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A menu of dishes like a chickpea and cauliflower curry, mussels with cider and shallots, beetroot soup and roasted garlic with egg, or homemade muffins makes January’s gastronomic climb a lot more bearable. Christmas is over, so we can’t think of anything better than to top the festive nostalgia with our recipes this week. All naturally prepared with seasonal fruit, vegetables and of course fish.
Monday 16 January
FIRST: CAULIFLOWER WITH ORANGE, ALMONDS AND HONEY
We suggest another sauce that enhances the sweet character of this vegetable. This way you can prove to a skeptic at the next meal that cauliflower does not taste like gas.
SECOND: ROAST CHICKEN: AN EASY RECIPE WITHOUT THE OVEN
The lack of a stove is a common problem in small apartments, and the power consumption worries those who have a stove. This recipe allows you to cook a whole, juicy and flavorful chicken without turning it on.
DESSERT: FELIPS OF FORNOS
We have rediscovered some Madrid cakes from the beginning of the last century. Because endangered desserts cause us almost the same grief as whales, lynxes or bee-eaters.
Tuesday January 17th
FIRST: GRILLED CARROTS WITH PINEAPPLE PESTO
A simple twist on the classic pesto sauce makes it a fresh accompaniment to veggies and meat: add some pineapple with its acidity and sweetness at the same time.
SECOND: LEMON SPAGHETTI
The fragrant aroma of Mediterranean citrus perfectly permeates the long pasta. In order for the recipe to work out well, we only have to calculate the cooking times well.
DESSERT: SEASONAL FRUIT: ORANGE
We’re sorry to tell you that oranges don’t cure colds, but they’re delicious nonetheless.
Wednesday January 18th
FIRST: FRIED LEEKS WITH ALMONDS
This recipe is from Albert Adrià, but you don’t need his last name to cook it. The key to the dish is to roast the leeks in the oven to give them a smoky note.
SECOND: ROASTED CABBAGE WITH CITRUS BUTTER
A simple, quick and clean way to prepare cabbage – a heavy dressing is all you need to go from unsightly veggies to real indulgence.
Why buy cupcakes when they are so easy to make? These queens of breakfast and snacks can be customized to suit our preferences with a pinch of science.
Thursday January 19th
FIRST: BEETROOT SOUP WITH FRIED GARLIC WITH EGG
It’s worth turning on the oven to get this cream with all the flavor of caramelized beets and roasted garlic. The addition of the boiled egg can make it a perfect unique dish.
SECOND: WHITE BEANS IN GREEN SAUCE
A 100% traditional and 100% vegetarian stew to brave the winter cold. Fast, cheap and delicious, these beans will restore your confidence in classic recipes.
DESSERT: SEASONAL FRUIT: KIWI
Kiwi is in season and is one of the fruits with the highest concentration of vitamin C. Ideal for colds.
Friday January 20th
FIRST: GALICIAN OCTOPUS WITH POTATOES
Preparing these popular tapas at home is as easy or as difficult as using good raw ingredients and hitting the right amount of seasoning and cooking point so the squid is tender but not chewy.
SECOND: MUSSELS WITH CIDRE AND SHALLOTS
Mussels are very healthy and cheap mollusks. Here we prepare them in a lightning-fast cider and shallot sauce that, when we add their own juices, becomes a flavor bomb.
DESSERT: CHEESE AND LEMON FLLANTS
The flan and creamy cheese go really well together, and the lemon zest adds a delicious aroma. This citrus version of our favorite homemade dessert will give us so much pleasure that it’s worth doubling up and keeping some in the fridge.
Saturday January 21st
MAIN DISH: CHICKPEAS AND CAULIFLOWER CURRY
A quick Indian stew that calls for an ode to the spoon on the coldest of nights. It comes with a gift idea to get rid of the fear of making our own curry mixes.
DESSERT: SEASONAL FRUIT: MANDARIN
Ok: The smell of tangerines is not so easy to wash off your fingers, but compared to its juiciness it is the lesser evil.
Sunday January 22nd
MAIN DISH: Cod with mustard crust
It’s fresh cod season, and we’re taking the opportunity to cook it in the oven with a bread crust flavored with Dijon mustard. In case you don’t have it handy in that format, we’ll also give you some desalination tips.
DESSERT: GINGER, CARDAMOM AND BUTTER COOKIES
Soft, tangy, buttery, sweet and dangerous because you can eat 20 without realizing it. So these biscuits are perfect to accompany a cup of tea or chocolate on a cold winter afternoon.
the drink of the weekend
The recipe is an adaptation of the vodka world of the whiskey smash served at London’s Soho bar The Lucky Pig.
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