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 of the oldest and most natural pleasures – the pleasure derived from food, as noted by psychologists, covers 70% of all pleasures experienced by people. The Spaniards, unlike the English, eat with undisguised pleasure, considering any meal as one of the most enjoyable ceremonies of everyday life. The commitment of Spaniards to the culture of food is associated with a well-structured knowledge of what fits in the phrase “good to eat”, with the time of eating passes into the rank of absolute value, and lunch hours are considered sacred. The main meal of the day comida gives the Spaniards a lot of fun and takes a lot of time.
One of the most common culinary traditions in Spain is tapas. So generally called a variety of snacks that are served in taverns to wine and beer. Tapas are not limited to clear time intervals, as this ritual has a special place in the gastronomy and traditions of Spain. Continue reading
Asturias and Cantabria
Despite the fact that Spain is most often associated with the eternal sun, sea and palm trees, in the North of the country rains can go even more often than in St. Petersburg, and in winter there is real snow. Therefore, when winter comes, the inhabitants of the Northern regions choose hot and hearty dishes, such as, for example, fabada. This is the most famous and perhaps the most caloric dish in the Asturias region. It is in this region that large white beans are grown, which is the basis of the dish. The beans are cooked for more than an hour in bone broth along with bits of bacon and several kinds of savory sausages such as chorizo and morsilla. After this dinner, you can climb the mountains, and chop wood, because fabada is traditionally prepared in Spanish villages. A similar soup, but also with the addition of cabbage and ribs, is prepared in neighboring Cantabria. There, too, give preference to high-calorie dishes based on beans and potatoes. Continue reading