The Salmorejo, usually served as a starter or tapa, is closely related to the widely known Gazpacho. In fact, it is well-known by Andalusians and most Spaniards, but not as widely consumed as Gazpacho. It comes from the southern region of Cordoba, known not only for its impressive mosque, but its tasty food. Some might say that the Salmorejo is a simplified Gazpacho, but it is far more than that: a rich, refreshing and spoonable delight -ideal for hot summer days-. [Read more…] about Salmorejo – A Refreshing Tomato Starter
Lemonade is not something unique to Spain, but you do find plenty of people making it during warm Summer days. After all, Spain has some exquisite lemons! I especially like lemonade with mint. Spanish recipes tend to use a specific type of mint called hierbabuena. [Read more…] about Lemonade with Mint
What is it that croquetas have that makes Spain adore them? I’m unsure but, as a friend of mine would say, everything that is fried is great. Quite often have I heard that a couple of croquetas with some salad on the side make a light dinner. Not sure what is light about it, but they definitely make a great dinner. [Read more…] about Mushroom Croquetas
The leek and potato cream (crema de puerros y patatas) is a classic soup that is widely cooked in Spain. Although soups with similar ingredients exist in other countries, Spanish recipes are characterised by the use of olive oil and the pre-frying of the ingredients.
The leek and potato cream reminds of the cold soup Vichyssoise, but it has fewer ingredients and is eaten hot. It is also different to the leek and potato soup (sopa de puerros y patatas), where the ingredients are not blended. [Read more…] about Leek and Potato Cream
Once more I decided to publish a very special recipe. These Rosquillas are typically baked and eaten during the Easter time in Cadiz. Similar recipes are found in other places around the country. My neighbours used to bring these over to us every year, in the same way they would bring Pestiños for Christmas. [Read more…] about Rosquetes – an Easter Treat
The Canarian cuisine has some regional particularities which make it unique and different to other Spanish regions. However, Canarian recipes are often forgotten in mainstream Spanish cuisine. The Canarians have a huge variety of potatoes, including many sweet potatoes (I especially like the white varieties of these!). Some of the old varieties of Canarian potatoes, the so-called ‘Papas antiguas de Canarias’, have received a protected origin seal from the European Union. [Read more…] about Papas Arrugadas – Wrinkled Potatoes
The above picture was taken on my last visit to Tenerife, in a small coffee place after lunch. I thought that it would be worth sharing this, rather than me attempting to get such a beautifully designed coffee! [Read more…] about Barraquito – A fancy coffee
The Garlic and Parsley Sauce is a basic one in Spanish cuisine. Simple to make and an excellent choice to boost the taste of dishes. It’s often used in meat and especially fish dishes, but it’s also excellent on salads (especially pasta and pulse salad), to dip bread, to spread over potatoes… you name it! [Read more…] about Salsa de ajo y perejil
You might have noticed that I have turned into a big fan of the Canary Islands. Had I never decided to travel there, I would have never discovered gofio and its recipes. So, what is gofio? It’s basically toasted flour. Traditionally wheat or corn flour, but nowadays you can find all sorts of toasted flours on the islands. [Read more…] about Mousse de Gofio
The tradition of filling courgettes, peppers or aubergines does not necessarily come from Spain, but Spanish cuisine does have its own way of doing it. There is a tendency to have meat in it, but also vegetarian and vegan versions can be found.
The following is a recipe that uses the meat of the courgettes to do a ‘sofrito’ with other vegetables and then tops the whole thing with plenty of béchamel (a recipe for this will be coming soon!). To make it vegan you just need a vegan béchamel. [Read more…] about Stuffed Courgettes