Day In The Life

A photo journal of my day yesterday here in Barcelona. ♡ 7:45am: Buenos días from Barcelona. ♡  Getting a late start to the day today, courtesy of not sleeping so well this week.  Our lil’ babe has been setting records lately with how many times he wakes me up during the night, which I’m well aware […]

A photo journal of my day yesterday here in Barcelona. 

Eixample Barcelona Apartment

7:45am: Buenos días from Barcelona. ♡  Getting a late start to the day today, courtesy of not sleeping so well this week.  Our lil’ babe has been setting records lately with how many times he wakes me up during the night, which I’m well aware is only a very gentle foreshadowing of what’s to come.  But still, whew, mornings are pretty groggy right now.

El Magnifico Coffee Barcelona

8:00am: We realized just before bed last night that we were out of coffee, whoops!  So my sweet husband walked across the street to pick us up some flat whites this morning.  Still one of my favorite things about living in Europe — little cafés serving good coffee are absolutely everywhere here. ♡

Granola Parfait

8:15am: Breakfast creature of habit.  Love my granola parfaits!

Ali Martin Pregnancy

9:00am: Showered, dressed, and ready to start the day with my lil’ buddy.  (Who’s not so little anymore — he measured over 4 pounds during our ultrasound on Tuesday!)

Eixample Kitchen

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The BEST Bolognese Sauce

My all-time favorite bolognese sauce recipe is slow-simmered with a rich tomato base, a delicious blend of beef and pork, and the coziest blend of garlicky seasonings.  Serve with pasta, gnocchi, or roasted eggplant and enjoy!  Finally!  After sharing my favorite recipes for classic marinara, spicy arrabbiata, creamy carbonara, cheesy cacio e pepe, and garlicky aglio […]

My all-time favorite bolognese sauce recipe is slow-simmered with a rich tomato base, a delicious blend of beef and pork, and the coziest blend of garlicky seasonings.  Serve with pasta, gnocchi, or roasted eggplant and enjoy! 

Pasta Bolognese with Pappardelle

Finally!  After sharing my favorite recipes for classic marinara, spicy arrabbiatacreamy carbonara, cheesy cacio e pepe, and garlicky aglio e olio, I’m back today to add one more very important recipe to our collection here of classic Italian pasta sauces.

Meet my all-time favorite bolognese recipe. ♡

Over the years, I’ve ordered, cooked and tasted a wide variety of sauces all considered to be some variation of bolognese.  From having the chance to sample bowls upon bowls of the real-deal authentic ragù alla bolognese during our trip to Bologna last year, to cooking up and learning from Marcella, Lidia, and Massimo’s famous bolognese sauce recipes here at home, to playing around with a number of non-traditional shortcuts, seasonings or cooking methods, to even sampling a few of the jarred versions of bolognese that are crazy-popular at nearly every grocery store around — it seems clear that the world has come to love this hearty Italian meat sauce, however traditional or non-traditional various versions of it may be.

And based on the number of requests I’ve received over the years for a bolognese sauce recipe here on Gimme Some Oven, it sounds like many of you certainly love it too!!

Well to be sure, the certified traditional bolognese recipe will always remain the undisputed authentic classic.  But over the years, I’ve come to learn that I personally prefer a more modern take on the original recipe.  One with a rich, slow-simmered, tomato base (versus the traditional version, which many are surprised to learn includes minimal tomato), one made with an extra-flavorful variety of meats (including Italian sausage, in addition to traditional beef and pancetta), one that leans into some of my favorite Italian seasonings (garlic, herbs, plus a hint of anchovies, trust me), and one that takes the time it needs to simmer and develop an unforgettable depth of flavor (the key to good bolognese, a process that simply can’t be rushed).

It’s not a complicated recipe to make at all, but it is one that requires a bit of extra love and time.  And one that — I promise — will be so worth it.  ♡  So gather up your ingredients, turn up some good music in the kitchen, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle in for a few hours of cooking up the coziest, richly-flavored, most delicious bolognese recipe I know.  You are in for a treat!

Pot of Bolognese Sauce

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Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup

This simple Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup is made with a cozy lemony-rosemary broth and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes. Anyone else craving simple, healthy(ish), ultra-cozy soups on repeat right about now? Well here’s a good one to add to your repertoire. ♡ We often turn to classic white bean […]

This simple Kale, White Bean and Orzo Soup is made with a cozy lemony-rosemary broth and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes.

Anyone else craving simple, healthy(ish), ultra-cozy soups on repeat right about now?

Well here’s a good one to add to your repertoire. ♡

We often turn to classic white bean and kale soup here in our house when we’re craving a quick bowl of soup, made with whatever extra ingredients happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer.  But this particular version made with chewy al dente orzo pasta, a slightly-spicy lemon rosemary broth, with lots of fresh Parmesan sprinkled on top has been totally hitting the spot this winter.

It’s an absolute breeze to make and comes together from start to finish in just 30 minutes or so.  It’s naturally vegetarian and also vegan (if you nix the Parmesan), and chock-full of fresh kale and lots of protein.  It’s completely customizable with whatever fresh herbs, beans, or pasta shapes that you happen to have on hand.  And it is just the type of warm and comforting meal that I find myself craving this time of year.

Feel free to add in some extra protein (bacon, chicken, or sausage would be delicious) if you’d like.  And if you happen to have some good crusty bread on hand, I highly recommend using it to mop up that delicious broth.  But otherwise, this is a satisfying vegetarian soup recipe all on its own that I think you’re going to love.

So grab some kale and let’s make some soup together, friends!

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Mushroom “Carnitas”

This fun mushroom “carnitas” recipe is easy make with marinated shredded mushrooms that are roasted to crispy, juicy, delicious perfection!  Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. I’ve got a fun new vegetarian dinner recipe today for you guys to try… …mushroom “carnitas!” ♡ Yep, this classic Mexican dish has gone […]

This fun mushroom “carnitas” recipe is easy make with marinated shredded mushrooms that are roasted to crispy, juicy, delicious perfection!  Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.

Mushroom Carnitas on Sheet Pan

I’ve got a fun new vegetarian dinner recipe today for you guys to try…

…mushroom “carnitas!” ♡

Yep, this classic Mexican dish has gone vegetarian (also naturally vegan and gluten-free!) thanks to a simple swap of shredded mushrooms in place of the meat.  And while these plant-based “carnitas” can really be made with just about any type of mushrooms, we love making them in our house with king oyster mushrooms because they can be shredded to take on a shockingly similar texture and meaty flavor of traditional pork carnitas.  My vegetarian husband totally did a double take the first time I served him a plate and couldn’t believe they weren’t made of meat!

Simply shred the mushrooms, toss them with your favorite marinade, and roast them up in the oven to crispy, juicy, delicious perfection.  Then these mushroom “carnitas” will be ready to serve in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, chilaquiles, enchiladas, salads, or whatever sounds good!

They’re seriously so fun to make, and I promise that even the meat-eaters in your life won’t miss the pork with this dish.  Let’s make some!

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Thai Chicken Curry

This cozy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is quick and easy to whip up in about 30 minutes, it’s made with the yummiest Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite veggies and proteins. Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight? This quick and easy Thai Chicken Curry recipe […]

This cozy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is quick and easy to whip up in about 30 minutes, it’s made with the yummiest Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it’s easy to customize with your favorite veggies and proteins.

Thai Chicken Curry

Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight?

This quick and easy Thai Chicken Curry recipe is always a winner. ♡♡♡

I’ve been eating much more chicken than usual during my pregnancy these past seven months (hello, lean proteins!) and this cozy Thai curry has turned into one of my favorite staples in our weeknight dinner rotation.  It’s the perfect meal to clean out whatever veggies happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer, it’s made with an ultra-cozy and flavor-packed Thai coconut red curry sauce, and it also makes for fantastic leftovers.  (So as you can see below, I’ve written the recipe to make a large batch!)  It’s also naturally gluten-free and only takes about 30 minutes to make!

Feel free to serve the curry over rice, noodles, quinoa or with some crusty bread to mop up that delicious curry sauce.  (I usually just make a batch of rice in the Instant Pot while preparing the curry.)  And of course, if chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to swap in whatever protein you love best.  Or if you happen to have a split meat-eating/vegetarian household like ours, you can always just cook the chicken first and then serve it on the side as an optional add-in.

So simple and SO delicious…my favorite combo.  Let’s make some chicken curry, friends!

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Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz Mocktail

This Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz mocktail is full of deliciously bold, spicy, and fresh flavors, it’s minimally sweet, and it’s easy to whip up in just 5 minutes. After having spent the better part of the last two years not drinking much alcohol (especially amidst our fertility struggles, IVF, and later becoming pregnant), I’ve sampled […]

This Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz mocktail is full of deliciously bold, spicy, and fresh flavors, it’s minimally sweet, and it’s easy to whip up in just 5 minutes.

Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz Mocktail

After having spent the better part of the last two years not drinking much alcohol (especially amidst our fertility struggles, IVF, and later becoming pregnant), I’ve sampled more mocktails recently than I have in years.  And you guys, I’ve gotta be honest — there are a lot of terrible mocktails out there!  Most that I’ve ordered out at restaurants and bars are loaded up with far too much sugar, they typically lack any sort of “kick” or interesting nuances, and they’re just — oof — disappointing.  Which seems like such a missed opportunity!

So this winter, I’ve been on a mission to up my mocktail game here at home.  And this recipe in particular has been one of my absolute favorites so far.

Meet this legit-awesome, alcohol-free, spicy grapefruit ginger fizz. ♡

It’s made with some of my favorite mixers that go big on fresh flavors, including tart grapefruit juice, spicy ginger beer, fresh lime and mint, and a generous muddling of fresh jalapeño slices to add some kick.  They’re simple ingredients that can be mixed together in less than 5 minutes.  And together, they combine to create a drink that is refreshingly tart, minimally sweet, fun and fizzy, and packed with however much heat you can handle.

The result is a satisfying sipper that is genuinely fun to drink and anything but boring.  So grab some grapefruit while they’re in season, and let’s craft some mocktails together!

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My Favorite Recipes of 2020

A delicious collection of my favorite (new!) recipes here on Gimme Some Oven in 2020. And to follow up our post yesterday sharing your 20 favorite new Gimme Some Oven recipes from 2020, today I’m sharing my personal faves. ♡ As always, there was a bit of overlap this year between these two posts.  (Especially when […]

A delicious collection of my favorite (new!) recipes here on Gimme Some Oven in 2020.

Homemade Caesar Salad

And to follow up our post yesterday sharing your 20 favorite new Gimme Some Oven recipes from 2020, today I’m sharing my personal faves. ♡

As always, there was a bit of overlap this year between these two posts.  (Especially when it comes to homemade tortillas, we made about a million of them here in our casita this year!)  But in looking over today’s list, I realize that these recipes more than anything represent a whole lotta wanderlust.

To be certain, I’ve felt immensely grateful each day during the pandemic for the incredible privilege my husband and I have had in being able to safely work from home this year.  But at the same time, like so many of you, I’ve also deeply missed traveling and all of the fun adventures that we had lined up for 2020.  (Especially my springtime birthday trip to Morocco, a long visit back to Kansas City for the holidays, and a babymoon somewhere…anywhere!)  And of course, as someone who basically plans my travel itineraries completely around food, it’s also been a bummer to miss out on visiting fun restaurants and tasting new flavors on the trips that we had planned.

But of course, we’ve been staying safely at home here in Barcelona for most of this year, as we probably will be for a big chunk of 2021 as well.  So in lieu of being able to hop on planes and actually go places, we’ve instead been cooking our way around the world during mealtimes.  And while it wasn’t the year of travel eating that we had planned, it did end up being a very delicious one.  From reliving our adventures in Istanbul with lots of menemen and lentil soup, to expanding my Mexican salsa repertoire with some mega-delicious raw tomatillo, peanut chipotle and shortcut-mole sauces, to a slight obsession this year with curries of all kinds, to finally conquering my dream Caesar salad recipe, to a marathon this fall of nostalgic American baked goods, to so many other behind-the-scenes new recipes and experiments that have yet to make it to the blog — cooking with ingredients and recipes inspired by some of our favorite places around the world ended up being its own fun adventure and a bright spot for us amidst a pretty hard year.  And for that, I’m grateful.

So without further ado, here are the 20 recipes that were my personal new faves on Gimme Some Oven here in 2020.  I’m excited to kick off 2021 next week with a lineup or fresh and healthy recipes that I think you’re going to love, so stay tuned for more to come!

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Your Favorite Recipes Of 2020

A delicious collection of our readers’ favorite (new!) recipes here on Gimme Some Oven over the course of 2020. We did it, friends. ♡ We’ve finally made it to the end of this historic, exhausting, roller coaster of a year.  And while there are about a million things that are sure to be remembered about […]

A delicious collection of our readers’ favorite (new!) recipes here on Gimme Some Oven over the course of 2020.

Flour Tortillas Recipe

We did it, friends. ♡

We’ve finally made it to the end of this historic, exhausting, roller coaster of a year.  And while there are about a million things that are sure to be remembered about 2020, the one thing that I can say for certain as a food blogger is that you all spent a record amount of time in the kitchen cooking for those you love, whether you really felt like it or not.

And for that, I want to genuinely say…well done.

While quarantine started off with a lot of adrenaline and eagerness to take on DIY everything (cue all of the homemade bread, pasta, tortillas, cinnamon buns, focaccia, sushi and cocktails galore), all of that time cooped up at home undoubtedly took its toll month after month.  And by the end of the year, my quickest and easiest dinners (hello, fried rice, spaghetti aglio e olio, and 5-ingredient chicken chili) and comfort food recipes (especially all of those classic holiday cookies) became the most popular recipes on the blog.  And I know that for so many of you, it became a major win just to heat up that frozen pizza or scramble some eggs and have anything on the table for the millionth night in a row at all.

So I just want to say that whatever cooking looked like for you over the course of 2020, you did a great job.  You got dinner on the table for a record number of nights in a row, you took care of yourself and your people, and you made it through.  Next year will hopefully bring some renewed energy for healthier habits and some much-needed nights off from the kitchen, once we can all move around freely and have dinner parties and safely eat out at all of our favorite restaurants again.  But for now, I’m proud of us for cooking our way through one of the most complicated and unpredictable years of our lives, and for creating some delicious moments in there along the way.

From the bottom of my heart, I also just wanted to end the year by saying thank you for allowing me and the recipes here on Gimme Some Oven to accompany you along the way.  I was just telling some friends the other day that this has been the most meaningful year of my food blogging career, getting to provide new recipes and resources that were (I hope!) helpful in navigating all of the cooking needs and challenges that arose during the pandemic.  The trust you place in me and these recipes is always something I hold dear, and it has been a privilege to have this blog be one of the places you’ve turned to this year.

So, again, thank you.  I’m so grateful as always to have each of you here.  And as is our annual tradition, here is the end-of-the-year list of the top 20 (new!) recipes that you all loved best here on Gimme Some Oven in 2020!  Stay tuned tomorrow for a second list of my own personal faves, and please be sure to share any of yours in the comments below too!

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Smashed Potatoes

This Smashed Potatoes recipe is irresistibly soft and crispy and full of the best garlicky, buttery flavors. Hundreds of thousands of you have made and loved our recipes for baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and scalloped potatoes (amongst others) here on Gimme Some Oven.  So today, I wanted to add one more classic potato recipe to […]

This Smashed Potatoes recipe is irresistibly soft and crispy and full of the best garlicky, buttery flavors.

Smashed Potatoes

Hundreds of thousands of you have made and loved our recipes for baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and scalloped potatoes (amongst others) here on Gimme Some Oven.  So today, I wanted to add one more classic potato recipe to the list…

…smashed potatoes! ♡

My husband always fondly refers to these as “Ikea potatoes” in our house, because we always use our drinking glasses from Ikea to gently smash the potatoes, haha.  But whether you choose to use a drinking glass or a potato masher or a fork to make yours, these smashed potatoes are always a fun addition to any meal!

They strike that irresistible balance of being soft on the inside yet crispy and golden on the outside.  And when roasted up with melted butter, a garlicky seasoning blend, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs or flaky salt, these smashed potatoes are downright delicious and can pair easily with so many types of entrees.  Feel free to also make this recipe vegan, melt some extra cheese on top, or load your potatoes up with the works (bacon, cheddar, sour cream, green onions, you name it!) too.  There are so many fun ways to customize and enjoy this simple smashed potatoes recipe.

So let’s make some!
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Nut Roast

This Nut Roast recipe is packed with a deliciously sweet and savory blend of nuts, veggies, lentils, dried fruit and fresh herbs.  Easy to prep in advance, and delicious served with cranberry sauce and/or gravy! Friends, have you ever tried making a nut roast before? I was admittedly unfamiliar with this traditional vegetarian dish until […]

This Nut Roast recipe is packed with a deliciously sweet and savory blend of nuts, veggies, lentils, dried fruit and fresh herbs.  Easy to prep in advance, and delicious served with cranberry sauce and/or gravy!

Nut Roast

Friends, have you ever tried making a nut roast before?

I was admittedly unfamiliar with this traditional vegetarian dish until my British friend, Catherine, served us her famous nut roast for dinner a few months ago…and everyone around the table could not stop raving about how delicious it was!  We seriously could not get enough of this sweet, savory, hearty, and flavor-packed vegetarian “roast”! ♡

My first question to Catherine, of course, was what sorts of delicious ingredients were hiding in her beautiful confetti-ed loaf.  As she explained, there are about a million ways to make British-style nut roasts, but they are traditionally made with a base of chopped nuts, veggies and lots of herbs, plus sort of hearty ingredient added in to give the loaf some texture (such as lentils, rice, grains, oats, torn bread, or various types of flour blends), as well as whatever extra dried fruits or fun seasonings the cook feels like adding in.  The best nut roasts seem to strike the perfect balance between sweet and savory.  And when served with cranberry sauce (a must, according to Catherine) and/or some savory vegetarian gravy, I’m telling you, this dish will be a showstopper with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

The brilliance of nut roasts is that they are also easy to make ahead of time and require very little oven space.  So since they happen to be a traditional holiday food in the UK, and so many of us were already planning to cook smaller holiday meals this year, I thought that this would be the perfect week to share this recipe.

Catherine’s favorite nut roast is based off of a recipe from Deliciously Ella, made with lots of fresh sage, rosemary, mushrooms and dried apricots, which my husband and I absolutely loved.  We’ve since tinkered around with the recipe a bit and added in some lentils for extra protein, as well as a generous hint of orange juice and zest, which pairs deliciously with the other ingredients and tastes extra-festive this time of year.  I’ve also kept this recipe gluten-free, and given the option to use either traditional eggs or flax eggs as a binder, if you would like to make the recipe vegan.  As I explain below, the types of nuts/seeds, veggies and legumes here are also quite flexible, so please feel free to tinker around with the ingredients and make this nut roast recipe your own.

Bottom line, my husband and I can’t believe that it took us this long to be introduced to nut roasts.  But we are now full-on fans, and look forward to making them a tradition in our house for the occasional “Sunday roasts” and the holiday dinners.  Big thanks to Catherine and some of our other British friends here in Barcelona for all of the great tips and inspiration for this recipe.  I really think you all are going to love it!

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