All in Home Cooking

(My) Introduction to Poke

This summer, I've started making poke, the Hawaiian salad of seafood. It's just the perfect dish when it's hot outside, and you don't want to turn on the stove. You just cut up the fish, and mix it with some onion, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil... maybe some honey and citrus too, if you like.

And with just some salad, dinner is ready! (Oh, and it's paleo-friendly, grain-free, low-carb too, if you're into that sort of thing).

Here's an octopus kimchi poke I made. Octopus poke is super easy to make in Spain, because they sell bags of frozen sliced, cooked octopus. So you can keep a bag in the freezer, and just defrost, mix with the ingredients, and done!

But it wasn't until I came back to California this summer that I went to my. first. poke bar!!

I know! I felt like such a country bumpkin when I stood in front of the menu board bewildered by the myriad of options, not knowing what to choose. Even more of a country bumpkin when I told my cousin to go in front of me to order, telling her that I was a beginner at poke, and she looked at me in shock. Haha!


Expat Thanksgiving, another year


This being my third year cooking Thanksgiving in Spain, I'm lucky now that I have friends I can invite to Thanksgiving, and I've gotten the routine of cooking Thanksgiving with local ingredients and resources pretty down pat!

Cooking at Home: Arroz al horno


Arroz al horno is very similar to paella in that it is rice, it is yellow, and it has meat and other stuff on top. But while paella is usually reserved for extended family get-togethers on the weekend, arroz al horno is known as a weekday dish.