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Throughout Central America, we have been fed with tamales. At first, I was skeptical. I mean seriously, THIS. DOESN’T. LOOK. APPETIZING. But after my first ‘unwilled’ bite (M literally force fed me. Pfff, I was not impressed) in the Honduran forest (which I would have called a jungle but this is a different story), I was conquered. It might not be paleo but this is a cheap meal (and god knows that we need it!) which keeps us full for a (long to very long) while. Yeah to tamales! This traditional dish made of masa (a starchy dough) is steamed in a plantain leaf and can be stuffed with, among others, meat. 

We liked the Honduran one we were given while hiking through the jungle and the Guatemalan and Nicaraguan (known as nacatamal) versions were pretty good too.  Glad to keep finding cheap and tasty street food along the way! This saves us from the pricey touristy traps! Since this is a very filling meal, it could be a great dish to prepare for a family or friend gathering. I found an easy recipe because who seriously wants to slave in the kitchen?! This is luckily not a must anymore nowadays! Enjoy!  

 

Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!

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60 days of exploring already?! I can hardly believe that I’m celebrating my second monthversary on the road but I apparently did it. I have survived mosquito bites allergies, hitchhiking, chicken buses, local food, heat waves and most important the unknown (a small step for the backpacking community but a giant one for me!). Time flies they say and I couldn’t agree more! It seems just like yesterday when I landed in cancun, ready (well at least I thought I was ready ha!) to hit the road with M. Month # 1 was tough and seriously made me consider my sanity (why on earth was I putting myself through THIS?!) but month # 2 confirmed that this where I was supposed to be and I am looking forward to many more adventures. 
For today’s Tuesday yumminess I am taking you to where this exciting adventure has started: Mexico. They have a wonderful dish called ceviche, a dish of marinated raw fish or seafood. I found a cool article that provides us with tips to make the perfect ceviche. I also looked for an easy recipe for you to prepare once summer has arrived (I heard winter is not ready to leave Europe! Shall I send some heat and sun your way?). Enjoy! 

Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!

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Since I unfortunately had to say bye to my beloved baleadas, I desperately needed to find another local dish that could help me go over my slight baleada addiction. While strolling on a street in the one of the most dangerous countries in the world (I’ll come back to this in my next post…), a lovely lady smiled at me and asked me if I wanted to try a nuégado Salvadoreño. Blank stare. Sorry… What? She laughed and patiently repeated ‘nuégado yuca’. Oh, I knew that word. My mind thought: if it is yucca and deep fried, this could only be delicious, right? 

And it was! I am not sure if we can easily find yucca back home but this is definitely a treat I would like to prepare for my guests (replacing vegetal oil by coconut oil). I looked around and I found this (what seemed to be) easy recipe. You will need yucca (duh!), eggs, some water, baking powder, white sugar, masa flour (that might be trickier to find), salt and milk curd (known as cuajada). Have fun and buon provecho! 

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Sitting happily in Copán, Honduras, where we have met fantastic people, I can finally post, as promised, a Tuesday yumminess from Central America. Tadaaaaaaa! This week, I’m taking you to… Guatemala! 

While in Antigua, we got to try the (almost) Guatemalan national dish: a dish called pepián. This is a stew (or recados) that is one of the oldest dishes in the Guatemalan food heritage. It apparently came from the culinary fusion of the Spanish and Mayan cultures. Sold on the streets (you gotta love street food), it was very cheap and tasty! In Antigua, it seems that pepián is only sold on Sundays at Parque Central. M’s host mom told us that it was freshly made for the occasion. Good news since street food (as much as I love street food) can unfortunately be pretty dodgy! Fresh, traditional, tasty, cheap… What not to love about this pepian?!

If you want to prepare your very own pepian to impress your friends at home, I found a great post from Karla. Thanks foodologie!  

 Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!

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2 days, 16 hours and 33 minutes left and I cannot believe that this is my last Tuesday yumminess in Switzerland in a long while. Ahhhhhhhhh time is flying! Sob, happy smile, sob, happy smile. Don’t mind my irrational behavior, this week has been emotional and it is getting worse! 

While I’m sad and happy to leave Switzerland on Friday, I’m super excited to soon be able to share some recipes I will have gathered along the way! I haven’t done much research but Panamanian, salvadorian, Colombian or Honduran recipes sound quite appealing to me! 

In the meantime, let’s enjoy a lovely paleo breakfast. This is very easy and can be prepared in advance. Thanks #paleomama for an easy n’oatmeal that makes cold mornings easier and more enjoyable! You’ll need some nuts & seeds, coconut milk, cinnamon & some vanilla extract. En guete!

   
    
 

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9 days, 17 hours and 24 minutes left until I am leaving on a jetplane (yeaaaaaaaah *Carltons move*) and I just discovered (ahhhhhhh! *screaming at the top of my lungs*) that my carefully picked and wonderful (sub)tenant would not be moving in. Arggggggh. Say whaaaaat? Breathe in, breathe out, repeat.

First reaction? I’m f**ed! (Or I might have said I’m f**ing f**ed). Without a (sub)tenant, I will run out of money before I am done with my 6-month journey. F** f** f**. 

Second reaction? Why on earth is this happening to me?! (Or most probably “why is this f**ing happening to me?). Stress overpowered me, leaving me numb for a few days. I was somehow unable to process this tsunami. I indulged myself with some self-pity until the third reaction kicked in. What? Better now than when I’m on the road, right?!

Third reaction? I solve problems for a living for f** sake, [well at least until March 24th. Thereafter I’ll be (lowering my voice)unemployed] and I’m pretty good at it if I can say so myself. Finding a tenant was indeed not part of the one million things still to do before departure but come on I have dealt with worse. Yes, I am kinda running out of time and I have now one million and one things to take care of. And yes, I could have done without this last minute challenge but who seriously doesn’t like a good challenge?! 

Now I’m done worrying. It is time to take actions and find a (sub)tenant or at least an alternative. During my phase of worrying, my healthy eating has been wiped out and I’ve been feeding on food that doesn’t agree with my body. I know it is pretty stupid but I did it anyway because stress was stronger than any rational thinking. This is now over. Action requires clear thinking. So until I leave, I’ll make sure to cook as healthy as I can. 

Of course, with the time invested in finding a new tenant, this will not be easy and this is why I am even more grateful for easy and delicious recipes. This stuffed avocado is divine. Thanks to Trina from #Paleonewbie! If you have some chicken, avocados, bacon, homemade mayo and green onions, enjoy a lovely meal!


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What was I recently saying?! Oh yeah… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Well, I can definitely say that winter got my memo. Who would have thought that the Rain dance I learnt in Monument Valley would be so helpful?! I sightly modified it (obvisouly, rain and snow… same same BUT different), winter clearly needed some help and voila: it has been cold and snowing for the past two days. Ooops! But hey, at least, we finally have an almost decent winter – could be colder and whiter though, no? That said, I’ll be happy to leave this cold weather behind. I am now ready for warmth and lighter clothing. What can I say? As much as I love spending time in the mountains snowshoeing (and apres-skiing), I love my weather as hot as my food, hot, hot, hot! I blame it on my Spanish roots. Ariibaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Not long now (in 23 days, 12 hours and 57 minutes but who’s counting?) until sweater, socks, hat and scarf become some non wanted accessories! *satisfied moan*. In the meantime, I’ll just have to enjoy this “perfect” weather to bake some “almost paleo” cookies and snowshoe some more! *double satisfied moan*. Thanks so much ThankYourBody for a wonderful recipe, easy and fabulicious! Those are perfect served with a hot cuppa while reading a good book. I am currently reading “The Martian” which is a brilliant book, very entertaining. Mark Watney is a fun character to follow (somehow love smart ass people, wonder why…) and I really enjoy the writing of Andy Weir. I have not seen the movie yet but it is probably one of those I should get when I return from my long journey. Now, if you do not mind, I have a date with sassy Mark and maybe I will have a tea, a nothin’ tea!

“I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.” Andy Weir, The Martian


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This week’s weather is definitely calling for a treat… Don’t get me wrong, I can handle rain (influence from my English friends?). I can handle snow (influence from my Swiss friends?) but sleet? Really Winter? It is not acceptable, nor enjoyable, nor needed. Get a grip Winter and do what you are best at: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! (Ok I might have ‘borrowed’ this line to Dean Martin). 

While we hope Winter will recover his senses and work his magic soon, tucking Luzern in a beautiful white coat, let’s make some fabulicious treats. This week, let me share with you how you can easily make a creamy almond butter. 

You need some almonds (duh!) which you should roast for 10 minutes before you transfer them to your food processor. This will require time and patience. Pa-what? I got this recipe through two good friends and the first time I forgot that it could take up to 30 minutes! After 5 minutes of ‘processing’, I wasn’t impressed and gave up. I ‘hid’ my (not really looking like butter nor cream) butter in the fridge and mourned my failed attempt. #failed! 

The next day, mourning was over and it hit me (well through a message from a friend I had written ‘heeeeelp’ the night before): I hadn’t given enough time to my almonds to turn into a butter. I decided to re-process them and tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I had finally made the so famous (my friends bragged about) almond butter! 

If you have 40 minutes to spear for baking and 250 grams of almonds in your cupboard (it works with other nuts), give it a try! Enjoy!


 
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I wish I could feel with you as I heard that back in Europe it is cold and rainy but I somehow fail to imagine what this could be like since over here (Down under) it is still over 30 degrees after dusk.  

Please accept my sincere apologies and to make it up to you, I chose this week a recipe that some friends and I recently discovered and tasted: a chili con carne omelet.  You will need eggs (obviously), minced beef, bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeño (or hot sauce) and some herbs. 

Recipe is in German so if you have any question, let me know! Thanks #paleo360 for this perfect cold day recipe to share with friends! 
 
   


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Since Australia is about to happen (haaaaaaaaaa only 3 more sleeps!!), I have decided to dedicate my Tuesday yumminess to an Australian foodie: Irena Macri. I was lucky enough to come across Carol, an Australian blogger while looking for a dessert recipe. 

Carol’s post features Irena’s chocolate soufflés and those soufflés are simply fabulicious. At first I was hesitant though: soufflés somehow sound pretentious and therefore reserved to seasoned bakers (I believed). 

Well I was wrong. Thanks to Irena’s recipe, I was able to impress my friends and I know now that soufflés can be (kinda) easily baked and taste divine. It was a great success especially since none of my friends realized that: 

1) It was a paleo recipe
2) I used sweet potatoes 
3) There was no refined sugar

Thanks so much #irenamacri and Carol from #readingwritingandriesling for a remarkable food moment! 

  
  
   
 
 
Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!