Posted in May 2016

The Fruits of Summer!

The Fruits of Summer!

I gave my young daughter her first taste of paraguayo this morning and the look on her face said it all. Juicy, sweet and with an irresistible perfume, this delectable peach variety is grown almost exclusively in Spain (mostly in Murcia), with the majority of the crop exported to satisfy an ever-growing demand. With the … Continue reading

Summer fruit crumble!

Summer fruit crumble!

I tend to get over-excited when summer fruit season arrives, filling my shopping basket to the brim with what are invariably more peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines, plums and the like, than I could ever hope to consume before they go bad. Anyway, after the first half-dozen or so pieces of these deliciously aromatic fruits have … Continue reading

Delectable Spanish rice recipes!

Delectable Spanish rice recipes!

While we’re on the topic of delicious Spanish rice, I figured why not start the weekend off right with a couple of mouthwatering rice recipes from Foods and Wines from Spain. The first of these three recipes, Stuffed eggplant with prawns and bomba rice, pays homage to the type of rice mentioned in Wednesday’s post … Continue reading

The bomba!

The bomba!

I’ve been on a huge rice kick lately: eating it plain, baked in the oven with vegetables and chicken, meat, fish or seafood; or leftover the next day and tossed cold into a salad. You don’t need me to tell you that the list of culinary possibilities for this versatile grain is endless, but you might be … Continue reading

DO Alicante’s Sweet Moment

DO Alicante’s Sweet Moment

With a winemaking history that dates back more than 3,000 years, the wines of the Mediterranean region of Alicante have held fast to age-old winemaking wisdom, grape varieties and tradition, in every sense of the word. At the same time, DO Alicante wines are powering through the present and into the future with the other eye on … Continue reading

Tasting Tapas in Barcelona, Part II

Tasting Tapas in Barcelona, Part II

Looking for something delicious and adventurous to do over the weekend? Why not hop over to the stunning Spanish metropolis of Barcelona for another fabulous weekend of tapa-inspired revelry? But this time around, go beyond the huge array of tapa joints in the old city, described in Tasting Tapas in Barcelona: The Old Town – … Continue reading

DO Vinos de Madrid

DO Vinos de Madrid

With the official festivities in honor of Madrid‘s patron saint San Isidro wrapping up this past  Monday (the actual Saint’s Day was on May 15th), I thought “What better way to bid adios to this annual celebration than with a glass or two of any of the number of fantastic wines from Denomination of Origin Madrid?”. … Continue reading

Hearty food for cool San Isidro

Hearty food for cool San Isidro

The San Isidro festivities are upon us once again, with the official date to celebrate Madrid‘s patron saint falling on this Sunday, May 15th. As this year’s San Isidro celebration gets underway, it seems that this patron saint might be smiling down on those who like to mark this very madrileño event by enjoying a taste of some of … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry: Sherry Wineries

The Spanish Pantry: Sherry Wineries

Remember when we introduced you to the wonderful new series The Spanish Pantry on the Foods and Wines from Spain YouTube Channel? Well, if you thought that these gorgeous and evocative videos were only about different Spanish food products, think again! In addition to The Spanish Pantry Food series, there is also an excellent The … Continue reading

Crisp Spanish Cucumbers

Crisp Spanish Cucumbers

Unsung heroes in a wide variety of dishes, Spanish cucumbers (pepinos) are wonderfully flavorful, crisp and refreshing. Also, thanks to the mild climate in Andalusia (where the vast majority of Spanish cucumbers are cultivated) and innovative growing techniques, cucumbers are available nearly year-round in Spain, resulting in an annual cucumber harvest of around 740 thousand tons, or more than 25% of all European … Continue reading

Cucumber: gazpacho’s secret weapon?

Cucumber: gazpacho’s secret weapon?

You really can’t blame anyone for immediately thinking of tomatoes when somebody mentions one of Spain’s most beloved cold soups, gazpacho.  However, there’s another delicious Spanish vegetable that has its part to play in this refreshing and insanely popular soup: cucumber! It’s no secret that classic gazpacho is typically made with ripe tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, bread, extra virgin … Continue reading

Cheese! Rioja!

Cheese! Rioja!

Ah, Rioja… Just the sound of that name brings to mind thoughts of vines, grapes and glass after glass of delicious Spanish wine. But Rioja has more to offer gastronomy lovers than just excellent wines. This region has also made a name for itself in the production of quality goat’s milk cheese PDO Queso Camerano. Learn … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Favorites

Mother’s Day Favorites

Mother’s Day was yesterday, May 1st, in Spain, as well as in Portugal and Hungary, and a handful of other countries in Africa and Europe. But the, ehem, mother lode of Mother’s Day celebrations around the world is next Sunday, May 8th. Of course every country and family has its own traditions, but gift ideas … Continue reading