Like I posted previously, I took a most wonderful trip with my family back home and visited Spain, Italy and Corsica.
My sister who lives in Amsterdam, was home base for us while we were in Holland. Her husband loves to eat and cook and drink :-), so he and I can talk for hours and spend timing discussing food and cooking over some good red wine.
He wanted to grill lobster one night, so we did.
After a quick boil (just 4 minutes) we sliced them in half and we slathered them with some home made garlic and basil butter. LOTS of garlic. Grilling them gives it a really nice flavor, but be careful not to boil them to long or they will get tough from the heat on the grill.
I made a big stir fry of veggies with a “provencale” taste to it. This is easy to make. Gather fresh zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomato, garlic, and some medium spiced pepper. Saute in butter with a bit of white wine and a few dashes of herb provencale.
Being back in Europe I realised that old fashioned markets used to be an integral part of daily life. Here’s my girlfriend at a fish monger stand at a market in Amsterdam.
My kids really loved the markets they got to see in Spain. I was blown away once again with the enormous selection of super fresh seafood.
Fresher eel than above is hard to find.
the town of Valencia Spain, is the birthplace of Paella. It was everywhere and it was delcious. They make many different kinds, and not just with seafood. They also like to make it with chicken and rabbit. My son tried the rabbit , just so he could tell his friends that he ate it.
Here the sun is coming up on the island of Corsica.
More to come. Enjoy the day and eat real food.