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My Andaluz patio

Garlic, Arlo Guthrie & Alice’s Restaurant

Alice May Brock was the owner of Alice’s Restaurant in Massachusetts, USA, made famous by Arlo Guthrie’s 1967 song ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ which, in reality, was a protest song about the Vietnam War draft. Two years later a film by the same name was released. It was directed by the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ director, Arthur […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Chutney: There was an Old Person of Putney

“There was an Old Person of Putney,
Whose food was roast spiders and chutney,
Which he took with his tea,
within sight of the sea,
That romantic Old Person of Putney.”

Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks (1812-1888)

Following straight after the kick off of the English football season is the inevitable glut of […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Washing Day Blues (And Whites & Yellows)

You cannot win sometimes.

It hasn’t rained in my world for what seems like 3,754 days and the day that I leave my washing out overnight (whites, please note) it rains, but not just any old rain… dusty, sandy rain as if the clouds haven’t been swept for a very long time.

Anyway, although my washing […]

By |August 7th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Real Mint Sauce

There’s lamb in the fridge so it is time to make a fresh batch of mint sauce. This really is simple and keeps for weeks stored in an air tight jar in the door of the fridge.

Strip the leaves off a bunch of fresh mint then sprinkle with sea salt and chop finely. Scoop […]

By |August 6th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever

♫ ♪ ♫ “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ Jimmy Buffett

I think I must be in my Andaluz patio because this hasn’t happened yet.

I can picture us having a long and leisurely lunch at a swanky restaurant somewhere in the sun probably like El Bulli near the Costa Brava resort of […]

Lancashire’s Finest – Cheese

I love cheese and Wallace & Gromit. I love Wensleydale too but a crumbly or creamy Lancashire is right up there with Cantal, Canadian Cheddar and Manchego in my cheese nirvana and I haven’t even started on goat’s cheese yet.

After living in Andalucía for the past 3 years I had forgotten about the crumbly […]

By |June 13th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|

How Long Will You Live?

Research shows that Spaniards can expect to live until 82 and if you are lucky enough to be born in Monaco then you could reach 90. On the other hand if you were unfortunately conceived and brought up in Sierra Leone then you’ll be lucky to live beyond 45.

Much is made of the Mediterranean […]

Pan-fried Scallops à la Gran Alacant: What a Trip to Algorfa Found

Visiting my little sister and our 85 year old Mum in Gran Alacant gave me the opportunity of buying Scallops. Not fresh I admit but caught and frozen off the coast of Iceland and at 5€/400g it was considered to be a ganga.

We (lil’ Sis and I, left our Mum with her knitting) set […]

By |May 25th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Spanish Politics & the Coincidence of a New Dustbin

Lobbying works apparently.

For weeks, nay months, I have been asking for a new bin. Pleading even. The one adjacent to my house has split so when the bin lorry lifts it up it opens like a crocodile’s mouth leaving one third of the contents on the road… the rubbish eventually blows onto my doorstep.

I […]

Bees vs Wasps: A Different View

It is easy to love bees but today I saw this and it reminded me that wasps always get a bad press, from me too until I read about wasps and cockroaches. Now there’s a cockroach or two in Andalucía so I find this amazing. So if you have ever wondered what’s the purpose […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Andalucia|4 Comments|