CROQUETAS

Certain foods in the world make the eater emit sounds that really should best be left in the bedroom. For me this gastro-erotic list includes good curry, hamburgers, Christmas pudding with brandy butter, hot chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, and, in Spain, things like cachopo, tortilla, and, that filthy misunderstood little number: the croqueta….

PAN CON TOMATE

Pan con tomate, pa amb tomàquet, pantumca, bread with tomato. Again, and you may be getting the gist of a lot of the dishes in this great country, this is food simplicity at its simplest. Bread with tomato is a morning dish, an accompaniment to meats for dinner, a popular side dish in bars, an…

TORTILLA

‘Well that’s not what I thought a tortilla was at all.’ The American expressed surprise at not being presented a soft, pale cornflour flat bread. ‘Yes, we’re not in Mexico.’ I smiled back. The problem with the word tortilla is that, around much of the world, it is famed in Tex-Mex, or Mex, restaurants, as…

NAVIDAD

For most of us in Europe, indeed the world, Christmas is over. The frankly obscene gorging of the festive period – usually stretching the week before New Year – is finished. Belts have become either redundant or have simply snapped. Shirts no longer fit, the torso now has the appearance of a beached whale in…