Tagged with Castile-La Mancha

The Purple Garlic Capital

The Purple Garlic Capital

You would be hard-pressed to consume an entire meal in Spain without finding at least one dish on the menu that has been prepared with that oh-so-indispensable Spanish ingredient: garlic. Yes, Spanish garlic is a fundamental building block of Spanish gastronomy, and it also plays a key role in this country’s agri-food industry, which exports … Continue reading

Video: Spanish Tapas Recipes, Pisto!

Video: Spanish Tapas Recipes, Pisto!

While the French dish ratatouille might be a more familiar word to some (due in large part to the endearing movie by the same name), Spanish pisto truly has nothing to envy of its cousin to the north. This classic fried vegetable medley (usually referred to as Pisto Manchego – reflecting its origins in Castile-La Mancha) is an unmistakably integral dish in … Continue reading

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Olive Oil in Castile-León

Spanish olive oil is famous all over the world – there’s no surprise there – but many consumers (both in Spain and abroad) associate this top product with regions like Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile-La Mancha, and even parts of Catalonia, and with good reason. But northwestern Spanish region Castile-León is also starting to make a name … Continue reading

Toledo, the everything getaway!

Toledo, the everything getaway!

It sometimes seems like you have to go far away to feel like you’re on vacation, but there’s no reason why this should be true. Sometimes, incredible treasures are just around the corner, which is the case with Madrid’s lovely neighbor to the south, Toledo (Castile-La Mancha). Monumental, historic, stunningly picturesque and wonderfully stocked with … Continue reading

Touring the flavors of La Mancha

Touring the flavors of La Mancha

I just booked a spring holiday in the central Spanish Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha, a region that, if for no other reason, is beloved around the world for being the home of fictional Spanish gentleman Don Quixote.   However, beyond Cervantes, Castile-La Mancha has so very much to offer visitors, by way of historic … Continue reading

The Garlic Capital!

The Garlic Capital!

Where would Spanish cuisine, or almost any country’s cuisine for that matter, be without garlic? Garlic is the backbone of this nation’s gastronomy and the (bulbous) apple of its eye. Raw, pickled, roasted, boiled, fried or sauteed, Spanish garlic is just so… good! Of course Spaniards aren’t the only ones who are in on this … Continue reading

The Pomegranate Touch!

The Pomegranate Touch!

Every holiday I prepare different versions of more or less the same “Christmas salad”. Some type of lettuce – preferably one with a little character and bite, like an escarole –, some variety of citrus fruit, maybe orange, or grapefruit; some tasty extras like avocado, artichokes, tomatoes or slivered almonds; and some sort of intense … Continue reading

Travels to Cuenca

Travels to Cuenca

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to make plans for a holiday excursion. Though Spanish beaches are famed all over the world and attract countless national and international visitors every year, they are by no means the only tourist attraction in this country. Cities exuding culture, monuments, architecture and … Continue reading

Cooking from the Heart of Spain

Cooking from the Heart of Spain

Twenty years have gone by since I read Spanish classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (ack!), and while I may not remember what this hapless knight ate on his travels, I do remember thinking that most of it sounded good. The cuisine of Castile-La Mancha, the native land of Don Quixote, is still as … Continue reading

FENAVIN 2015

FENAVIN 2015

This year’s edition of wine fair FENAVIN is on right now in Ciudad Real (Castile-La Mancha). It will last through tomorrow, May 15th. This objective of this trade fair is to provide a platform for wine buyers from all over the world to meet directly with wineries from all of the Spanish wine producing regions. … Continue reading

Spanish eggplants big and small!

Spanish eggplants big and small!

Fried, roasted, stewed, battered and more. Spanish eggplant (called berenjena in Spanish) is an incredibly versatile vegetable, which can be prepared any number of ways. The small PGI Berenjena de Almagro eggplant is a genetically unique species cultivated in the environs of the town of Almagro (Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha) that has been prepared according … Continue reading

Carmencita, Flavors of Spain

Carmencita, Flavors of Spain

Close to a hundred years ago, a Spanish entrepreneur traveled to Marseille from Castile-La Mancha to sell wine at this important international port. Upon arriving, a chance encounter with some traders from India led him down a new course: to sell the red gold of his home in La Mancha – Spanish saffron – in … Continue reading

Fields of Purple for ICEX Chefs

Fields of Purple for ICEX Chefs

The twelve participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy are well into their two-week trip through Spain, during which they have the opportunity to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences like the one they undertook last Friday morning in Castile-La Mancha. The chefs visited this region’s famed saffron farms: purple-hued fields dotted … Continue reading

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

ICEX Tour Sets Off!

The twelve international participants in this year’s edition of the ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy “hit the road” today, embarking on a two week trip around Spain to get an intimate look at some of its most significant culinary players, including producers, chefs and other Spanish food industry professionals, all while visiting striking monuments, … Continue reading

Turrón with foie gras, fennel and seasonal herbs

Turrón with foie gras, fennel and seasonal herbs

People generally associate Spanish turrón with dessert, an after-dinner or mid afternoon sweet that, when eaten on its own, invokes the best of holiday cheer and delicious nutty and honey flavors. However, this traditional Spanish confection is so much more. It can also be used as an evocative ingredient in any number of different recipes. … Continue reading