Pumpkin flan


  Hi, how are you doing? Today’s recipe is very simple, perfect for this time of year when pumpkin is the star. After Halloween and while getting ready for thanksgiving, this flan is ideal as a final touch for any dinner or family meal. The crystallized lemon is a plus of decoration and flavor, and…

Lemon cookies, Summer cookies!


In Spain they have the barbarous custom (I have always thought so) that on your Name day or your birthday  you are the one who pays and invites!!! (isn’t it ironic?) Well, these cookies were made for my husband to invite his colleagues on his (and mine) Name day, June 24th, St. John’s. Do you…

Rice with pineapple croquettes


In Panama rice is like bread in Spain. It is present in many of our recipes, either as a main dish or a side, and obviously there are desserts too. Rice with pineapple is a fantastic way to use  a part of this fruit that we would otherwise being thrown away. To make this delicious…

Mini strawberry cream tarts


Hi! After weeks with my kitchen “closed for renovation” I’m finally back with these delicious mini tartlets filled with pastry cream and fresh strawberries. The recipe is from the wonderful book Bake with Anna Olson. I love to watch her cooking programs, and couldn’t wait to try some of her recipes. The result is spectacular….

Crême brûlée


The originality of this great classic of the French southwester cuisine is much discussed by those who think that it is in reality a Crema catalana, although they are different desserts. And to say that the crême is Catalan, it is like to say that the Catalan cream is nothing but a custard… Most likely both are…

Neopanamax: Pesada de Nance


  After almost four weeks of vacation in Panama, I came back recharged and full of ideas and Panamanian recipes to publish here at BlueJellybeans. The first recipe is one that perhaps only could be made while in Panama, because its main ingredient is Nance, a small yellow fruit native of Panama and other tropical…

Enyucado or cassava and coconut cake


Today´s recipe is another Panamanian classic. The enyucado is a sweet treat very popular on the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia. Its main ingredient is the cassava (or yuca), which is also used to prepare carimañolas and other Panamanian dishes. Enyucado, like many typical recipes of our countries, has uncertain origins and the recipes are…

Pestiños


Pestiños I love to make these type of recipes of which I know nothing other than they are for delicious dishes. And discover (along with you) its origins and the traditions that are linked to them. Pestiño history can be traced back at least to the sixteenth century and is probably much older, since fried…

Sweet green papaya – Dulce de papaya verde


Green papaya sweet As in previous years, I take this time to commemorate the national holidays celebrated during the month of November in Panama. Today’s recipe is perfect for this, since it is one of the most typical sweets of my country. It originated in the countryside and in the kitchens of the interior, it…

Wild berries muffins


Fresh and delicious, these muffins will be a wonderful addition to a picnic basket for a day al fresco.