Tagged with Spanish food

Nuts for Spanish Nuts

Nuts for Spanish Nuts

So, here’s how my mind works: summer = salads = salad toppings = nuts. It seems like an obvious train of thought to me, but then again, perhaps not everyone is as obsessed as I am with finding uses for delicious Spanish nuts in just about every dish, no matter the season. Almonds, walnuts, pine … 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

Strawberries for spring!

Strawberries for spring!

Well, the weather has suddenly turned beautiful. The almond and cherry trees are blooming, the sun is shining, and today I took a walk in my shirt sleeves – face turned up towards the sun. It’s winter going on spring, and spring going on summer, and nothing seems like a more fitting way to celebrate … Continue reading

MoVida. Spanish Culinary Adventures

MoVida. Spanish Culinary Adventures

From the author who brought us Movida’s Guide to Barcelona and Movida Rústica comes Movida. Spanish Culinary Adventures, a nearly 400-page book about Spanish home-style cuisine. This Spanish-born, Australia-raised chef hasn’t forgotten the wonders of his grandmother and aunts’ kitchens in Spain and the classic flavors and recipes that they created. This book pays homage … Continue reading

Healthy Frying, Spanish Style

Healthy Frying, Spanish Style

Who doesn’t love digging into a delicious plate of fried food? Whether it’s a simple dish like french fries, or something more “exotic” like a wonderful and typical Andalusian fritura of small, fresh sardines; hot, crisp and expertly fried food is always a guilty pleasure… but does it have to be? The answer, according to … Continue reading

International Conquests of Pimentón

International Conquests of Pimentón

It’s not surprising that Spanish pimentón has been featured on the Foods and Wines from Spain home page this past month. After all, this wonderful smokey Spanish spice is an essential ingredient in many of this country’s most beloved and coveted dishes and products. Brought back from the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and … Continue reading

Happy (almost) 4th!

Happy (almost) 4th!

It’s the 4th of July tomorrow, an American holiday that provides celebrants with the perfect excuse to load up the car with a picnic basket and blanket and head for (hopefully) cooler temperatures in the great outdoors. Mountains? A lake? The ocean? A swimming pool? A nearby park? Wherever you spend your July 4th, it’s … Continue reading

Chef Alberto Herráiz on Paella

Chef Alberto Herráiz on Paella

Summer invariably leads to thoughts of the beach, which inevitably remind me of a vegetable paella that I ate on a beach in Denia, Alicante, several years ago. There have been many paellas in my life, and I am fortunate to say that many of them have been both memorable and excellent, but nothing has … Continue reading

Gastronomy, gardens and history in Cáceres!

Gastronomy, gardens and history in Cáceres!

May 1st is a holiday in Spain and many other countries (International Worker’s Day), and since it conveniently falls on a Friday this year, there is no better time than now to start planning a springtime long weekend in the wonderful Spanish city of Cáceres. Not only was this incredible and historic city in Extremadura … Continue reading

The Tapas Revolution Cookbook

The Tapas Revolution Cookbook

Ever since he brought his Tapas Revolution to London, Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has been turning heads and winning palates with his award-winning cuisine. In fact, just last week he was in the news once again, thanks to being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015 by the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of … Continue reading

Make it hake for dinner!

Make it hake for dinner!

It’s very common to see merluza or hake on the menu in Spanish dining establishments. This type of fish is very valued for its firm, white flesh, which has a wonderful, mild flavor that lends itself to any number of different traditional and modern Spanish dishes. Spanish-caught Hake is one of the most widely consumed … Continue reading

Potato PotAHHHHH!to

Potato PotAHHHHH!to

With annual international gastronomy conference Madrid Fusión going on this month in the Spanish capital it’s easy to get caught up in spherifications, gelifications, liquid nitrogen baths, deconstructions and the like. However, when it comes down to it, these and other avant garde culinary techniques would be nothing if it weren’t for the wonderful basic … Continue reading

Spanish Seafood to Warm the Winter Months

Spanish Seafood to Warm the Winter Months

Even though plates heaped with a wide variety of fish and seafood often conjure thoughts of sitting on a  beach basking in the summer sun, the winter months are when one can truly find a dizzying array of incredible shellfish and other creatures from the sea available at the market. Of course, don’t get me … Continue reading

José Andrés Comes for Dinner

José Andrés Comes for Dinner

Academy Award winning actress, singer, life-style guru, cookbook author and gastronome Gwyneth Paltrow really seems to have it all. And when you add the fact that world-class chefs like famed Spanish chef José Andrés, have been known to ‘call round’ to her house in London with bags full of groceries and invite themselves in for … Continue reading