Galicia

Some of the very best Spanish food I have tasted has been served to me in Galicia. They know how to cook up here, in so called green Spain. It rains often here. The upside to that is it means you will want to be indoors. Eating. The best seafood soup I have eaten anywhere was prepared for me by a restaurant in Galicia. Galicia is heaven for those who like their fish and seafood. The locally caught fayre is varied and plentiful. Octopus, Mussels, Langoustines, Scallops and Oysters are readily available. A particular favourite of mine is Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus). A very spicy dish where the octopus is cooked with paprika. Caldeirada (Galician fish stew) is also a dish you should try your hand at. Made with potatoes and a white fish of your choice.It can be cold and very wet in Galicia. That’s when your mind turns to making the traditional Caldo Gallego (Galician soup) that contains local vegetables, a ham knuckle, chorizo and white beans.And then there is the Empanada. Another Galician treat. It is a tasty snack that Galicians have eaten for centuries, to see of hunger. The fillings nowadays can be made of almost anything. Meat, sardines, clams.  If you find yourself in location such as the religious capital of Santiago de Compostela, or the smashing town of Pontevedra, be sure to try one. They are sold everywhere in Spain these days. But, like so much other Spanish food; it tastes best in gorgeous Galicia.

Tarta de Santiago (Galician Almond Cake)

I am very choosy about the cakes I eat in Spain. So many are so very calorific. Not so the delightful Galician Almond Cake known as Tarta de Santiago.

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Tuna Empanada

Empanadas are typical in northern Spain and can be made with a variety of fillings. Here’s a recipe for a tuna empanada.

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Galician Almond Tart

Santiago de Compostela gives its name to the almond dish called Tarta de Santiago. It is a light dessert that is relatively easy to make.

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Turbot with Seafood

Both the fish and seafood caught and served in Galicia is sumptuous. The finest I have tasted in Spain. Turbot is plentiful in Galicia.

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Pilgrim scallops Galician style

I have written of how fish and seafood lovers are in heaven when they arrive in Galicia. Scallops are a bit special in this region of Spain

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Go to Galicia!

Many people visiting Spain never find their way to Galicia. The argument they often use for not going there is the weather. “What” they say, “do we do there if it rains all day long?” Well let us begin there. It does not rain all day, every day in Galicia. Sure, it is called ‘green Spain’ for a reason. But […]

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Cured pork shoulder with turnip tops

Here’s a recipe for a shoulder of pork accompanied by locally grown turnip. A memorable meal I shall order again on my next visit to Galicia

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Rick Stein – Baking in Spain

During his recent extensive tour of Spain, the restaurateur and chef Rick Stein witnessed how much the Spanish value their local bakeries. Rick has spent his life enjoying the bread of Spain and spoke enthusiastically about it in his four part television series for the BBC, that is now available on DVD. Rick Stein loves his Spanish bread.That became clear […]

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Rick Stein in Spain

Spanish food now attracts interest from around the world. More and more it is the case that people are being adventurous and trying new ingredients and recipes. Tasting the real joy of Spanish food. So many long lost friends around the world have been in touch with me raving about the new four part television series in which one the […]

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Lamprey in its own Juices

Lamprey can be used in a variety of recipes. One of the simplest being in a guisada – this is when one food is roasted or cooked.

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