First two chapters

You can read the first two chapters of my novel "The Chosen" by clicking here

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Burger Truck in Sophia Antipolis

I'm a big burger fan and I am always looking for the next best burger and although there are some decent burgers in the region (French Riviera) it wasn't until recently (actually, end of 2013, this is an old entry I made) that I found out this amazing burger place.

I have to clarify I have absolutely no commercial interest or benefit from this place, my only interest is that he doesn't have to move somewhere else because there isn't enough business here. The main inconvenience is that even though it is quite well located in Sophia Antipolis it is a bit hidden, so here is my contribution to the burger's fan community

The truck is located in Route du Parc, where the gas station is, but he is on the opposite direction, if you take the road coming from Antibes to Valbonne it will be on your right, where there is a big parking area and they sell wood. If you want more specifics, here are the GPS coordinates (43.609016, 7.053897) try them in Google maps.

He makes a mean Cheeseburger, and he does a good chicken burger as well. The service is very good, Sam cooks and Ausra serves, Sam used to work as a chef on Yachts. between the two of them they speak French, English, Spanish, German and Lithuanian.

And, one more thing, if you tell them you read it here they will offer you free coffee, just mention my name :-)

Probably the best burger in the region, but don't believe me, go and try it for yourself.

Friday, August 23, 2013

How to make homemade Cachapas (in France)

First of all lets define what are Cachapas. According to Wikipedia:

"Cachapas are a traditional Venezuelan and Colombian dish made from corn. Like arepas, they are popular at roadside stands. They can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled (cachapa de hoja). The most common varieties are made with fresh ground corn mixed into a thick batter and cooked on a budare, like pancakes; the cachapa is slightly thicker and lumpier because of the pieces from corn kernels." source.

I never had to worry about how to make chachapas when I was living in Venezuela, but since I came to Europe I started missing them so I decided to foind out how to make them, and this is what I discovered.

Ingredients for 10-12 chachapas:
- 3 big cans of sweet corn - ultra tender (300gr each) or equivalent

- 8 tablespoons of corn flour (I only use Harina P.A.N.) This can be tricky to find, try latinamerican markets if you have close by, I find them in an asian market.

- 2 tablespoons of refined sugar
- 1 tea spoon of salt

mix all the ingredients into a bowl and blend until you get a sticky dough, it will be lumpy, which  is normal.

If the though is too dry it will be difficult to flatten, if it is too humid it will stick to the pan, here's my advice, take a table spoon of dough and then turn the spoon side ways, the dough should take about 3 seconds to fall, if it falls immediately add more corn flour, if it takes too long to fall, you can add some water or milk to soften it.

Take a tablespoon full of the dough and put it on a frying pan that you have slightly oiled before.

And then with the help of a second spoon expand and flatten the dough.

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side at medium fire.
I like to add ham, fresh cheese (like mozzarella) and natural yougurt that I add half a teaspoon of salt.

Let me know if it worked for you.


Friday, April 12, 2013

My latest creation - supergirl ;-)

This is a vector image created using Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.

If I find time :-P I'll do some more of this.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"The Chosen"

Hi All,

It is finally here, "The Chosen", my science fiction novel is available in paperback and electronic version in the following links:
A big Thank You to all who in one way or another helped me make this dream come true.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

First two chapters

You can read the first two chapters of "The Chosen" here

The Chosen - almost there

My book has been translated and reviewed again, and again, and again...

But now it is ready to be published :-)

A special thanks to my translator Christine Walsh who did an amazing job.