Can anyone recommend a good Spanish cookery book as I would love to learn how to cook some of the tasty dishes I've tried? It has to be in English as I don't have enough Spanish yet but I'm working on that as well.
i have many many many cook books in Spanish but find i pick bits from all of them rather than use 1 or even three of them. do you have specific meals in mind?
Try this website it has some good recipes. As for books - in English they use english style ingredients and miss out of the differnet flavours here. Most Spainish cookbooks are rubbish as they lack the detail required and are over simplified.
Try this one as well - very simple - and an excellent flavour, that i nicked from the BBC:
Chicken and Chorizo
olive oil4 Chicken qtrs - halved1 onion, sliced2 garlic clove, sliced 3 carrots coursly chopped1 celery stalk, chopped - very optional1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped or 1/4 teaspoon mild chilli spice1/2 glass red wine
275g/9½oz chorizo, chopped ( I buy the 3 pack of meats used for fabada and use the bacon and chorizo)glass dry sherry1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes200ml/7fl oz chicken stock1 x 400g/14oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained salt and freshly ground black pepperhandful chopped fresh parsley
serve with lumps crusty bread or boiled buttered pots
Method1. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add the chicken and fry (should be well coloured), turning frequently. Remove from the pan and keep
2 In a caserole dish, add more olive oil medium heat then add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and chilli and cook for five minutes. Add a 1/2 glass of red wine and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, 3-5 Mins. 3. In the pan you cooked the chicken in fry the chorizo for 2-3 minutes. Add the sherry and cook until the chorizo is crisp ish (3-5 mins).
4. Add the can of chopped tomatoes to the caserole dish with the vegetables and bring to the boil. Cook for five minutes, then add the stock and bring back to the boil.5. Add the browned chicken, the chickpeas and chorizo and remaining sherry and simmer for 25 minutes ish, or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Season if required.6. Sprinkle with chopped/dried parsley leave to rest off the heat for 5 mins and serve
Thanks for the link, those dishes look very tempting although as I said, I have very little Spanish so I'd need to translate everything which is a bit time consuming but I'll have a go. That chicken and chorizo dish sounds tasty, I'll give that a go first I think.
I've heard rumours that the Spanish/English language school in San Pedro maybe starting cooking demonstrations in Spanish cuisine. Would be nice. My tortillas always turn out too thin. How do they get it them that fat?
Have you tried looking on www.play.com for books? May be worth checking out...
Thanks for that but I'd prefer somewhere a little closer as I'm in Puerto de Mazarron, sounds good though.
Have you seen the recipe IdRatherBeInAlbania put on for Spanish Omlette (tortilla) here http://costacalida.angloinfo.com/forum/topic.asp?topic_id=1605 It worked well for me.
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