Tagged with Garlic

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

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

Sautéed green beans with Ibérico ham

For me summer cooking is all about simplicity and letting your fresh and flavorful ingredients shine through. So when I need a break from salads, one of my favorite things to do with summer vegetables like green beans is to sauté them up with some Spanish extra virgin olive oil, garlic and Ibérico ham slivers. … Continue reading

Summer soup recipe bonanza!

Summer soup recipe bonanza!

With the summer heat on full-blast by now, it’s only inevitable that we start craving cold soups… The good news is that whether you’re an amateur or a pro in the kitchen, the range of delicious recipes for Spanish cold soups includes something for everyone. This is also true in terms of different flavor-bases and … 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

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

What a little garlic can do…

What a little garlic can do…

It would be hard to imagine a world without garlic. This bulbous plant is a chef’s best friend, elevating even the simplest of dishes to the next level in terms of aromas and flavors. Sure, you can (and should!) add garlic to the most complex of stews, stocks, sauces and more, but garlic really shines … 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

Video: Sofrito magic

Video: Sofrito magic

Where would any of us be without sofrito? This combination of onions, garlic, tomatoes (and usually peppers) sauteed in olive oil is the basis for countless Spanish dishes, infusing them with deep undercurrents of Mediterranean flavors. In addition to the first step in many recipes, it is also a sauce and, it would seem, somewhat … Continue reading

Tubers Galore!

Tubers Galore!

One thing I love about Spanish food is that no product, no matter how humble or everyday, is considered unworthy of greatness. Garlic, different types of onions, potatoes and other culinary staples all become points of pride in Spanish gastronomy when specific varieties are planted in certain areas and cultivated with care. In addition to … Continue reading

Spanish Broccoli Goodness!

Spanish Broccoli Goodness!

Spanish broccoli is delicious, nutritious and all over the markets, both in Spain and abroad. Spain is the world’s third producer and first exporter of this crop, which is really getting into its season starting now, in November. Personally, broccoli is just about one of my absolute favorite vegetables, and I like to eat it … Continue reading

Thank Goodness for Fish!

Thank Goodness for Fish!

TGIF! TGFF! Well, it almost works! It’s Friday and it’s a gorgeous day in Madrid. Summer is finally here and it’s time to start thinking about heading to the market and picking up something delicious for lunch or dinner. One of my favorite foods from Spain when the weather gets hot is lubina, or sea … Continue reading

The Garlic Kiss: Spain’s Indispensable Ingredient

The Garlic Kiss: Spain’s Indispensable Ingredient

Olive oil and…garlic. What would either of these essential Spanish foods be without the other? There is perhaps nothing as important as a base for Spanish cuisine as a dollop of olive oil and a couple of sauteed cloves of Spanish garlic. And that’s no surprise, considering that Spain is the world’s fifth largest producer … Continue reading

Inspiration from Tocino and Spring

Inspiration from Tocino and Spring

On my short walk to work, through the historical village of Ezcaray (La Rioja), I pass by a fresh and seasonal selection of products. First, in one of the alleyways that interweaves through the town centre, there is an array of fresh vegetables displayed right on the street. Now that spring has peeked around the … Continue reading