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Murcia-based, Spanish food & travel writer I'm the author of Going Native in Murcia, now in it's third edition. Get my new cookery books Spanish Village Cooking - Recetas del Campo and Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites. I am also an editor and Booksmith.

Debbie Jenkins

Nuegos – Dulce Típico de La Murta – Typical Sweet from La Murta – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 30, 2015
Nuegos for pudding

Nuegos for pudding

I was terrified of adding this recipe when I was researching, writing and editing the book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo, the cookery book for the small village of La Murta here in Murcia, Spain.


Because every family in La Murta has their own special way of making this dessert, everyone makes it slightly differently and everyone’s recipe is the best! When the book was published and people started to buy it and read it I was getting comments about how this recipe was “wrong”, “we don’t make it like that”, “we add more honey/lemon/flour…”

I knew it!

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Boiled Egg Snowmen – Huevos Chinos – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 26, 2015
Stuffed eggs

Boiled Egg Snowmen

This is a great recipe to make with your kids. They also make a wonderful centre piece at a party.

This recipe is taken from our cookery book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo. It can also be found along with 8 other fun recipes in our free download – Cooking With Your Kids – 9 Spanish Recipes, which you can get immediately by signing up to our newsletter.

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Murcia Salad – Ensalada de Murcia – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 23, 2015

Tomatoes from Murcia Tomatoes are just one of the many things the region of Murcia is famous for (along with golf courses, unused airports and La Manga). Our market garden – la huerta – provides Europe with an excellent array of salad, vegetables and fruit throughout the year. There are plenty of Spanish recipes with tomatoes, but this one is special to Murcia – the Murcia Salad.

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Why You Should Visit La Manga & The Mar Menor

Mar 10, 2015

Most visitors to the Murcia region will have heard of La Manga and when they arrive at San Javier airport they will see something that looks like Las Vegas rising shimmering from the Mar Menor. This is La Manga del Mar Menor.

The Mar Menor, Murcia

There are in fact two La Mangas in Murcia, La Manga del Mar Menor and La Manga Club. The former is the one most people usually explore first and this is a long narrow piece of land that more or less divides the Mar Menor Sea from the Mediterranean Sea. Its name translated from Spanish means, ‘the sleeve’ and from an aerial perspective it does look like a long arm jutting out protectively around the Mar Menor sea. It was formed when sand and sediment built up on underwater mountains eventually forming this nineteen kilometre column of sand and dunes. In the 1960s La Manga del Mar Menor, commonly called La Manga Strip, was discovered as a tourist resort and today it is covered in apartments and villas, the majority designed with the holiday maker in mind.

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Why You Should Visit Murcia City…

Mar 8, 2015

When people hear of Murcia they usually think of the coastline and in particular the Mar Menor & La Manga, rarely imagining how much fun a trip into the City of Murcia could be.

The city of Murcia is set in the heart of a rich fertile plain at just 43 metres above sea level. Unlike the rest of the Murcia region, where the terrain is dry and rugged, the soil here is irrigated by the River Segura and the land has been widely and fruitfully cultivated. In the city itself the old quarter is made up of a maze of narrow streets huddled together around the Cathedral. This labyrinth is only broken by the main roads crossing through it such as the Gran Vía Escultor Salzillo.

For you shop-aholics Murcia city has an excellent range of boutique designer stores, many literally rolling out the red carpet to welcome visitors.

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Where Are My Emergency Knickers? Learning Spanish… Sort Of!

Feb 16, 2015

debs-horsey-july2012I’ve lived in Spain for 10 years now and for the first couple of years I hardly spoke any Spanish at all. Why? Well, my husband could speak Spanish. I was usually with my husband when we were with Spanish people, so I would let him do the speaking. I am also really quite shy by nature; many people won’t believe that because I always push myself to get over the shyness, but it’s there all the same. I am also very afraid of failing, of getting it wrong, of saying something really stupid and to be honest looking like an idiot. The fear of being bad at something has held me back a few times in my life, this was one of them.

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Chicken Pie – Hojaldre De Pastel De Pollo – Spanish Recipe

Jan 21, 2015

With very few ingredients this recipe would have been made from whatever leftovers were available plus a chicken from the coup. I was surprised to see sugar added in the pastry of this savoury dish, but it works really well. The pastry is rich and short, with just enough sweetness to contrast with the chicken. It is an excellent pie to take to share when you get invited to a party. I suggest serving it with a salad.

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Gambas al Ajillo – Prawns in Garlic – Recipe in Spanish & English

Dec 16, 2014
Gambas al Ajillo (c) flickr.com/formalfallacy

Gambas al Ajillo (c) flickr.com/formalfallacy

Who doesn’t like a bowl of sizzling prawns and chunks of Spanish bread for dipping into the sweet, garlicky sauce?

If you don’t have a heavy based clay pot (like a Le Creuset) you can use a good quality saucepan. You can use bags of peeled, frozen prawns if you prefer. I like a close up and personal approach to my food and don’t mind the peeling and de-veining!

This recipe is served at many fiestas in the Murcia area. Usually you get your own bowl so no one minds about the double dipping, but even if you’re sharing don’t leave a drop of the garlicky sauce behind!

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