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…

JAMÓN

El mejor amigo del hombre no es el perro. Es el jamón. (Man’s best friend isn’t the dog. It’s the pig.) – Manuel Benitez Ok. So this is a big one. If paella is the country’s most indicative dish, then this, jamón, is undoubtedly the most famous product. It is a religion unto itself. Football,…

PULPO

Eight legs, scores of suckers, a beak like mouth, a toothed tongue, can change its shape to fit in any space, and is considered a delicacy in countries from Europe to Asia. The Maldives braise the beast in curry leaves, chilli and spices (Miruhulee boava), the Japanese use it in sushi, takoyaki and akashiyaki, and…

CHORIZO

“In every respectable household in Spain, they make as many chorizos as there are days in the year: 350 for their own consumption and 50 more for days when they have guests.”  –Alexandre Dumas Arguably Spain’s most widely-known and easily-found meat product, chorizo is a dish synonymous with the words red and sausage. But that…

PAELLA

So, here we are, embarking on a new foodie quest to make our way through ‘all’ of Spanish tapas. Some dishes will be famous, some will be familiar and some will make you scratch your head in wonder that the good people of Spain actually eat said item. Goose barnacles? Brains? Testicles? Bean stew? But,…