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Ajo Blanco – Spanish Chilled Almond Soup

I have wanted to make Spanish Almond Soup for the longest time. It perfectly suits the steamy weather we are having and my current ‘no cook’ philosophy. The nearest you will come to heat is boiling the kettle. Finally, the stars aligned and I was able to buy some good quality almonds to use in… >> Read more

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Friendship Is…..

That saucy minx, Rio….having Tapas & Cocktails with your BFF on a Wednesday at lunch time.  Why is she my BFF? We share a taste for the finer things in life including Duran Duran, the song ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’, cats, tequila, gossiping and delicious Spanish morsels.  In fact, I met my BFF at school… >> Read more

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No Habla Español*

I was trying to find a particular photo amongst our massive holdings of European holiday photos and is so often the case, I went down the rabbit hole.  One minute I was focused on finding the snapshot in question and suddenly it was 40 minutes later and I was tripping down memory lane.  One particular… >> Read more

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Very Moorish

Moorish charm at the Alhambra Palace – Granada, SpainIn 2010 I spent two separate months in Spain, travelling from north to south, east to west, avoiding a lot of the coast and spending a considerable amount of time in interior.  In that time, we encountered only one place where Tapas was still served in the… >> Read more

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Swiss Roll (all over Spain)

Dear readers – do you ever visit my blog site, instead of just reading the email?  Make sure you visit soon as I have added a lovely new background and you can see the blogs I am following and the websites I have discovered.  It’s worth a trip.This is just a quick post in recognition… >> Read more

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Croquetas Better Than MoVida’s?

As you know, Spain is the home of Tapas and one of the old standbys are Croquetas.  They come in all shapes and sizes and, just like any menu staple, vary wildly in quality (think hot chips or fries and you’ll get the drift).For the unitiated (and it must be said, disadvanatged), Croquetas are croquette… >> Read more

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Things Aren´t Always As They Appear

I´ve had the pleasure of visiting lots of supermercados in Spain including the national biggie Mercadona.  My favourites though are Eroski (just the name conjours up something exotic – sort of a Russian adult show) and Consum (conjouring up a vision of consumerism at it´s best).The other day I was wandering down the aisles of… >> Read more

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Mercat Boqueria – Barcelona

  Access to the internet has been a little problematic and unfortunately, TIFFIN has had to take a back seat. A week or so ago I made a pilgrimage to one of the best Markets in Spain, the Mercat Boqueria on La Rambla in Barcelona. No doubt many of you have visited before and I’m… >> Read more

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The 4pm Peniscola Fish Market, Spain

Yesterday, I was wandering the small town of Peniscola, enjoying the Castillo and the old town within it’s walls. Nothing much was open as it was siesta. But, as I was leaving the walls of the town and walking down towards the docks, I saw an Abuela (Grandmother) with a small bucket walking at a… >> Read more

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¿How Do You Say Chocolate in Spanish?

Chocolate (chuck-o-LAY-tay).  It´s very nature transcends all language barriers…If there´s one thing that´s certain, it´s that the Spanish have a sweet tooth.  Everwhere you look there are Pasticceria selling cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chocolates and ice cream.  On every other corner is an El Rincion, shops selling vast arrays of lollies and candied nuts.  And, there… >> Read more

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