Lentejas con chorizo

This is a recipe for Rita and her mom.


  • Organic green lentils ( 16oz/450gr). We use brown lentils in Spain but the ones I have tried in the US are too hard.
  • 1 Chorizo. This is the one I buy in a supermarket next to my place, it is cheaper than the one here on Amazon.
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt (sorry, I have never measured how much)
  • A dash of olive oil
  • You probably will not have this, so skip it: A piece of bone leftover from a Spanish ham, with some ham attached. We buy a ham for Xmas then we cut the leftover bone in pieces and freeze them. In Spain you find this in the supermarkets.
  • A baguette to dip and clean the plate (optional but highly recommended).


  • On a pressure cooker, put the lentils, the onion minced small, the chorizo cut in chunks, the garlic gloves pealed and all the other ingredients.
  • Cover with water. Sorry I have never measured the water. It depends on how thick you like the stew, you will have to experiment or do some Googling?
  • Close the lead. Put on the fire on medium heat.
  • Once the steam starts coming out, lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, it doesn’t matter, it will just take longer. You cook the lentils until they are soft, add water if you need to.


After the lentils are cooked:

In a small pan, add some olive oil, fry a garlic until deep brown, throw the garlic, add a tablespoon of flour and cook until slightly brown. Take the pan out of the fire, add a tablespoon of smoked paprika and pour over the lentils. Cook around 5 minutes, it will thicken the sauce.

I don’t usually do this because it means another pan to wash but my mom and grandma always did.


Not the best pictures, they are from different days and places, hope you get an idea.

Unrelated Things I Liked

Art Books Outings Recipes

Voma: An Online Art Museum for Everyone

Last week we visited A free, virtual, entirely online, art museum.

Screenshot from the museum entrance.

Inés (9 years old) liked the video from and the painting from Manet (Eduárd)

I liked the room with paintings from Abe Odedina and Manet, and the video from Gilbert & George.

The museum has a reading room where you can learn more about the artists.

We really enjoyed the visit and gave a small donation. I hope the museum will be a success. I am looking forward to see how it experiments with the changeable architecture and the possibilities of bringing together artists and artworks from different times and places.

You can hear Stuart Semple talking about the museum for the Kickstarter project:

Random things I liked last week

For a change from the many things not to like last week:

  • A book from Julia Alvarez, “En el tiempo de las mariposas“, a historical fiction during Trujillo dictatorship in República Dominicana. I loved the book. I found the first half very slow and a bit boring but then it all changes and I couldn’t put it down.
  • The movie Soul. We watched it with the kids and everyone liked it. The animations are beautiful, the music too and who doesn’t like New York?
  • Baking a Galette des Rois, from David Lebovitz recipe. It turned out pretty good. The kids didn’t like the orange zest because change but I did, and I am keeping the recipe.
Kids Recipes

Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy chocolate cake, for birthday or school parties. Quick to make, just a few ingredients and children can do most of it!

Easy Chocolate Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 200 gr baking chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 100 gr butter
  • 70 gr flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C

  2. On a deep bowl, beat the eggs (with a whisker or electric beater)

  3. Add sugar and flour.

  4. On another bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave (using defrost settings)

  5. Add the butter to the chocolate, cut in chunks, mix until melted.

  6. Add the mixture of chocolate-butter to the bowl with eggs-sugar-flour and mix.

  7. Put in a buttered mould and bake. Do not overbake.

  8. While the cake is cooking, let the children lick the bowl.

Recipe Notes

Double the quantities to get a cake for 8-10 people. 

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