spanish croquetas

16 Jan 2017 / Leonardo Barichello

This recipe started with the recipe published by escabeche on the Nottingham Cookbook and suffered a lot of changes until this version, the first one I am really satisfied with.

I love the idea of a spanish croquetas: small fried breaded bits of an almost gooey filling with small pieces of something very tasty, like jamon or some strong cheese. (I do not buy the pollo version)

vips croquetas

This recipe is for jamon and cheese croquetas and, as most of my recipes, is adjusted for a small portion. In this case, enough for 8 small croquetas which, in my opinion, is a good ammount for a starter for two.

150ml of milk
1/4 small onion very thinly chopped
1 garlic clove very thinly chopped
1 slice of jalapeno
15g of butter
15g of wheat flour
A hint of american mustard sauce
15g of any hard cheese (parmisan, grana padano) frated as thinly as possible
15g of jamon (or any other strong smoked ham) sliced very thinly
Salt to taste

Warm the milk on low heat and add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Leave it to infuse for 20 minutes keeping the temperature warm using as low fire as possible.

Strain the mixture and save both parts.

Melt the butter in a pan and the the flour slowly, stirring, in order to make a roux. Slowly add the liquid part of the previous mixture, mixing them well.

When it becomes a smooth and uniform dough add the mustard, cheese, ham, salt and the solid part from your strain, one at a time always mixing them together.

Spread the mixture in a plate, cover with foil and bring to the fridge to cool down for about 30 minutes.

Then, make small balls with the dough, pass them on flour, then on eggs and finally on breadcrumbs. Ibeally, they should be fried by immersion, but you can also do it with less oil (covering the balls at least to the middle) and turning them often.


01 Dec 2016 / Leonardo Barichello

This photo was taken on Poděbrady, Czech Republic, a lovely small city that I visited for a conference during last summer.

types of coffee

The drawing was in the door of a coffee shop that was, unfortunately, closed during my visit.

OpenQDA, an open software for qualitative data analysis

11 Nov 2016 / Leonardo Barichello

I am a user of free software since 2004 and a big enthusiast of the idea both in a practical and ideological sense. It has been more than 10 years since I do not need windows and I try to contribute with free software as often as I can.

When I realized my Ph.D research would be based on qualitative data, I noticed that I would have problems to find a free (open, libre) software to help me in the process. After some research, I decided to develop a software with one immediate and one long-term goal:

  • Help me to organize and analyse the qualitative data collected in my Ph.D. research (images);
  • Be constructed in such way that can be extended to support other typical sources of qualitative data (such as text, audio and video) in a simple and open format.

This was my background project during the last 10 months. I would say I have spent about 40 hours of coding in it and, fortunately, I was able to get to a stage where it does most of the things I need and it may be useful to other researchers. That is why I decided to make it public:

It is far from a full featured software, but I am incorporating more features progressively and it can already be combined with Nvivo via the scripts developed by BarraQDA. more info here.

Hopefully, this software will evolve to a free alternative to Nvivo!

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