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Juicy and tender garlic prawns
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Juicy and tender garlic prawns

Garlic prawns are one of the most popular tapas or rations in Spain, but they are also one of the most shattered dishes in our geography. Why? Sometimes because they are made with regional quarter prawns, peeled and deep-frozen from the afterlife, and sometimes because they are charred in oil until they acquire a rubbery and leathery texture that is not very pleasant. In addition, by tradition they are usually presented in clay pots, which are not their best container because by conserving so much heat they cause them to overcook. This recipe has basic and scarce ingredients: good olive oil, good shrimp, garlic, chilli and salt. And then to each taste a drizzle of wine or vinegar, a little parsley or chives, depending on who cooks them. Of course, there is always a good piece of brea...
Remil, Argentine spy, antihero and state criminal
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Remil, Argentine spy, antihero and state criminal

The journalist and writer Jorge Fernández Díaz (Buenos Aires, 60 years old) knows well the reality from which the novels of Remil drink, that antihero who moves in the shadow of power and in the sewers of the State and its parallel machinery and who stars a new adventure in Treachery (Destination). To put you in a position: a former Argentine guerrilla from the 1970s, a star of today's progressivism, takes things too seriously and prepares a bloody blow to the system. The problem for those who commission the services of Colonel Calgaris and his executing arm at the Casita, our dear Remil, is that the subject in question is known to Pope Francis. But where does Remil come from, this uncomfortable protagonist, this politically incorrect character? For those who do not know him, several c...
Carolina Bueno, Protestant voice from Spain
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Carolina Bueno, Protestant voice from Spain

Pious Spain, a legacy of the past? In a generation, more than a quarter of the population left Christianity… And yet. At the same time, the number of evangelicals has increased eightfold in twenty years. Conversions are not weakening, according to data published this year by the Observatory of Pluralism in Spain and the CIS research center. Today, 2% of the population is said to be Evangelical Protestant. The figure is 3% for the 18-29 age group, with an over-representation of women.Gathered around more than 4,200 places of worship, the supporters of this move evangelical ask to be heard. Freedom ? They already have it. The question posed today is that of equality, mirroring a long hegemonic Catholicism, which remains the only religion mentioned in the Cons...
Taliande salad (laab) with broccoli
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Taliande salad (laab) with broccoli

The laab, also know as larb or the AP, is one of the most popular dishes in Thai cuisine, and also one of my favorites. It is an incredibly fresh and aromatic salad and, thanks to its huge amount of chili peppers, perfect for making you sweat (as if that were not enough with the heat that begins to do). It consists of sautéed minced meat - usually pork or chicken -, lots of aromatic herbs, powdered roasted rice and the traditional Thai dressing of lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce and chili powder. This time we are going to give the protein a spin and replace it with broccoli. I do not know what degree of tolerance you have with consuming this almost raw food, but the intention is that it is crunchy enough so that it provides texture and catches all the dressing in its florets. You c...
Broad beans with sausage
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Broad beans with sausage

It is bean season, and those of us who enjoy peeling them more than with a session of mindfulness and ASMR together we celebrate it by exercising everything it gives. Every time someone says "oh, fresh beans, how tasty but how lazy" we become resigned and offer to peel them "if no one else wants to do it" so that later they applaud us for it and also not have to put the dishwasher (we are weird, but not stupid). We are already one step closer to eating this platazo. The culinary expertise required by this recipe is almost nil, but you have to do another - yes, another - manual work, separating the small ones from the large ones. If all the beans we have are more or less the same size, it will not be necessary to cook them in two stages; If they are all small, we can let the liquid cho...
Why are decisions neither good nor bad?
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Why are decisions neither good nor bad?

Freedom is the ability to choose. Being free allows us to choose between several options. Life itself sometimes puts us before the difficulty of choosing between different paths. Sometimes we do it instinctively, without knowing if the chosen direction is the correct one. But what if the decisions weren't good or bad? Behind this innocent question is a deep reflection that helps to alleviate fear and overcome uncomfortable emotions, as defended by the renowned Chilean scientist Humberto Maturana. I had the pleasure of working with him over a decade ago. He died last week, at the age of 92. Maturana had a doctorate in Biology from Harvard University, won the National Science Prize in Chile, worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in...
Noodles with aubergines, garlic and egg
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Noodles with aubergines, garlic and egg

Pasta is a very good base to prepare simple and quick dishes, and although when we think of it the first option that comes to mind is Italian - by proximity, I suppose - there are other cultures that prepare it with the same skill. From couscous the Arabs and Berbers to the spätzle Germans, passing through the Korean rice cakes, the Argentine Sorrentinos, the pierogi Poles and others that we already reviewed in an article dedicated to world pasta. As today's recipe is Chinese-inspired, we recommend using one of the types of noodles that this gastronomy offers, which are not few (since they eat noodles in any of the meals of the day, with specific varieties for breakfast). You can choose between vermicelli based on rice -normally suitable for coeliacs, as long as the packaging indicates ...
Grilled asparagus with goat cheese and strawberry vinaigrette
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Grilled asparagus with goat cheese and strawberry vinaigrette

Teenagers enjoying themselves in public parks apart, there is nothing more springtime than good fresh asparagus and juicy, fleshy strawberries. We have decided to combine these two ingredients, just as young people of altered blood do, with results that are extremely satisfactory. The ingredient list is so simple that I only comment on everything related to cheese. If you do not have goat -although we have caught a mania for its excessive use in salads with fake cream of Modena in the past decade, it is still a perfectly valid cheese- use feta, crumbled cottage cheese or cubes of fresh cheese, Latin, halloumi or mozzarella. If you are vegan, change it for soft tofu cubes. If you are tired of preparing grilled asparagus, fry, grill, boil or serve them raw, cut into very thin slices. An...
Salty wild asparagus cake
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Salty wild asparagus cake

Wild asparagus is a seasonal product -although we find them almost at all times, brought from the farthest reaches of the world- that has it all: versatile, tasty and healthy, and it also admits a multitude of highly varied elaborations. The formula that concerns us could not be easier: a sheet of puff pastry that we cover with wild asparagus precooked in the microwave - of which you know that we are great apostles and apostles - united with a minimum concoction of egg and cream, just enough to fill the holes between the asparagus and add even more flavor. The preparation will take 10 minutes and the cooking will take a little over half an hour, but during this part you do not have to be watching the oven as if it were television: what will come out of it looks like a fancy recipe. The ...