Basa Fish and Sweet Potato Curry

Fragrant Fish and Sweet Potato Curry by My Little Jar of Spices
I feel like I haven’t blogged in months but it’s only been two weeks or so. But I guess moving to a new country will make you feel like you’ve been that much farther away from the rest of the world. I’ve been in Peru for about a week and it has been a total change of scenery from the bustling, busy, ever-moving, traffic-jammed Sao Paulo. I’m in Cajamarca, in the Northern Andes of Peru, a town of about 200,000 also known for its local specialty of fried guinea pig, its booming Golden Berry farming (Golden Berry, also known as “Incan Berry” or “Pichuberry” was declared one of the superfoods of 2014 in the Huffington Post and withholds a wide range of nutritional benefits), its local dairy and its thermal springs installed in a gem of well-preserved Incan ruins. Not too bad, right? And people, it couldn’t get any more authentic, or “paleo” might I say, than this. Not that I’m living in prehistoric times, Cajamarca is a rather modern, albeit small and traditional, town. But it’s ironic how after talking about the benefits of a paleo diet and lifestyle for months, life put me in a place where I could actually walk the talk. Continue reading

Ecuadorian Coconut Fish Stew (Encocado de Pescado)

Ecuadorian Coconut Fish Stew (Encocado de Pescado) by My Little Jar of Spices

Ecuador is undoubtedly a big part of my life. From the time that I lived there, I quickly developed a strong affection for this small yet unbelievably diverse South American country.  Even after having spent a year there and having traveled several times back, I have never ceased to be amazed by this country’s unmatched beauty and nature. Not to mention its incredibly friendly population and delicious cuisine. And although I have come to know the country rather well , I still feel I have so much to discover and am hoping to go back for a visit next year to travel in some regions I have not yet explored well. Among the many things I have yet to try in Ecuador, one of my top to-dos is to visit a cloud forest… Food-wise, I can never seem to get enough of the huge diversity of available and affordable fresh fruit and seafood you can find in Ecuador. One of my absolute favorite meals is the Viche de Pescado, a delicious and very fulfilling soup made with fish, sweet potatoes, plantain bananas, ground peanuts and lime juice. Continue reading

Creamy Chicken, Cauliflower and Broccoli Bake

Creamy Chicken, Cauliflower and Broccoli Bake

This recipe confirms the theory that the simpler the recipe, the more delicious. I threw this casserole together with what I had on hand the other night without imagining I could make a blog post out of this recipe, but it hit such a big home run and was so I-can’t-believe-my-tastebuds amazing that I photographed what was leftover to publish the recipe. Continue reading

Banana Flambée Panna Cotta (Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan option)

Banana Flambée Panna Cotta

Oh no I didn’t. Did I put a banana flambée in a Panna Cotta dessert AND make it dairy-free too? Why yes I did. Thank me later, try it first. I know in English they’re called Banana Fosters but I just feel so posh saying “Banana Flambée” and that’s the way I’ll keep saying it in this post because I’m French so I’m allowed to use fancy snobbish culinary words. Plus I just can’t picture myself serving this dessert saying “Aaaand for dessert, Bananas Foster!”. Yes, I have to picture myself serving my desserts at a White House Fundraiser to decide on the recipe title. Continue reading

Curried Squash and Bacon Pancakes

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I love breakfast, nay, I worship breakfast time. In my family we always took the time to eat breakfast in the morning, even if that meant getting up earlier than most people would before heading off to work or school. I’ve never been a breakfast-on-the-go kind of person. What’s the pleasure in eating a cold muffin walking down the street while balancing a to-go cup of coffee in the other hand, all the while crumbs are sticking to your face and falling all over your clothes, your cellphone rings, you go in your bag to reach for it and in that fateful moment, you DROP your sad excuse for a breakfast on the sidewalk… I won’t venture to guess whether you crawl to your knees to pick it up or not, what happens after that is between every man and his conscience. Either way, no thanks. And I never understood people who never ate breakfast. Why skip that blissful moment when you’re still waking up, birds are chirping outside (or rain is pouring – does it matter what’s happening outside?), you’re sipping on a warm cup of coffee and you sit down to a plate of hearty morning goodness. Yes please! Continue reading

Homemade Date-sweetened Almond Milk


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Ever have one of those “Did I really just make that?” moments in the kitchen where you can’t believe you’ve just made something that you thought would never turn out right, and it was actually easy AND it tastes just like you wished it would? During those few seconds, a world of culinary possibilities starts flashing before your eyes. I love it when that happens. Like this weekend with this almond milk. I have been trying to find almond milk in Brazil for months now, in vain. As for soy, rice and oat milk, I avoid them because they come from grains and most of them either contain gluten or GMOs (soy). Continue reading

Triple Nut Butter Bars (gluten-free, grain-free, vegan)

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This week has been a slow week, cooking-wise. I missed the farmer’s market on Sunday which ordinarily is a sacred tradition not to be foregone under any circumstances. I haven’t shopped for groceries and have been making most of my meals out of last week’s tomatoes, a couple of zucchinis and a box of eggs. Shameful, I know, but these nut butter bars – which also came together with what I found in the pantry and the fridge – are here to save the day and bring a little glory to this sad gastronomical downfall.  Continue reading

Poached Tilapia in Creamy Coconut-Leek Reduction


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I am so excited to share this recipe, because not only is it incredibly flavorful and healthy, it is also simple and takes 20 minutes to make. My roommate bought some fish for us at the market last Sunday, but since he didn’t have time to cook it, he entrusted me with that task. I guess having a food blog will do that. All of a sudden it’s “hey, plus this can be a post for your blog right?”. However, I was more than happy to give it a go since I have a rather poor repertoire in the fish and seafood section. He told me, “make it simple: a light pan-fried fish with some olive oil would be great”. I agreed. But then…

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