Blueberry coffee cake with vanilla glaze


Last week was Juanfran's birthday. To celebrate  we had diner at Real cafe Bernabeu, a very nice restaurant located inside Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with views over the field.  Unfortunately there was no game, so the stadium was empty, but about 50 screens allowed us to watch the match from every angle possible while enjoying a …

Octopus ceviche two ways


This summer in Panama I got the chance to enjoy a marvelous dinner at El Trapiche a Panamanian cuisine restaurant very popular among tourist and locals as well, which is always a good sign. There I ate a classic menu with fried everything…and a corvina ceviche. Everything was delicious as expected. But lately is fashion …

Chicken rolls with spicy tamarind sauce


One of the things that I brought from Panamá this summer was tamarind pulp. I know that I can buy tamarind here in Madrid but it is so expensive…Besides, it was a present from my mom, so what’s not to like! Normally the first thing that comes into mind with tamarind are sweets. You can …

Homemade Panamanian Mafá


Near my home in Panama there was a “tienda”,  a dry cleaners, the “55" (some sort of mini market belonging to Enrique and his wife Elsa), a chicken slaughterhouse (led by Enrique’s brother) and a large store for building materials and knickknacks (our favorite place for buying mother’s day presents with our precarious savings), all …

Plantain tarts


Also known as plantit tat or plantitá, today’s recipe has West Indian roots, as many of our traditions do. Panamá is really a “melting pot of races”. People from around the world came and went through our frontiers, many stayed and made of Panamá their home, enriching this country with their own culture. That’s why …

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 …

Rice with chicken gizzards


Ingredients 200 g chicken gizzards, cleaned and chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup of rice 1 teaspoon annatto oil 1/2 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 teaspoon paprika A handful of chopped cilantro Medium red pepper, chopped Chillies pepper to taste (or ají Chombo if available) Curry powder to taste Salt and pepper …