Hi Guys!! I’m so sorry I’ve been gone for so long–rest assured, I’m back. Bubbles + Bay will be going through a transformation very soon and it’s something I can’t wait to show you all! Please excuse my absence and enjoy the read to one of the best meals ever.
Barcelona/Barthelona/Barca/Barce/HEAVEN. For those of you who don’t know me well, I lived in Barcelona when I was a junior in college for four months. This was a pivotal time in my life because I was not only going through a cultural awakening– being that I was outside of my California bubble all on my own, but I was also learning more about who I am as an individual. So much of what I learned and experienced in Barcelona those four months have shaped much of who I am today! Barcelona will always feel like a home in my heart–man I wish I could have every last second of those days back.
A favorite spot for Barcelona study abroad kids was this small hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean food place called Bo de B. Wow I actually just felt myself start to salivate writing that down… so embarrassing. They opened around noon and I swear my friends and I would basically run from our campus in Plaza Catalunya down to the Barceloneta shop. We’d sometimes get there twenty to thirty minutes early just to make sure we didn’t have to wait in a huge line, which typically would wrap far down the block. Bo de B was known for their four sauces: hot sauce, avocado-cilantro sauce, tzatziki sauce, and a garlic sauce– I wish I knew how to make all 4 but I gave two of them my best shot. You could either put all your food into a fresh baguette for only FOUR euros or you could eat it plate style for only a couple euros more; but the most important part was to get all four of the sauces. Bo de B was cheap amazing food– what study abroad student wouldn’t be there? Not to mention we could take our sandwiches and sit on steps near a harbor of beautiful sailboats with cheap bottles of great wine. In an effort to cure my nostalgia, I decided to recreate Bo de B at home and MY GOD it was fabulous.
Here’s how I tackled the beast for 2 people:
2 Chicken breast
2 Roma tomatoes (medium sized)
1 Sweet onion
1 Large cucumber
1 Jar PITTED Kalamata olives (You can also mix in green olives)
1 Cup cooked lentils
Shredded iceberg lettuce (judge how much you want)
2 Cups sweet corn (off the cob)
Trader Joe’s tzatziki Sauce
Trader Joe’s cilantro and chive yogurt sauce +sriracha (mix the two in a bowl for a sweet and hot tangy sauce– the more sriracha the more HOT)
Cook chicken in a non stick pan with some olive oil, pepper and garlic salt (a few shakes of each) for about 20 minutes until it is golden brown (make sure it is cooked all the way through and there is no pink on the inside). While chicken is cooking begin the lentils– directions should be on bag but if not use: 1 cup lentils, 2 cups water, bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes or until water is gone. The sweet corn should also be lightly cooked– place in a small saucepan and use only a tiny bit of olive oil. Cook for 5-8 minutes until corn is tender, on medium heat. Cut cucumber, onion, tomato, olives and shred lettuce to a size preferable for you– see my pictures for an example. I marinated each vegetable in separate bowls with a little shake of salt & pepper, dash or two of balsamic. I added finely chopped fresh cilantro to the tomato, onion and the sweet corn for an extra kick. Once lentils are finished cooking, add a tiny shake of salt, two shakes of pepper, two dashes of olive oil and a spritz of balsamic to give them flavor.
When plating the meal I kept all the ingredients separate and made a nice presentation– just like they did at Bo de B of course. In the center I place a generous helping of the Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce and drizzled the rest of the plate with my sweet&spicy sauce of sriracha and the Trader Joe’s cilantro chive yogurt dip. Make sure you have both sauces on each bite and there you have it! A small taste of my Bo de B love all the way from Barcelona to home.
If you have questions while making Bo de B feel free to email me!