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Andalusian Courgette Tortilla (Zucchini Omlet)

For this month’s ‘International Food Challenge’, Sharanya of Just Not the Cakes is taking us on a culinary tour of Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is one of the most populous and second largest autonomous communities in Spain , stretching south from sunny cities Cordoba and Seville all the way to Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea . The name “Andalusia” was derived from the Arabic word “ Al- Andalus”. Andalusia boasts many delicious foods offering travelers a chance to stimulate their palettes while exploring. Sharanya gave us 4 very simple recipes from the Andalusian region and I picked the Courgette Tortilla…

Strawberry Mango Gazpacho

Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Pick 2 Ingredients & Cook from a Book Ingredients/ Book: Strawberry & Mango/ Vegetarian Times Dish: Strawberry Mango Gazpacho I didn’t have to look hard for today’s recipe. As I was browsing through this month’s Vegetarian Times magazine, I saw a very vibrant picture of this Strawberry Gazpacho and I really wanted to make it because the picture was so appealing and I had all the ingredients in hand. This was even before Valli announced this month’s BM themes. So I knew right away that one of my combos was going to…

Chickpea Romesco with Saffron-Garlic Rice

This recipe is from Veganomicon by Isa & Terry. I love making nut based dishes, be it nut butters or just ground nuts-I think they make the dish creamy and extremely tasty. Romesco sauce is a Spanish style red sauce that is made with almonds, red pepper, vinegar, roasted tomatoes & garlic. It is typically served with seafood, but in this dish chickpeas are simmered in romesco sauce to make a delicious vegetarian/ vegan entrée. Recipe adapted from Veganomicon. Here’s how I made the Saffron-garlic rice:

Spanish rice with Pinto Beans

I just love all kinds of beans and I try to keep my pantry full with both canned and dried beans (ya.. I agree I go a little over board and buy more stuff than I need. It’s always better to have them when you don’t need them, but not have them when you need them doesn’t feel right). I had of bag of pinto beans (bought a while back), that I finally decided to cook. Dried beans need planning, time and energy to cook(all of these are missing in me on a weekday) , but I decided to finish…