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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

Recipe From the La Murta Cookery Book Gets to Competition Final – Press Release

Jun 20, 2014

Debbie Jenkins, editor and co-author of the book “Recetas del Campo – Spanish Village Cooking” is excited to be a finalist in the competition “Chef for the day” organised by Las Flores Quality Tapas restaurants.

Debbie says that she chose her dish for the contest because her neighbours and co-authors from La Murta enjoyed it so much they kept asking for the recipe and insisted that she included it in the book.

The final is on Saturday 21st June at La Tapa restaurant in Plaza de Las Flores in Murcia.

Many of the contributors to the La Murta recipe book will accompany Debbie on Saturday to give her their support.

Debbie’s recipe is Spicy Pork in Lettuce Leaves and can be found on www.lamurta.com.




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Visit the Museo de Fuente Álamo, Murcia

Jun 5, 2014


The museum, Museo de Fuente Álamo, covers three floors, with a permanent paintings collection of local painters on the top floor, an exhibition of works of forging, weaving, carpentry, ceramics, esparto and agriculture based on the Campo de Cartagena, and in the basement a workspace for training and for temporary exhibitions.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00, Mondays to Fridays 17:00 to 21:00,



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Visit from the Academia de Gastronomía to La Murta – Press Release

May 26, 2014


Los Chefs de La Murta

Los Chefs de La Murta

Overview: 150 recipes from 35 chefs from a small village, La Murta, in Murcia Spain. Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo is written in English & Spanish and available worldwide.

For more information: http://nativespain.com/murcia-region/it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-cookery-book-press-release/

Visit from the Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia to La Murta

On May 23rd the Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia visited the small village of La Murta to celebrate the success of their new recipe book with a tasting lunch of 13 dishes prepared by the Chefs of La Murta. Eleven chefs prepared their own recipes for the menu chosen by the Academy from the book. Also three La Murta wine makers provided their red/white & sweet wines for the tasting. The local charcuterie shop provided embutidos (Spanish sausages) and the three bakeries provided the bread. Twenty eight visitors from the Academy enjoyed the 13 course degustacion menu.

For photos visit: http://lamurta.com/la-murta-2/los-chefs-de-la-murta-y-la-academia-de-gastronomia-de-la-region-de-murcia/

The book, Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo, was published in March 2014, three months after the initial idea. It is written in Spanish and English, with more than 80 photographs. Thirty five cooks offered their family recipes to produce more than 150 traditional Murcian dishes. Contributions also came from a few cooks who now call La Murta their home, with a dish from Moratalla, recipes from Extremadura and of course one from Debbie herself. The first print run has already sold out, with more books on their way.

Contributions from the profit for the book will go to the fiesta commission to spend on the yearly village fiesta in May.



5 star review – Jakki at amazon.es: “Enhorabuena a la autora. Me compré su úlltimo libro y pensé como me hubiera gustado que fuera en castellano. Este libro es muy bien escrito en los dos idiomas. La versión Kindle tiene muy bien precio. A lovely book, beautifully written in both English and Spanish. Excellent price on the Kindle. Highly recommended.”

Photos from the Visit from the Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia

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Visita de La Academia de Gastronomía a La Murta – Nota de prensa

May 26, 2014
Los Chefs de La Murta

Los Chefs de La Murta

Resumen: 150 recetas de 35 chefs del pueblo de La Murta. El libro “Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo” está escrito en inglés y castellano y está en venta por el mundo entero.

Visita de La Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia a La Murta

El día 23 de mayo 2014 La Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia ha visitado a La Murta para celebrar el éxito del libro de recetas con una comida de degustación de 13 platos preparada por los chefs de La Murta.  Once chefs han preparado sus proprios recetas según una lista seleccionada del libro por La Academia. También han participado tres bodegas particulares de vino del terreno, los tres panaderías de hornos de leña del pueblo y la famosa charcutería de embutidos caseros.  Han asistido 28 personas de La Academia con sus invitados.

Para más fotos visita http://lamurta.com/la-murta-2/los-chefs-de-la-murta-y-la-academia-de-gastronomia-de-la-region-de-murcia/

El libro, “Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo”, fue publicado en marzo de 2014, tres meses después de la idea inicial. Está escrito en español e inglés, con más de 80 fotos. Treinta y cinco cocineros ofrecieron sus recetas familiares para producir más de 150 platos tradicionales murcianos. Las contribuciones también provienen de unos pocos cocineros que ahora llaman a La Murta su casa, con un plato de Moratalla, recetas de Extremadura y por supuesto uno de Debbie misma. Ya se ha vendido la primera tirada, con más ejemplares en su camino.

Se da una proporción de los beneficios de la venta del libro a la Comisión de Fiesta para gastar en la fiesta patronale del pueblo que se celebra cada año en mayo.


  • La Murta es un pequeño pueblo en Murcia con sólo 107 habitantes. www.LaMurta.com
  • Marcus & Debbie Jenkins se trasladó a La Murta en 2005. Marcus es consultor de software y Debbie es  escritora, que escribieron juntos “Going Native In Murcia”, ahora en su tercera edición.
  • Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo está disponible en versión impresa para comprar en Amazon.com / Amazon.es / Amazon.co.uk y directamente de Debbie Jenkins por sólo € 15.
  • Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo está disponible en las ediciones de Kindle para € 3,77 .
  • NativeSpain.com es una pequeña editorial especializada en libros para los amantes de España . Títulos anteriores incluyen : “Going Native en Murcia”, “Buying Property in Murcia” y “The Cartagena City Guide”. Para obtener más información, visite http://www.NativeSpain.com
  • Fotos y recetas de muestra están disponibles. Ponte en contacto con Debbie Jenkins.
  • Para recibir una copia de la revisión del “Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo” o para hablar con los chefs de La Murta o Debbie Jenkins, ponte en contacto con Debbie Jenkins.


5 estrellas valoración – Jakki en amazon.es  :”Enhorabuena a la autora. Me compré su úlltimo libro y pensé como me hubiera gustado que fuera en castellano. Este libro es muy bien escrito en los dos idiomas. La versión Kindle tiene muy bien precio. A lovely book, beautifully written in both English and Spanish. Excellent price on the Kindle. Highly recommended.”

Fotos de La Visita de La Academia de Gastronomía a La Murta

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British Authors in Spain – Joan Fallon

May 21, 2014

Meet Joan Fallon – Novelist in Málaga

Joan Fallon was born in Scotland and after a career spanning teaching, lecturing and starting her own management and development company she moved to Málaga, Spain to become a writer. No stranger to tragedy, the loss of Joan’s seventeen year old son changed the course of her life. She writes about strong, interesting women who often times don’t realise how capable they are until they are tested. Joan has a passion for Spain and this is evident in her writing.

Her first published work was a social history, Daughters of Spain, inspired by the women she met in her adopted home of Málaga.

The research for Daughters of Spain encouraged her to write the following two novels: Spanish Lavender, which is set in Málaga during the early years of the Civil War and The House on the Beach, the story of two young women growing up in Franco’s Spain. A further two novels, Loving Harry and Santiago Tales have grown out of her experiences living and working in Spain. She now self-publishes her work as Scott Publishing.

Joan Fallon’s Books

To date she has written seven novels aimed at the women’s commercial fiction market: A Family Affair, Love is All You Need, Between the Sierra and the Sea (published in 2011 and republished as Spanish Lavender in 2013), Loving Harry (2012), The House on the Beach (2012), The Only Blue Door (2013) and Santiago Tales (2013).  Her latest novel, The Shining City, was self-published in 2014 under her own label Scott Publishing. Joan has also written Daughters of Spain, a non-fiction book based on authentic interviews with a number of Spanish women of all ages and from all walks of life; this was first published by in 2009 and a revised edition came out in 2014.

My Review of Loving Harry

Loving Harry

Loving Harry – the story of two fascinating women, with Harry as their connection. The novel moves seamlessly between the UK & Spain and takes us on a journey, over 20+ years in the lives of these two successful women who love Harry. A moving tale of love affairs, marriage, sorrow, desertion, secrets, career changes and death. The story leaves me realising that people are not just the sum of their actions and that it’s easy to misjudge the real person behind the façade. With a gentle twist that reveals itself near the end, perhaps shedding some light onto Harry’s self destructive behaviour, this novel leaves me with a desire to be more understanding. There are many “Harrys” here in the south of Spain, hiding from baggage, debts or family; making a new life for themselves; wiping the slate clean. But perhaps we can never really escape from ourselves…

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The Chefs of La Murta Prepare a Degustacion Menu for La Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia

May 19, 2014

3109461665_d90118d7d5_bThe La Murta Chefs are excited this week. They have been asked by the Academia de Gastronomía de la Región de Murcia to prepare a tasting meal of 13 different dishes from the book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo.

The Academy selected their favourite 13 dishes from the book which has over 150 recipes. Here’s the menu they are preparing for 50 members of the Academy and their invited guests:



Menú de Degustación – Tasting Menu

Aperitivos – Starters

Embutidos caseros de La Murta – Homemade sausages (morcón, butifarra, chorizo, salchichón, longanizas)

Queso fresco de cabra – Fresh goat’s cheese

Pan de la Murta – La Murta bread

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Visiting Cartagena? Take A Trip To The Canteras Area…

May 13, 2014

Canteras Canteras is a coastal town with its most notable destination the anti-aircraft battery located in the mountains, Batería De Roldán. You gain access by the road at Estación Naval de la Algameca, which is in very bad condition but worth as visit. However there are plenty of trails for walkers starting at Tentegorra, which is easier to access.

The Batería De Roldán anti-aircraft battery was set up to strengthen the naval base in Cartagena, emanating from the 1926 Defense Plan. It had a very active role during the Civil War (1936-39) and was finally deactivated in 1965. Currently within the grounds of the Ministry of Defence and is in total state of disrepair. It was declared a Cultural Heritage site.

Batería de Roldán

On a beautiful May morning a couple of years ago we decided to take our dogs and our friend who was visiting on a bracing walk up a mountain.

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Bird Salad – Ensalada De Aves Sabrosa Y Esquisita – Spanish Recipe

May 12, 2014

bird-salad-3x6This is a great salad recipe, full of flavour, simple to prepare and looks impressive. You can have it as a starter or as a main course, the quantities in this recipe serve 4 as a main course. Choose whatever type of poultry you like – we used small chickens so that we could cut the cooked chicken in half and serve a half chicken per person. If you are serving as a starter you could cut the chicken into 4 pieces and serve 6 people with the quantities. Add the mayonnaise last and just before serving.

The poultry used during the Civil War period, when this recipe was recorded, would likely have been game birds, caught at FincaTorrecillas for the table. Quail and partridges are abundant in the countryside around Murcia at certain times of the year. The Finca also bred their own chickens for eggs and for eating.

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Book Launch Cake for Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo

May 9, 2014

Here’s the giant book cover cake we made for the launch of the book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo. It fed about 100 people in total.

It’s made from:

  • 4 x 50cm square bizcochos (Spanish cakes)
  • 2.5l of ganache for filling and crumb coat
  • 3k fondant for covering
  • 500g modelling chocolate for bowl
  • 500g marzipan for fruit and veggies

Recipes for the bizcocho cakes, ganache and the wonderful modelling chocolate to follow.


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It Takes A Village To Raise A Cookery Book

Apr 8, 2014


In December 2013, after the success of their last cookery book project with Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites, Debbie & Marcus Jenkins came up with an idea to work with their local village ladies and the fiesta committee to collate all the delicious recipes they’d eaten over the last 9 years of living in the small farming village of La Murta, Murcia in southern Spain.

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