Recipe: Weeknight Paella

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Making Paella is quite the trick. Making authentic paella is even harder. My mission this week was to make a simple, yet flavorful paella for our Spanish Global Table. Something easy enough for a Monday, but special enough for a Friday. One that would be rather... well... business in front, party in the back. Or maybe not. Friends, I did my research. In fact, I spent a lot of time reading mediocre online reviews of what should have been amazing paella recipes. These … [Read more...]

Menu: Spain

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This is such an exciting week at the Global Table. We're finally cooking Spain. Let me tell you what... she's sweet, crunchy, saffron-loaded, and blooming with smoked paprika. And she's also... well... a little off. You see, I made a teeny weeny mistake on this menu (see Very Important Note #2, below). With humble apologies, I'd like to share this Spanish proverb and hope that we can be... One who draws water from stones. Saca agua de las pierdras.* i.e. Let's be resourceful and make … [Read more...]

About the food of Spain

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Here we are. Spain. No pressure. (bonkers pressure!) When I started this lil' ol' Global Table Adventure, I honestly wasn't sure we'd make it this far. That was more than three years ago. I had a six month-old cooing in my arms. And cooking 162 countries (let alone 195 - now 196 with the addition of South Sudan) seemed all but a fairy tale. But I plugged on. One dish per week. And so, here we are. We made it to the 163rd country! Spain. A rocky land, with a giant dry plateau … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Slovenia

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"What you build easily will fall quickly" - Slovenian Proverb I rarely take the time to bake any more. Life keeps getting in the way. Meetings, obligations - the stuff of adulthood. This week, thanks to Slovenia, I had the opportunity to use my hands to shape, braid, and decorate an ornate loaf of Slovenian Heart Bread. As I worked, I was surprised to find myself overcome with relief. Working flour, water, egg, sugar, and butter together into a smooth ball felt like an old friend, come home … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bean n’ Barley Soup | Ričet

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Slovenia is known for her soups - each bite captures the taste of the earth and sky, rolling hills and grand mountains. They are the answer to frosted windows, the worst sort of bone-chill, and that scratchy feeling in the back of the throat. Slovenian soup is the sunshine to your snowy day. Today, in particular, we explore Ričet, one of the more beloved soups found throughout Slovenia. She's made with barley, a soft, earthy grain that reminds me faintly of pasta, but chewier … [Read more...]

Recipe: Braided Heart Bread | Pleteno Srce

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We are closing in on spring ...  that special time of year, when weddings and baby showers sprinkle our calendars, and everything is awash in the promise of new love. In Slovenia, such times are marked with Pleteno Scre - an ornamental, braided, tender loaf of bread, shaped into a heart. Pleteno Scre is an honored gift. The slightly sweet loaves are painstakingly decorated with edible tokens, like wedding rings and flowers (as I have done), or even astonishingly detailed birds, or paper thin … [Read more...]

Menu: Slovenia

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"Pray for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing." - Slovenian Proverb This old Slovenian proverb teaches a clear lesson: it is the work we put into life that ultimately leads to the "good harvest." We must roll up our sleeves and put in the hard hours and back breaking labor. There's simply no escaping it. Case in point: Slovenia is known for her comforting food, seemingly plucked straight from the countryside, but much goes into the effort, whether it be the extra fancy, ornate Pleteno Srce … [Read more...]

About the food of Slovenia

Ptuj, Slovenia. Photo by Marcin Gierszner.

This week we explore a land of sharp mountains and sunlit grasses, where sheep meander and grapevines hang heavy with fruit. This is Slovenia, a natural wonderland, a place where the simple way of life is preferred. Nowhere is this clearer, than in the food. There are salads of bitter dandelion greens (harvested from right outside the back door) tossed with potato and hard-boiled egg, and bowls of sliced cucumbers in sour cream.  There are turnip strudels (!) and cranberry stuffed … [Read more...]