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Spanish soup secrets

Spanish soup secrets

There’s nothing that takes the edge off chilly fall weather quite like delicious soup. Make it with vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, bread, cream, or just about any other ingredients, and a bowl of piping hot soup will be your best friend this season. But sometimes having so many possibilities can also make it hard to … Continue reading

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

I’m the first person to start dreaming of soups and stews as soon as the weather gets slightly chilly. In fact, by this time of year, I’m already starting to stock up on a variety of ingredients that go great in just about any stew: Spanish beans, a chunk of smoky bacon, some leafy green kale, a couple … Continue reading

Avant-garde apples

Avant-garde apples

It’s apple season again in Spain and, as with every year at this time,  I just can’t get enough of crisp, sweet and delicious Spanish apples. But whether you like them fresh and crunchy, or cooked into any number of dishes, Spanish apples are as flavorful as they are versatile, holding their own in a variety … 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

Strawberry recipes for every taste

Strawberry recipes for every taste

Wimbledon has officially come to a close, and on the off chance that there are any leftovers from the approximately 30,000 kilos of strawberries (66,000 pounds) that are consumed during this annual sporting event, here are a couple of our favorite, easy and fantastic recipes that bring out the best of sweet and savory flavors in … 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

Hot summer, cold soup!

Hot summer, cold soup!

It’s no secret that Spaniards love their soup. It doesn’t matter which region you travel to, each has its own spoon-fed culinary traditions to nurture body and soul. Of course this fact doesn’t change when the weather turns hot either. In a country as hot and arid as Spain can get in the summertime, cold … Continue reading

Hearty summer salads!

Hearty summer salads!

With the hot weather finally here to stay I have started yearning for crisp and cold foods like salads to keep me refreshed on hot summer days and nights. At the same time, with my busy schedule and generally ravenous family, I have to make sure to prepare food that is both healthy and hearty enough to … 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

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

Pilpil, 3 ways!

Pilpil, 3 ways!

So, what is pilpil you might ask, unless of course you’ve ever been to Basque Country, the home of this traditional Spanish culinary technique. To quote the Foods and Wines from Spain FAQ section: Pilpil is a traditional Basque culinary technique used in some recipes for fish, usually salt cod or hake cheeks. After desalting the … Continue reading

Strawberry goodness!

Strawberry goodness!

Oooooh, I can tell Spanish strawberry season is just about in full swing by the overflowing stacks of wooden flats piled high with large gleaming strawberries at my local market. Though I’ve been buying these fabulously delicious and healthy berries for weeks now (my family can’t get enough of them and I wanted to make … Continue reading