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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

Gachasmigas – Spanish Wintertime Recipe

Jan 16, 2014

plate-gachasmigasGachasmigas is a specialty of the region of Murcia, using few ingredients and prepared on wet and windy days in the winter. A big pan of gachasmiga can feed a group of 30 or more people. Serve it with winter fruit or vegetables, figs, grapes, oranges… basically whatever you fancy!

Whilst gachasmigas is a dish that has few ingredients you do need to be quite fit to make it – you need to keep stirring till it’s cooked. It’s one of those dishes that warms you twice – once when you make it and once when you eat it!

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The Making of A Cookery Book – How The Notebooks Were Uncovered – Part 1

Jan 10, 2014

general-notebooks-6x6People have been asking me how we came to make a Spanish cookery book with recipes from the 1950s and earlier. The full story of the recipes is documented in the book, here’s how the making of the cookery book unfolded…

In July 2013 my friend Paco de Lara got in touch and invited me up to his farm for a chat.

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Holiday Cooking With Your Kids – 9 Spanish Recipes

Dec 23, 2013

Holiday Cooking With KidsEntertaining your children can be tricky at the best of times, but with long holiday breaks it’s even more difficult.

If you want to drag them away from the computer pad, television or games console then these 9 recipes should keep them busy no matter what age they are!

Teach your kids some new skills and make some happy memories.

Try these easy Spanish recipes that taste great and are fun and easy to make.

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Different Perspectives on Spain – Families, Teenagers & Adults With Learning Disabilities…

Dec 16, 2013

There’s lots written about visiting Spain, moving to Spain and living here, but these three people show a different perspective. Have a look at their videos and subscribe to their youtube channels to see more from these different perspectives…

Lisa Sadleir on Family Life in Spain


Cassie Middlemiss on Being A Teenager in Spain


Diana Berryman on Adults With Learning Disabilities




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Christmas Empanadillas – Empanadillas de Navidad – Spanish Recipe

Dec 13, 2013
Christmas Empanadillas

Christmas Empanadillas

An empanada is a stuffed pastry, baked or fried, popular in many countries in Southern Europe, Latin America and parts of Southeast Asia. An empanadilla is a small empanada. Often empanadas are savoury, served as Spanish second breakfast, this is a sweet version.

When I saw this recipe, originally using jam as the filling I couldn’t help but think how great it would be with traditional Christmas mince meat, so I tried it. Get a jar of your favourite shop-bought mince meat – or make your own (recipe coming soon).


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