The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

The Spanish Pantry: Idiazabal Cheese

Next up on our list of fantastic video’s from “The Spanish Pantry” series on the Foods and Wines from Spain YouTube channel is this wonderful video on PDO Idiazabal Cheese, a raw, sheep’s milk cheese made in certain areas of the Basque Country and Navarre, and a favorite with Spanish chefs and Spanish and international … Continue reading

The onions of Fuentes de Ebro

The onions of Fuentes de Ebro

Considering how absolutely fundamental onions are to Spanish cooking – where they’re regularly used in stocks, stews, sauces, salads and as part of the essential sofrito, the basis for so very many traditional and non-traditional dishes – I feel like we don’t talk about them nearly enough. One variety of Spanish onion that is definitely worth mentioning … Continue reading

Chef profile: Andoni Luis Aduriz

Chef profile: Andoni Luis Aduriz

Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment and recognize greatness, just because we can. Spanish chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is nothing if not incredibly deserving of such recognition. From his two-Michelin-star restaurant Mugaritz, located just outside the town of Errenteria, about 24 miles from San Sebastián, Aduriz has forged a singular culinary universe wherein herbs, flowers … Continue reading

I’ll say it again. Zucchini!

I’ll say it again. Zucchini!

Do people talk about zucchini? I feel like they don’t, or at least not nearly as often as they should. I picked up a box of incredibly-shaped organic Spanish zucchini the other day, and I couldn’t help but marvel at the garden-fresh aromas and firm flesh of these versatile vegetables, which are available virtually all year, … Continue reading

Video: Traditional Marinades

Video: Traditional Marinades

Spanish food lovers will definitely have heard of the ancient culinary technique of preserving foods in escabeche, a liquid mixture comprised of vinegar, herbs (pimentón, cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves) and olive oil, and sometimes including things like white wine, onion and garlic. Other traditional Spanish marinades used for food conservation include adobo and salmuera, which, like escabeche, both add wonderful … Continue reading

Summer fruit salad with a twist!

Summer fruit salad with a twist!

This might be the simplest salad you eat this summer (or maybe not, I ate a Spanish tomato for a snack this afternoon, whole like an apple and just sprinkled with salt), but you definitely won’t forget it. Summer fruit like plums, apricots and watermelon work great, as do peaches, nectarines and paraguayas. Then, just combine … Continue reading

Winning Tapas at the Summer Olympics

Winning Tapas at the Summer Olympics

With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro now in full swing, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the fact that athletes from all over the world are not the only ones to be enjoying success and prestige during these Olympic games. No indeed! By all accounts, Spanish tapas are also getting their … Continue reading

For the love of (writing about) Spanish food

For the love of (writing about) Spanish food

Nacho Manzano, Ricard Camarena, Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca, Ángel León… What do all these people have in common? Sure, they’re all top-tier Spanish chefs who together represent about a dozen Michelin stars, but they are also the authors of acclaimed cookbooks compiling their achievements in Spanish cuisine and offering insights into this country’s excellent products and … Continue reading

Mapping Spanish Gastronomy

Mapping Spanish Gastronomy

As we all know, Spain is a wealth of top-quality gastronomic products, with many of these superb articles hailing from particular regions, proudly bearing the standards of these areas’ soils, ecosystems, climate, traditions, culture, history and more. Of these products, which cover a huge range of agri-food items and others, perhaps none are so well-known … Continue reading

Wine, jazz and fresh air in Somontano

Wine, jazz and fresh air in Somontano

If you’re looking for a slightly cooler weekend activity that combines fantastic Spanish wine, music, gastronomy, culture and more, all in a stunningly beautiful mountain setting, then head to this weekend’s Somontano Wine Festival, an event that promises all of the above and more. Now in its 17th year, this annual event is on this … Continue reading

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

Gastronomic Gold in Madrid

It’s no secret that you can get excellent extra virgin olive oil in just about any corner of Spain. Although the plentifully flowing, quality olive oils of Andalusia are definitely some of the world’s most well-known, a number of other Spanish regions also produce excellent olive oils, including Castile-León, La Rioja and Catalonia, among others. Of … Continue reading

Watermelon relief!

Watermelon relief!

There’s a fruit stand that sets up every summer at the end of my street in Madrid selling only Spanish watermelons. It’s truly a sight to see. Every morning when I walk past, the basketball-sized watermelons are piled high on either side of the fruit vendor — seeded on one side and seedless on the other … Continue reading

Spanish vinegar variety

Spanish vinegar variety

With salad season firmly upon us, the question often comes down to: to dress, or not to dress? Do you dress your salads before serving them, or leave dressing options on the table for individuals to dress their own? Do you like creamy or complex dressings, or are you the oil and vinegar type? If … Continue reading