After their dramatic win at the World Cup last week, we still haven’t quite managed to get the Spanish fervor out of our systems. And for us, of course that means Spanish food! These dishes say Spain to us more than anything else. What Spanish dishes do you love?
Did you watch the exciting conclusion to the World Cup yesterday afternoon? Did you cheer for Spain? If so, then you might want to check out this luscious slideshow of Spanish desserts at the Australian Gourmet Traveller. They go way past flan!
Q: I was in Barcelona, Spain a few months ago and ate at a number of tapas bars. It seemed common to have a sprinkling of finishing salt on the dishes. The salt was white, coarse, light, and crunchy. It tasted of the ocean without being overly salty. It was AMAZING.
I have been on a search ever since, and haven't been able to find a similar salt stateside. Any help in locating something would make my year.
Buying a wine from an unfamiliar place, made from an unfamiliar grape, may be somewhat daunting. But, when it is red, from Bierzo in Spain, and made from Mencía, it is absolutely worth taking a leap of faith. You won’t be disappointed!
Look at this tiny, beautiful pan of paella! We had this at a lovely tapas restaurant in Seattle last week, and we were so inspired by the presentation. See, paella is one of our favorite dishes, but it is rather work-intensive, and expensive too when you're making it for a big group of people.
I have long been a fan of Rioja wines. It is such an exciting region, and today it produces a wealth of great wines that will woo the traditionalist as much as the modernist. In New York this past February I had the great pleasure of spending some time with one of Rioja's most brilliant and beloved female winemakers, Maria Martinez Sierra, from renowned winery Bodegas Montecillo. Maria's wines epitomize Rioja, with their seamless integration of elegance and power at very affordable prices.
What's your idea of a perfect pancake? Dorie Greenspan shares hers with the Chicago Tribune and offers several tips to achieve the ideal stack at home. To start? Lose the boxed mix. But making your own "house mix" is recommended.
It's fitting that Barcelona is mentioned in the title of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" – the art, architecture, music, food and wine of the city play as much of a role in the movie as Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson). It is a Woody Allen film after all, so the characters spend a great deal of time analyzing their relationships, and they do so while sipping Spanish wine and nibbling on tapas.
One dish that caught our eye in a couple of scenes is a favorite: pan con tomate.
One of my most dog-eared and used cookbooks is called The Spanishwoman’s Kitchen by Pepita Aris. Browsing it earlier this week I was drawn to a favorite recipe ‘Carne con chocolate’, which I love pairing with different Spanish red wines. Interestingly, it is not just me that is interested in Spain. Today, the United States is in love with Spain and all things Spanish, its foods, its chefs and its wines. One only has to look at the proliferation of tapas style bars to see the impact of Spain across the country.
Winemaking is Spain has truly revolutionized over the past 15 years. Gone are the tired, oxidized styles, and in are the vibrant, youthful styles that work so well with so many different cuisines. While, today there is an explosion of wine choice from many different Spanish wine regions, I thought that we’d first focus on Rioja, Spain’s oldest and most well known region.