A good soup is the best remedy against bugs

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Thank you very much for all the expressions of sympathy and encouragement we have received in the past few days, including a very nice message form Ms. Sarah, one of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. Slowly, yet steadily, we are recovering our lost mental and physical strength as a consequence of a febrile-articular syndrome after receiving the two dosages of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. However, we are still praising the medical, psychological and social advantages of vaccinating against the lethal SARS-C0V-2 virus. If our children would not have gotten us the appointment in Jackson South Hospital, we could not have survived a random infection with it.

When we were kids, both our “French” and “Italian” grandmothers (they were both born in Uruguay but faithfully followed the cultural guidelines of their country of ancestry) would invariably prepare a good soup to fix an ailment. Had a fever, get a soup. Had a toothache, get a soup. Had sadness, get a soup, etc. We were literally over-souped. Therefore, following family traditions, we prepared this soup with plenty of potatoes, veggies and arborio rice. Voilà!

We have fixed a serving of our concoction. Just by being surrounded by its bewitching aroma, we are feeling better.

Please join us at our humble table for this time-tested remedy against all bugs and plenty of conversation. Enjoy it!

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A gnocchiatta alla Dotta Pellegrina to dispel the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Happy Sunday. To dispel the last symptoms of our moderately serious reaction to the second shot of the PfizerBioNtech vaccine that we got on Monday, we fixed an energizing dish of gnocchi with the Dotta Pellegrina sauce.

Then we boiled the potato gnocchi and served them on a plate, to the delight of our family members. Eccole qua! 

Do you think this might do the trick to fully replenish all our lost energies? Here is a serving for your consideration.

Buon appetito!

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Thank you Zuuk Med Kitchen

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. During our long journey through the writing trails we have relied on the prompt delivery of a few selected vendors to keep us healthily fed and enthusiastic all along the way. One of the very best has been Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, a small resto in the Brickell section of Miami that specializes in dishes based on the freshest vegetables and grilled meats. Here it is.

Due to the pandemic restrictions in force in Metro Dade County at the present time, there is only table service outside in the cozy terrace or pick-up and delivery. Here is the super-clean inside.

As you can see, all the personnel is duly masked and handles your orders with the utmost care.

Our latest take-out order was fixed by Ms. María, its lovely and proficient manager. Here she is.

Finally she gracefully, briefly lowered her mask so we could capture her bewitching smile. Guapa!

Note -The above pictures were provided by Wilson Araujo at Instagram wilsonaraujophoto.

When we opened the package at home, we had a great meal with some fortifying Beck’s beer. We especially like the bowl with basmatic turmeric rice ,veggies, grilled lamb and tzatziki sauce.

In their website, they claim that they prepare “fast causal food” but there is nothing casual about their respectful approach to modern healthy fare prepared under the strictest norms of hygiene.

Lately we ordered their new dish of gyro platter with plenty of veggies. Another success story.

We ordered it with extra meat and got some humongous milanese-slices of gyro meat. Fantastic.

We would like to thank Ms. Jess, at their corporate headquarters, for welcoming us in their shop.

Bon apétit!

Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

1250 South Miami Avenue, Suite 105

Miami, Fl 33130

Tel: (305)200-3145

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Salud Señora Sopa!

“Entre la sopa y el amor, la primera es la mejor.”

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we woke up an irresistible urge to cook and eat (or drink, however you want to call it) a good peasant’s soup full of healthy potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and corn. Therefore we already laid out the battery of necessary ingredients, as you can see below.

As a carbohydrate base, we will use some semolina pasta like the Casarecce (small fucilli) Someone might point out that we are not using any kind of meat, note even some chicken. This has been done on purpose as our impoverished Basque and Italian ancestors were mostly poor field laborers and sheep herdsmen that could only afford it on special occasions like Christmas. Vegetarians by necessity, they always managed to compensate for the lack of animal proteins.

Commenting on our article about a luscious pasta dish with a Bechamel sauce that we posted last Sunday, our dearest friend Chrissie suggested that we should describe the recipe so some enthusiasts might follow our steps (why do women always ask you to work more, never less?) Your wishes are an order for moi, dear Chrissie, so we will post a few pictures of the process.

We will use the condiments pictured above, including the fabulous Moringa powder. which we have written about in a previous Wellness series’ article. In these difficult times, we need all the strength we can muster so we will use the Indian condiment that our dear daughter gave us.

We are going to post the picture first and then some accompanying yada-yada (not too much)

First boil some water in a pot (fill it at half capacity to allow the contents and steam’s expansion)  Drop the cube and start stirring; we always use two cubes to make the broth much stronger.

Stir. Stir. Stir. In order to avoid lumping and to maximize flavor, you got to have a strong biceps.

First drop the cut potatoes as they will take longer to cook. However, you must check that they are only half-cooked before you go the following step. We are not preparing a pureé here. We  recommend an 8-10 minutes cooking time; check the potatoes until you can half-pierce them.

Keep stirring. One, Two. One. Two. Don’t despair. Your family will thank you for the effort. Stir!

Now it’s time for all the veggies. Be careful. Do not cook for more than 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

Now it’s time for the booster that stopped the Macedonian Army of Alexander the Great in its march through Northern India (you didn’t check our article yet?) Put two big spoonfuls aprox.

Finally it’s time for the pasta. If you use a semolina variety, cook for at least 10 more minutes. Now it’s the time to use condiments to flavor the broth. Do not exaggerate with any of them.

After half an hour of toiling at the kitchen, we have our peasant soup. You can add a little dollop of rich parmesan cheese to counter the slight sourness of the Moringa. Voilà! Bon apétit!

 

We hope that our readers, and especially our beloved Chrissie, will be satisfied with this result.

Note. The expression in Castilian language at the top of the page means: “Between soup and love, the first one is the best.”

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Une belle soupe campagnarde pour épouvanter tous les mauvais esprits

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. As if we did not have enough human tragedy and worries in this battered region of  Florida, last night they announced that Isaias, a tropical storm-hurricane category 1 entity, would pass by our shores, with the always present threat of making landfall. Luckily we were spared the worst scenario, but it has been raining since the wee hours with some occasional gales of wind. Only now has the sun timidly appeared. In honor of that deliverance, we did what our ancestors (poor sharecroppers and sheep herdsmen that toiled in the fields of absentee landlords from Paris or Roma) would have certainly done to celebrate with their families and thank God Almighty.

And to scare away the ghosts and maleficent spirits that they felt came out in the storm.  

We prepared a thick soup with plenty of vegetables, some alphabet pasta, potatoes and two scrambled eggs (any kind of meat was an unaffordable luxury for any of them) We could count on all the healthy and well-priced ingredients from “our” Whole Foods.

Soupe campagnarde II

Of course you are all invited to share a healthy bowl with us. Let’s sit at the table now.

Soupe campagnarde I

The only concession to our modernity is that big dollop of Parmesan cheese on top of it.

Bon apétit!

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Dreaming about a relaxed picnic in the rolling hills of Provence…

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. After a few weeks of intense cooking at home (and eating it too) we feel obligated to take a pause for more refreshing and healthier alternatives like salads. After a visit to the great Whole Foods supermarket in Miami, we decided to prepare a stuffed salad, reminiscent of the ones we had duly enjoyed in the rolling hills of Provence. Ah!

Ensalada Provenzal I

We prepared a lettuce, tomato, carrots and onions’ salad with plenty of ricotta cheese, avocado, cashews and walnuts. Deliciously crunchy and also a good tonic for our bodies.

Let us close our eyes and imagine that we are in a relaxed picnic with our dear friends. Dreaming awake is a fundamental step towards a more humane environment for all.

Ensalada Provenzal II

Bon Apétit !

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