Tag Archives: Cataluña

Día de Sant Jordi

Today, April 23rd, is Sant Jordi’s day in Cataluña. Sant Jordi, A.K.A St George, is the patron saint of Aragon, Cataluña and  Valencia (the former Crown of Aragon), England and several other countries. The Kingdom or Aragon and the County … Continue reading

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Tic-Tac

One minute I was turning on the central heating and checking my jumpers for moths and the next I was on a plane for Cataluña. I’m staying in Calella, 30 miles north of Barcelona and the temperature is ranging between … Continue reading

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Tió de Nadal

The Caga Tió or Tió de Nadal is a Christmas Yule Log specific to Cataluña and Aragon. Translated from Catalan, Caga Tió means, “shitting log”. I believe El Tió predates the introduction of Father Christmas to Cataluña and he performs … Continue reading

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Morcilla de Burgos

October 2nd, 2011 While visiting the butcher, I noticed that they had some different types of morcilla for sale, not just their usual one made with onions and pine nuts. Morcilla is Spanish black pudding, traditionally made at matanza time, where the … Continue reading

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Morcilla

February 9th, 2011 Morcillas are Spanish black puddings or blood sausages. Traditionally morcilla was made at the annual matanza, where the family pig would be killed to produce meat, ham, cured sausage etc., for the coming year – nothing is wasted. … Continue reading

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Merluza al Horno con Patatas

January 26th, 2010 I visited the fishmonger at Angel Fisheries today and once again he sold me a large hake for £5. I didn’t weigh it, but the fish is easily 4 – 5 lb in weight – you’d pay … Continue reading

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Allioli

August 11th, 2010 Allioli (Catalan spelling) is a garlic and olive oil emulsion, a bit like mayonnaise. The sauce itself comes from Cataluña, the Occitan Valleys of Italy, Provence, Pays d’Oc and Malta – it may have been around since … Continue reading

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