot to mention that Hernan (boyfriend) and i haven’t meet in person yet. He’s coming to New York in December, so meanwhile i want to introduce him into the healthy vegetarian cooking world.
We’re gonna be making simple recipes together (via video call) and i’ll post the recipe and both results, mine and his.
The good thing is we both share the passion for movies, so we’ll also be giving you movie recommendations and reviews.
I’ll share with you guys the love, food and movies we like.

So, first things first. Grocery shopping list !
This are my basics, on a budget (Argentina has so many politic and economic problems right now, that its not easy to find all ingredients with out going broke)

1. A nice extra virgen olive oil
2. Seasonal fruits (yes, he doesn’t even eat fruits)
3. Greek or natural unsweet yoghurt
4. A good organic granola, until we live together and can make our own granola (we’ll be posting the recipe)
5. Multi cereal bread
6. Green leaves
7. Vegetables. He doesn’t like any, so the basics like onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, etc
8. Beans, chickpeas, lentils
9. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts
10. Seeds, like sunflower, pumpkin and sesame
11. Cereals: quinoa, wild rice, cous cous, whole wheat pasta
12. Seasonings: sea salt, grain black pepper, curry, chiles, paprika, dijon mustard, coconut milk, tahini.
13. Fresh herbs
14. Raw organic honey
15. A good bottle of win, although i think we agree on this item.

And things he needs to get rid of:

1. White refined sugar
3. White rice
4. White wheat flower
5. White pasta
6. Frozen chicken (milanezas congeladas)
7. Industrial mayonaise
8. Cola Soda
9. Cream cheese
10. Soy sauce full of sodium
11. Fake mustard.

That’s it for now ! with this ingredients we’ll try to make some recipe this week and be posting about it. So talk to you soon !

This movie’s week recommendation is: Captain Fantastic !
We went to the movies with my best friend (living with her in NY) and saw it and loved it !
She’s also a film maker and she did the beautiful illustrated shopping list in this post. So this is her review :

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Sweet Child O’ Mine
I recently moved to NYC and every single day starts along huge emotions embracing my new life. One of the most lovely Sundays I had since I got here was the day me and my best friend went to BAM Rose Cinemas, we had no idea how awesome this place was gonna be but it made our day (and it is in our neighborhood!). So we chose to watch Captain Fantastic just because we felt something special was going on with this film.
Since the very first image of the movie my heart got crystallized and every single scene took me away to childhood memories and  remind me of a warm safe place to be. There’s so much love on the details, script, the soundtrack, the wardrobe, art direction, photography and OMG the characters! They represent all the magical persons we ever wanted to be.
It is a complex history with many sub-stories about how to rise your children away from the capitalism system and away from what today’s society imposes you about your life. And it shows you there are ways to do it right.
So basically it’s when you want to just say: Fuck it! I just don’t want to be part of this monster anymore.
And with this movie you can travel beyond that, and think about your own decisions and about yourself. The whole movie makes you feel as “if I’d stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry” And man you cry.
It remind me of my own parents, and I understood them: They were so hippies, and so wrong. But no, they were young and they were doing the best for me, so I regretted for every mistake they made and I say, I understand you now. When you do things with your heart you can be wrong sometimes, but eventually the love will rise and it will be just fine. And I thank my parents for that.
This movie is hiper-ultra-hipster but certainly has a style blessed by God and a hypnotic way to seduce you like a Demond. So beware, you may fall in love, you may cry, but you will have a great time for sure, and you are not allowed to forget it.
Sweet love of mine.
YJ