Tagged with Olive oil

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

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

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

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

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

Gourmet Fair Flavors Madrid!

The Salón de Gourmets is well under way in Madrid this week, capping off its four-day run tomorrow. Organized annually by Grupo Gourmets, this has been a special year for this prestigious trade fair, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. Year after year this massive event entices visitors from all over the globe in search … Continue reading

Choosing Halal!

Choosing Halal!

It’s no surprise that Spanish food is renowned for its quality and diversity around the world. In addition to its universal appeal, Spanish food is also a popular choice among more specific consumer groups with diverse dietary needs. These include Muslim consumers both in and out of Spain who turn to this country’s growing range … Continue reading

A Few Christmas Recipes

A Few Christmas Recipes

With just days to go before much of Spain celebrates Christmas, Spaniards are stocking up on the wide variety of traditional Christmas sweets that make this winter holiday so… sweet. Whether turrón, polvorones, mantecados or any other of the often almond-based sweets on the Christmas menu, people need only head to their favorite specialty shop, … Continue reading

Soup Season!

Soup Season!

Despite the slightly milder-than-usual temperatures in Spain, there is no doubt that soup season has finally arrived, bringing with it a seemingly endless variety of different delicious Spanish soup recipes to try and enjoy. Some of my favorites are the wonderful, different vegetable purees, which are healthy and delicious and ideal on a cold day. … 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

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

EXPOLIVA Returns to Jaen!

It’s called EXPOLIVA, but it could just as well be called the LIOOCW, or the Largest International Olive Oil Congress in the World! Either way, this hugely important international conference is going on right now in the city of Jaén, Andalusia, bringing together more than 340 companies from the world olive oil industry – an … Continue reading

Spanish Cooking at Home

Spanish Cooking at Home

Another holiday season has come and gone and it’s time to kick off the new year with a fresh bunch of resolutions for living well and enjoying life. Many people use this time of year to resolve to eat more healthily which, after a month of holiday parties, dinners out and other events, often involves … 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

The History of Olive Oil

The History of Olive Oil

There has been big news as of late in the Spanish olive oil industry. For one, Spanish olive oil production is up 158% this season (2013/2014), with record production levels of over 1.5 million tons of olive oil. And if that weren’t enough, this season has also racked up record olive oil sales of more … Continue reading

Hungry for History!

Hungry for History!

For those of you who haven’t seen the Foods from Spain home page in a couple of days, you’ll be surprised by the new Food History section that was unveiled last week. With hundreds of years of culinary tradition, this new section is a must-read encyclopedia of Spanish culinary history and product information. It features … Continue reading