Posts Tagged ‘Spanish Cuisine’

Louise Brace
The Gastrofestival Madrid is a mouth-watering initiative set up by the Madrid City Government and Madrid Fusion, which presents to the four corners of the globe, the truly wonderful world of Spanish cuisine. Next year celebrates the third edition of this culinary festival, taking place from January 23rd to February 5th 2012. It promises to reach beyond the borders of traditional restaurant cuisine.

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Migas Festival, Torrox, Andalusia – December 2011

November 8th, 2011 by Louise Brace

Louise Brace
Every year thousands of visitors descend on the charming, whitewashed town of Torrox in Andalusia, to eat fried breadcrumbs. “Fried Breadcrumbs”, you say, scrunching your nose up. Well if you haven’t ever tried Migas (fried breadcrumbs with a twist), don’t knock it, they’re good and a visit to the Migas Festival in December is a great way to get to know this typical Andalusian ‘peasant’ dish.

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El Bullí: The legend that ‘will’ live on

October 3rd, 2011 by Louise Brace

Louise Brace
El Bullí in Roses on the Costa Brava, five times winner of the World’s Best Restaurant, and a three Michelin star restaurant, closed its doors at the end of July after 27 glorious years serving up the most avant-garde cuisine on the planet. It was a sad day for many. Yet the reason to close El Bullí wasn’t financial, or for loss of appeal. El Bullí is transforming itself into a centre of culinary excellence, the El Bulli Foundation, and so the legend of Ell Bullí lives on.

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Louise Brace
Do you remember the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”? Well in Spain it should be, “Twas the night before King’s Day, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even the mouse. However, peek through the window of any bakery (panadería) and you will hear the clatter of baking pans, ovens and probably a few stressed bakers trying to finish the hundreds, even thousands, of Roscón de Reyes they will need to have ready for the queues of clients in the morning. For King’s Day would not be King’s Day without a Roscón de Reyes on the table.

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Louise Brace
Once upon a long time ago, a servant took the then King of Aragon a glass of Horchata. The king took a sip and was intrigued. “What is this drink maiden”, he asked. “It is tiger nut milk sire”, she replied. To which the king replied, “This isn’t milk. It is gold my dear!” Now to cut a long story short, this phrase in the Valencian language sounded like: ¡Açò no és llet, açò és OR, XATA! From here you get the two key words, ‘OR’, which meant Gold, and Xata (pronounced Chata), which means pretty. Hence the name for the drink became Horchata. And is today one of the most popular summer drinks in Spain. 

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Louise Brace
I like to think that I am somewhat of a cheese connoisseur; well maybe connoisseur is pushing it, but I do love cheese, all types of cheese, from all corners of the globe and I especially like cheese accompanied by a good Spanish red wine. In fact the only cheese I am not keen on is that of the goat variety and when you live in Spain that can be a bit of a problem, as a high percentage of Spanish cheese is produced from goats milk. However, there is one very special Spanish cheese that I can’t resist, even with its goats milk content. Its name? Queso Cabrales (Cheese).

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