This has to be one of the easiest dinner ideas ever. You only need: fresh broccoli, canned chickpeas, lemon, salt and pepper. Some fresh parsley would be nice too.
Make the humus first: add 2 garlic cloves to a can of chickpeas and the juice of half a lemon and zzzap everything together until creamy and soft. Add salt and pepper to taste, but don’t overdo it. If you’re brave add a small pinch of cinnamon and a spoon of honey to it, it’s really tasty.
Proceed to roasting the sesame seeds in a small pan. Add a teaspoon of water and the third of a pinch of salt, the keep the seeds moving in the pan until they turn a warmer brown (not black :).
On to the broccoli. Get some olive oil into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together, then massage the broccoli florets with it before grilling it. You don’t need to put too much. Grill then mix with the humus, as you would with pasta.
If you eat gluten free there are still so many new and delicious recipes to try. I selected these ones from one of the most beautiful food sites on the world wide web, 101 Cookbooks. I want to try them all.
Make them: This recipe asks for rice paper wrappers but you can skip them and use lettuce instead as a wrap. Quickly fry a small finely chopped onion, ginger, salt and green garlic. Remove the oil and use it to “bathe” the rice paper or lettuce. Fry a few pieces of tofu in a sugary oil mix. When it’s done, remove the tofu and cook the mushrooms. Arrange everything in little bouquets.
How to cook it: Add a teaspoon of butter or oil in a wok or big soup pot. Throw in quickly a finely chopped small onion, chopped garlic, ginger and other spices your feel mix well with spinach. When the onion is almost brown throw in the spinach and let cook. Fry the paneer cheese (or another type of cheese that you like) quickly in a very small amount of butter or olive oil. Add on top of the cooked spinach. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
If you’re close to Drassanes around lunch time do not even think of eating on the Ramblas. You’ll only get expensive, low quality food. Make your legs walk to the end of the Ramblas and before you reach the sea turn right towards the Museo Maritimo of Barcelona.
When you enter the Museum courtyard turn left (don’t enter the museum) and you’ll be able to see the restaurant’s terrace.
The food is nice, not too modern, not to traditional and the lunch menu costs €10, which includes a two course menu, a drink and coffee or desert.
If you like fish, this is a great place to try some fresh salmon or codfish (bacalao in Spanish). You can ask for the fish of the day as it’s probably the freshest, bought while still moving from the Boqueria (the food market on the Ramblas, close to the metro station Liceu), but generally the fish you’ll have at the Museum Restaurant will be nice and fresh and tasty.
If you don’t like fish, they do have other options, such as steak (bistec in Spanish), pasta or soups.
I do not recommend it for lacto-ovo vegetarians or vegans as they will probably starve here.
The portions are big enough to make you feel like you’re having lunch but not as big as commonly found in other Spanish restaurants.
Desert is almost always some fruit mousse, fruit and sometimes cake. If you’re a mousse lover like I am, but don’t like it when it feels heavy and you can distinctively taste the egg, go for the cake or icecream.
Ever been to this restaurant? What did you have? What did you think of it?