WHAT'S FOR LUNCH? | Valentina Duracinsky: WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

January 27, 2016


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how to eat more fish

Another round of food pictures. Most of these things I ate in Barcelona back in November... Every day it seems I ate some kind of fish. Not a bad deal, you know, since I'm a pescatarian. A salad with teriyaki salmon and asparagus, a salad with persimmon, tuna and dried cranberries, a delicious lemon-feta salad that takes me back to when I was a child in California, and that little round blob of purple (thanks iphone) is actually octopus – pulpo a la gallega – which is my favorite thing ever, really. Then the unmistakable patatas bravas with a gigantic plate of all the different tapas 'salads'. Finally lightly fried seafood at a great little place in Barcelona (the name escapes me).

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The other day, we had some defrosted salmon that we needed to use up before it went bad and I did my usual kitchen dance where I looked up a few recipes, wrote the main things down and then did something completely different. We live near a few amazing asian markets, so I keep going to the store and getting more kitchen staples. The other day I bought some lemongrass, chili, tamarind concentrate, red curry paste, coconut milk... I thought we had soy sauce but it seems we don't so I guess another trip to the asian store is in order (yay!!!). I left the salmon marinating and prepared a huge batch of thai peanut sauce. Full can of peanut butter, full can of coconut milk... oh man guys, it is so addictive and so damn delicious! I then cooked some veggies – courgette, onion and red pepper – to put on the side and served the salmon on a bed of lettuce. We used peanut sauce as the dressing. It turned out pretty great seeing as I had no idea what my next move was the whole time.

Yesterday we went to the very end of the market, around 2pm. All the vendors are packing up and just trying to get rid of everything they have. They'll sell crates of fruit for 50 cents or 1 euro. We got about 2 kilos of very, very, very ripe bananas (which is the best thing to use for my sugarless banana cake) for 50 cents. Peter got a box of tomatoes for 1 euro but then saw another vendor selling an even bigger box for the same and felt slightly cheated. It is a bit funny though to feel cheated at that time, seeing as the box probably would have been twice or three times the price a few hours earlier. Really, we were super lucky. For less than 8 euro, Peter and I went back to the loft with a box of apples, a box of tomatoes, two aubergines, two courgettes, a head of cauliflower, a head of broccoli, two kilos of bananas, a pear, two pomegranates, a box of red peppers and probably a couple things I'm forgetting. Ha! I love it. I can't wait to go again on friday. I'm definitely making loads of sugarless banana bread and apple compote and apple cake and smoothies – so many smoooothies!

What else can I do with my two kilos of bananas? ideas, guys? 

1 comment:

Kelsey Bang said...

what pretty lunches! they all look so delicious!


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