Tagged with Turrón

Six Christmas Sweets

Six Christmas Sweets

With Christmas coming up this weekend and stores closing all over Spain on Saturday afternoon (the main celebration here takes place on the night of December 24th), people are eagerly stocking up on any number of the wonderful Christmas sweets that make this holiday so special in Spain. Yes, from marzipan to turrón and everything in between, … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry: Turrón

The Spanish Pantry: Turrón

As we inch our way into the holiday season, thoughts start turning to typical Spanish sweets like turrón, the harbinger of the holidays. This much-beloved holiday fare is rapidly filling grocery store shelves, people’s pantries and gift baskets of all kinds in preparation for the December holidays. But what are the secrets to this divine sweet … Continue reading

The Spanish Pantry

The Spanish Pantry

The richness of the Spanish pantry is legendary all over the world, both for its variety and quality. Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, spices and legumes are just a few of the wonderful foods that make Spain’s gastronomy so great. This bounty is made even richer by the fact that each and every one of these … Continue reading

Irresistable Mediterranean Tapas in Alicante!

Irresistable Mediterranean Tapas in Alicante!

The first thing I did after reading Rodrigo García Fernández’s article Mediterranean Tapas in Alicante: Bar hop your way through the culinary essence of the Mediterranean on Foods and Wines from Spain, was to get online and look for train tickets to Alicante (in the Valencian Community). Stomach grumbling, I was only seconds away from … Continue reading

Capital Sweets!

Capital Sweets!

Bidding goodbye to 2015, I went out on my yearly pilgrimage for holiday sweets this week in Madrid, making sure to stop at all of my favorite places to pick up some of the wonderful and traditional seasonal fare that is part of what makes the Spanish capital such a delightful place to spend the … 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

A little bit of Honey!

A little bit of Honey!

Honey is as versatile an ingredient as it is delicious. It is used as a sweetener for teas and other beverages, desserts, fruit, breads and pastries, and any number of other things. It is also a delicious complement to savory dishes, adding layers of texture and flavor to fresh and cured meats, cheeses and other … Continue reading

Sweet Sweet Holidays in Madrid

Sweet Sweet Holidays in Madrid

With the holidays just around the corner and the holiday cheer literally on our doorstep in Madrid, the streets of the Spanish capital are getting more and more crowded with shoppers, tourists and locals every day, all of them out for stroll to take in the holiday decorations and lights, enjoy some tapas or a … Continue reading

Turrón Temptations!

Turrón Temptations!

Happy December! The holiday season is upon us, and whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, (my) birthday, New Year’s or any number of other festive occasions, it’s definitely a time for getting together with friends and family for meals, snacks, coffees or general holiday cheer. In Spain, there are few things that mark the onset of … 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

Happy (late) Diwali!

Happy (late) Diwali!

The beginning of November marked the celebration of Diwali Festival in India, the five-day Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights! This festive event starts on the 13th lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month, Ashwin. This year, it began on November 1st, with the biggest part of … Continue reading

Mid-Autumn Festival in China and… Spanish turrón?

Mid-Autumn Festival in China and… Spanish turrón?

This week marks the beginning of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival in China, a celebration that coincides with the Eighth Full Moon festival and not only celebrates the moon, but also (hopefully) foreshadows an abundant rice harvest, among other things. Held every September in China and Hong Kong, this festival is a time when people traditionally … Continue reading