WOOHOOO!! A few days ago I arrived in Mallorca, that's in beautiful Spain. When you live in a busy city, in my case Amsterdam, I think it's super important to escape the city from time to time. Inhale some fresh air and surround yourself with beautiful nature instead of concrete walls will definitely do you good!
I'm staying at my friends Summer house in Campos, Mallorca and their house is just mind blowing beautiful! The house is surrounded by their very own lemon, fig, pomegranate, orange and grapefruit trees and the most important space, the kitchen is just... I can't even... It's seriously my dream kitchen! It almost felt like the kitchen was talking to me saying... "Hello Eva, come and cook here with me" delusional or not, I knew I had to create some fabulous cooking here!!
I toasted some homemade (glutenfree) Buckwheat-Nut Bread (I will post this recipe very soon) together with some Eggs sunny side up and topped them off with some fresh parsley and basil. You're probably like, bitch could be lying as you can't see the beautiful bread underneath but bitch ain't lying, pinky swear!! As if this isn't good enough to start my day with my friend J. came to me showing me a bag of Organic Matcha tea! Well I'll be damned, my all time favorite drink in the world even here in Mallorca! Pinch me please, life just got even better :D!!
You probably have noticed, but the last couple of months I've been cooking less and less for myself then I usual do. I was cooking so much for catering that I just didn't feel like cooking again at home. I was relating cooking to work instead of relating it to love, care and joy. Since I'm here I've slowly started to feel connected again to myself, my own needs and the ability to create new dishes without feeling the pressure. Seriously, this feeling I have right now is SOOO GOOD! It's hard to describe it in words what I'm feeling now but in a nutshell, book yourself a f%cking holiday if you're feeling stuck or exhausted. Everybody needs this from time to time!
Ingredients for 4 pers:
- 3 big tomatoes
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 white onion
- 1 garlic glove
- 1 spring onion
- 1/2 red pepper (you can leave this out)
- a spoonful of Ghee (you can use any other oil)
- garnish the dish with some fresh basil leaves (optional)
- organic smoked red pepper powder
- salt and pepper
Chop the tomatoes, half a onion and paprika in medium sized chunks. Drizzle some ghee in a pan and grill the tomatoes and paprika with the seasoning for about 4 minutes. Now add the garlic and red pepper and after 1 minute put everything in a blender and blend it until smooth. Put the sauce back in the pan and put it on low heat and add the springonions. Check the flavor and see if it needs more smoked red pepper, salt or pepper.
Meanwhile grill the asparagus and season them with some salt and pepper. Get yourself another pan and drizzle some more ghee and slowly grill the onion rings, the strong sharp onion flavor will disappear this way and instead you'll get an amazing sweet taste in return. I'm a big sucker for onions prepared this way!
When you set up the plate leave it for 5 minutes before serving. This way the grilled flavors from the asparagus and onions will infuse with the sauce. This way your sauce get much more depth in flavor!
Hope you'll love this recipe as much as my friends and I enjoyed it! Tag me on Instagram when you've tried one of my dishes so I can check out your result!
Have a beautiful great day!!
I am Eva Lia and I am the founder of The Cookteaser - a food blog and whole food catering/event business based in Amsterdam.
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