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Purple is the New Orange | Purple Carrots

In Málaga province the village of Cuevas Bajas (population 1,600) has a fiesta celebrating the purple carrot – La Fiesta de la Zanahoria Morá. It is around the first week of December and it is a unique celebration of purple carrots.

The unique colour of purple carrots reflects their health giving properties which includes vitamin […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Carnival Chicken for Amélie Isabelle Aged Nearly 3¼ Months

Amélie was born on 25th June 2015, my ninth and youngest grandchild. Nine? I hear you say, well I never had you down as that old…

Well, anyway, as it is carnival time (Spain is always enjoying a fiesta or feria no matter what time of the year) I thought I would cook chicken this […]

By |October 1st, 2015|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Crusted Rack of Lamb

This is an expensive cut and is great but it doesn’t surpass neck fillet or shank, leg or shoulder or even stuffed and rolled breast.  In my opinion.

I love lamb as you know so when a butcher new to me showed me ‘carret de cordero’ I bought it. 22€ for 1.5kg of deliciousness.

And as […]

By |August 4th, 2015|Andalucia|4 Comments|

Chuletillas de Cordero de la Sierra de Málaga

Lamb is my favourite meat even though lamb in Spain is somewhat scrawny compared to what you can purchase in the UK. Anyway, I had a fancy for it when I discovered that a girlfriend had a jar of mint sauce in her fridge door, home made at that.

So as the sun was shining […]

By |July 28th, 2015|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Pork Tenderloin in Pedro Ximénez Sauce with Raisins & Pine Nuts

Pedro Ximénez grapes are grown in Andalucía, actually south of Córdoba in Montilla-Moriles region which produces a wonderful sweet wine that somebody recently told me tasted of burnt molasses.

Anyway, it makes a wonderful sauce and you will find this dish on the menus of the more interesting restaurants in Spain, it is impressive and […]

By |July 24th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

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 […]

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 […]

The Curious Case of the 1st July

It is currently 31°C whilst I write this on my roof terrace at 9pm as Spain experiences an unseasonal heat wave. Even though my sister back in dreary Lancashire tells me she has her heating on it was 39°C in Córdoba this afternoon. It probably has something to do with El Niño or the […]