Thursday, February 24, 2011

Garbanzo and Chorizo Soup

Last week I was basking in the sun, while sipping tropical drinks on a beautiful sandy beach in Mexico. Today I'm nursing a miserable cold! Ughhh....
Last night I was in the mood for a nice bowl of soup, and luckily I had all the ingredients at home. This is one of my favorite soup recipes, it's easy, fast and delicious. Serve with warm crusty bread and a nice glass of vino, yum!

Garbanzo and Chorizo Soup
6 servings

1  med. link of chorizo(5 ounces),
    casing removed, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2  15.5 oz cans chickpeas, drained
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1  med. onion, finely chopped
1  garlic clove, minced
2  med. carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
3  tbsp. tomato paste
1  tsp. pimentón (smoked Spanish paprika)
4  c. beef stock/broth (low-sodium)
1  tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

In a small skillet, cook the chorizo over moderately high heat until lightly browned and most of the fat has been rendered, 3 to 4 min. Drain the chorizo on paper towels, set aside.

In a food processor, puree 1 can of the chickpeas with the 1/2 c. of water until smooth, set aside.

In a soup pot, heat the olive oil, add the onions, carrots and garlic, cover and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 min. Add the chorizo, tomato paste, pimentón and cook, stirring for 1 min.
Add the beef stock along with the whole and pureed chickpeas and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 15 min. Ladle soup into bowls sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with crusty bread. Bon appétit!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Colorful Mexico

My husband and I just recently traveled to Playa del Carmen, a small town about an hour south of Cancun, Mexico. It was nice, not as commercialized as other parts of Mexico we have traveled to in the past. We stayed at Royal Hideaway Playacar, a very quiet and relaxing resort. Here's my photo album, enjoy!

High Tea was served daily at 4:00pm

Sometimes accompanied by jazz

They call these Thai beds, they were placed near the beach and the pool area

Massage cabaña


We were there over Valentine's Day, this huppa was erected on the beach for a wedding that took place on that day

The color of the water is manificent

We went parasailing, it was our first time and it was a lot of fun!

Another view from above

So much fun, I did not want it to end

but it did, there's always another time!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

A little break from Winter

I traded this

for this


 for this


 for this


for this


 for this

and finally, this

aaaaaah, for this!

I'll have more on my recent trip to Mexico on my next post.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011


A big thank you to Loretta at APPLESandRUBIES for this award, I'm extremely honored!

Upon receiving this award, I'm supposed to share 7 things you might not know about me. So, here it goes.......

1.  I started learning (and still am) the  English language when I was about 12 years old

2.  I met the man of my dreams on a blind date

3.  I'm the proud mom of this beautiful 29 year old - Vanessa♥

4.  I'm a licensed cosmetologist but don't practice the art

5.  I learned how to swim (sort of) in my early 30's, not afraid of the deep end anymore!

6.  I have a shoe fetish

7.  I'm an art student

So it continues on to the following FAV blogs!