Chicken and Potato Hash

Strangely, this is the second Guy Fieri recipe I’m trying this week…and I’ve only ever tried one other recipe of his before in the past.

This was ok. I’m usually more of a white meat girl, but used the chicken thighs this time for a change. This is one of those meals that’s great to make when you don’t know what to make and you just toss in a bunch of things you already have lying around your kitchen. A good “standby” dish. We just paired it with a spinach salad. Overall, a fairly healthy meal (minus the dark meat). Oh, and he called for Queso Fresco. Well, I’m not supposed to eat that kind of cheese while I’m pregnant (unfortunately because it’s so good!). So, I used Ricotta Salata instead. This is the first time I’ve tried this cheese. After years of watching Giada De Laurentis, I figured it was about time. I have to say, I wasn’t very impressed with it. Not sure if I’d use it again…

So, ingredients I used are chicken thighs, small red potatoes, red onion, green and red bell peppers, jalepeno pepper, beer, salt, pepper…I think that’s it?

Asian noodles and salmon…home cookin’

I’m going to try and start blogging about the yummy dishes we make at home. Yesterday I made an asian noodle salad (inspired by a Guy Fieri recipe) and baked salmon.

The salad consisted of soba noodles (made of buckwheat), napa cabbage, red bell peppers, carrots, celery, cilantro, soy sauce, olive oil, hoisin, sriracha, sesame oil, lemon juice, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, and rice wine vinegar. Really good. I thought salmon would go well with this kind of dish, as it usually fits well with asian inspired meals. All I did was put a little salt, pepper, and olive oil on the salmon and bake it in the oven at 375 for about 25 minutes. The entire dish came together really well…AND we have noodle salad left over to eat with our hot dogs (organic turkey) tonight.

I won’t blog about tonight’s dinner because honestly how much can you say about hot dogs? They’ll be on whole wheat buns and be topped with veggie chili and slaw I picked up from Cincy’s today.

Bar Inopia (Barcelona)

We heard about Bar Inopia before traveling to Barcelona. Inopia is an innovative tapas restaurant and is owned by Albert Adria, brother of Feran Adria who owns El Bulli (which is outside of Barcelona and considered the most famous restaurant in the world). We went there our first night in Barcelona and had an amazing meal. Not only was food great, but this is where we met a great group of people (from Chicago but now living in Barcelona), who showed us some great spots in the city a few days later.

We started off our meal with chicharones (pork rinds), mixture of olives, and anchovies with white vinegar and olive oil. If anchovies tasted the way they did in Barcelona, we would be eating a lot more of them in the States. There was none of that oversalted, brown, canned fish. This tasted as if it were just caught and filleted that day. Oh, and the olives were not like the canned variety you buy here…they had the perfect amount of salt and didn’t need any seasonings to mask their intense flavors. Our favorite was the larger green olive called the Manzanilla olive.

Next up, fried artichokes. These were not of the canned variety. These were freshly peeled, battered, and fried artichokes with a sprinkle of salt on top. They didn’t need any dips or sauces, the flavors were amazing as it was. And now comes the Batatas Bravas. Now we’re talking fried goodness! It’s hard to relay how fried potatoes can taste so good…but these were not even your typical batatas bravas — medium cut potato pieces, deep fried, topped with a red sauce and a sort of sour cream.

The ham croquettas were smooth, yummy, oozy pieces of lusciousness. The fried sardines were pretty good. Not life changing, but good.

Onto dessert…the pineapple with molasses and lime zest was a surprising treat for the palate. Usually I want my chocolate, but this made me forget that. So refreshing with a touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the pineapple. We also enjoyed a cortado and almond cake
(which was delicious as well).

Overall, Inopia is a place you want to visit when you go to Barcelona. It’s hip, frequented by tourists and locals alike…be prepared to wait outside for a spot…