by Meli C

Posts from — January 2011

Starting off strong

As part of going back to my regular post-holiday routine, I spent a big chunk of the past weekend sipping on café au lait and resuming work on my professional project.

I have a new and exciting reason that’s motivating me to start the year off strong and get through the last school semester extra quickly.

Fran proposed a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to have more free time to concentrate on wedding planning!

{ My frist Brides magazine. Surreal. }

January 18, 2011   4 Comments

Smile, it’s Friday!

January 14, 2011   No Comments

Toad in a Hole

{via Grapevine Twine}

I ran into this dish on one of my favorite blogs, and given the speed at which my mouth watered, decided it deserved a post of its own.

There was no recipe to go with the photo –  I’ve never seen this one before – but after some research I found that this is actually a common breakfast dish in the US (also called bird’s nest or eggs in the basket).  I found a great-looking version of the recipe here.  Can’t wait to make this for brunch on Sunday!

January 12, 2011   1 Comment


This smaller and fried version of the traditional Venezuelan arepa is a favorite in my home town, Maracaibo, as well as a personal favorite. Over the holidays, I went back and forth between Christmas food and these.

January 10, 2011   2 Comments

Christmas feast

Holidays at home in Venezuela revolve mainly around food.  Family and friends gather around the table to share in the  hearty Christmas feast. Here are just a few of our Christmas-time staple dishes.


{Pan de Jamon: bread rolled with ham, raisins and olives}

{Ensalada Rusa: a Venezuelan variation of the typical russian potato salad}

{Ponche Crema: milk/condensed milk based (egg-less) drink with rum}

January 7, 2011   1 Comment

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