Alcohol
The strongest of the traditional spirits of Spain are various types of aguardiente (Spanish aguardiente, literally - "burning water"), produced by distilling fermented fruit or vegetable raw materials. The most…

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Sweet life in Spanish: what is it?
As the great musician Ziryab once commanded, after the hot everything should go to dessert — fruits, cheeses and sweets. It is known that Spanish cuisine has experienced several influences,…

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Where to dine in Barcelona for € 2?
BOCATAS DE SULTAN Where? Calle Joaquim Costa, 56 Joaquim Costa street is a gold mine for the hunter of cheap food. In Bocatas de Sultán prepare the legendary potatoes for…

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Spanish cooking

GASTRONOMIC THESAURUS (part 1)

The trivial thesis held by the British is that we ” eat to live, not live to eat.” At the same time, as K. Fox observes, the enjoyment and admiration of the magnificent cuisine of the French does not prevent the British from treating with contempt their “shameless love of food.” Among the English it is not customary to advertise their love of food and openly admit that food gives pleasure. About food as sensual-

it is customary to speak of pleasure in a light-hearted, jocular tone. Apparently, this is why poetic and erotic language in relation to food and names of dishes in the English community is not welcome. This is evidenced by the common humorous term “gastroperiodynia”, when used in respect of colorfully illustrated cooking magazines and cookbooks, with detailed descriptions of mouth-watering dishes, as well as in relation to enthusiastic discussions about food. Continue reading

Olla Of Podrida. How to cook a Rotten pot and make a potpourri out of it?

I did not find it, it is a dish of national cuisine of Spain. Probably looked bad, and probably just unconsciously afraid: and suddenly will bring — and what can I do with this? Well, a strong man after hard physical work, and even in the chill, come home — so it is “Rotten pot” at the time. And I may not survive such a riot of tastes, fats and proteins. But Olla of Podrida — a classic of the genre in Spanish cooking. Classic in every sense of the word. First, it is a very ancient meat dish, known since the middle Ages, and therefore even older. The first known recorded recipe in the history of the dish dates back to 1570, according to Bartolomeo Scappi, the cook of several popes. First time I met with dish have Cervantes. “It seems that in that large bowl over which the steam is swirling there is an olla podrida, and since such ollas podridas contain such a variety of edibles, I will surely find something there that I will like and will benefit “(Cervantes,”the Ingenious Hidalgo don Quixote of La Mancha”). Continue reading

GASTRONOMIC THESAURUS (part 3)
Quirky habits and all sorts of oddities are the flip side of the traditional view of food, anchored in the content aspect of the units of the gastronomic thesaurus. One…

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"Magnana" and the eternal holiday in the soul
Spain is a unique country, including thanks to its inhabitants. People here live in a relaxed rhythm, enjoy the momentary and without remorse postpone things for tomorrow. They dine only…

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Spanish cuisine (part 2)
Fish and seafood Malaga dish espeto Fish is the main component of the Mediterranean diet. For Spaniards, fish is one of the most favorite dishes. To the family table it…

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Where to dine in Madrid for €2?
EL PARAISO DEL JAMON Where? Calle San Bernardo, 8 What to order? Ham sandwich It seems that this institution was preserved in the form in which it existed once in…

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