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Chicken Sofrito

The cooking method for sofrito or sofregit (in Catalan), was first recorded in the Libre de Sent Soví, a Catalan recipe book from about 1324. Sofregit comes from the verb sofregir, which means to under fry. Most people think of … Continue reading

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Arroz con Calamares

Arroz con Calamares (rice with squid) is a simple paella like dish which is very common in Cataluña, Valencia and other parts of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. This is economical fare, the bulk being made up of rice, flavoured with … Continue reading

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Suquet de Peix

Suquet de Peix is a Catalan fish soup or stew, popular in Valencia and the Balearic Islands, as well as Cataluña. The word suquet comes from the verb suquejar to release or secrete juices and peix is Catalan for fish … Continue reading

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Paella de Marisco

Paella is a Valencian rice dish, which originated in the 18th Century. The Moors began cultivating rice in Spain, perhaps as far back as the 8th and 9th Centuries and the marshes and lagoon of L’Albufera, (in the south of … Continue reading

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Goat with Lentils and Harissa

Goat meat is often overlooked in Northern Europe, whereas around the Mediterranean, it’s a common staple. Goat tends to be gamey, the flavour being quite similar to mutton. One would think the popularity of goat’s milk and cheese in Britain … Continue reading

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Carne de Cerdo en Adobo

The preservation of meat and fish in Adobo went to South America with the Spanish after 1492. The original recipe containing red wine vinegar and olive oil, preserved food in barrels during long sea voyages. Columbus brought pimentón (smoked ground … Continue reading

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Carrillada de Ternera (Ox Cheek)

I noticed a rather forlorn and lonely organic ox cheek in the butcher’s shop window towards closing time, on special offer. “Cook it or freeze it today – you can have it for £1.80”, he said. It was quite substantial, … Continue reading

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Pork with Aubergine and Peppers

I had some leftover roast pork in the fridge, along with aubergines (eggplant) and peppers that needed using up. To make something new (nextovers, as Karen eloquently put it), I threw a slice of ‘nduja and fresh coriander (cilantro) into … Continue reading

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Rabbit and Mushrooms in Velouté Sauce

Rabbit, as I’ve mentioned before, is an interloper to these shores. It was probably introduced for farmed meat and fur, by the Romans or Normans. Velouté Sauce is one of the 5 classic “mother sauces” of French Cuisine, as compiled … Continue reading

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Mejillones en Escabeche

Mejillones en Escabeche is a very popular Spanish tapa of mussels pickled in vinegar, olive oil and pimentón. You will find these delicious molluscs in most bars, usually served straight from a tin, with lots of bread to dip into … Continue reading

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