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Golf for the Kids – Day Out With The Kids in Murcia, Costa Cálida

Oct 31, 2014

photo2When friends with kids come to stay we’re sometimes a little stuck for activities to do with them. There are only so many amazing Roman ruins 6 year olds want to see or mountains they want to walk up. And whilst the pool, sea and waterparks  are very compelling, it’s nice to do something a bit different, especially in the cooler months.

We recommend a few different activities for people with kids when visiting Murcia and the Costa Cálida – and of course one of those activities is golf!

This year we found Golf Delux over near the AP7 at Los Alcázares run by Ralf Karlsson from Sweden. They have a great setup where golfers & non-golfers can have a go at Adventure Golf, Minigolf, Lawn-ball and Golf-curling. Yup, I didn’t know what some of those were either!

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Traditional Spanish Bread – Pan – Video

Oct 27, 2014
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Bread proving

The traditional Spanish bread, pan, is a long loaf, kind of similar to the French baguette. You can also buy a pan redondo, a round loaf. In the traditional bakeries in Spain they make the bread daily and you can buy it warm in the mornings to have with your olive oil for breakfast. Of course you can also pop into a supermarket and buy their version of bread, which is usually fluffy, flavourless and hollow.

In Spain, especially in the Mediterranean area, there have been guilds of bakers for over 750 years.

Bread comes at every meal time in Spain – tostada y tomate for breakfast, a bocadillo for second breakfast, bread with your menu del día and of course bread to transport the tapas at supper! Or use bread for making migas or torrijas. For more Spanish food words take a look at this article:  Spanish Food & Drink Cheat Sheet

In the village of La Murta, where I live, home to 101 people, we make about 200 tonnes of bread per year – more than the weight of a jumbo jet! That’s about 548 kilos of bread per day. If the villagers had to eat it all we’d be eating over 5 kilos of bread each per day! It’s a good job our bread is enjoyed all around the region.

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Arroz con Costillejas y Magra de Cerdo – Rice with Spareribs & Pork – Spanish Recipe

Sep 18, 2014
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Giant Paella – our recipe ONLY makes enough for 6 people – not 200

Here in Murcia we don’t call our rice dishes paellas, we call them arroces. Paellas are Valencian, Arroces are Murcian.

We’ve eaten this dish at our friend’s house, Virtudes, so many times that I’ve lost count. Whenever there’s a big party at the caves Virtudes comes over with her huge rice pan and gets cooking. She usually has a small army of helpers and can get rice cooked for 40-50 people without breaking a sweat. I tried to make it a few times in the past, but I was missing that one step – cooking the spare ribs in a pressure cooker – this is the secret to tender meat and a delicious stock. With this recipe you can’t go wrong! Watch the video above to see an expert in action.

If possible it is best to use a paella pan, which has a large base and high sides, so the heat is spread evenly and the rice has room to expand. A large frying pan also works.

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Discover The Mar Menor Series – San Pedro del Pinatar, Lo Pagan, Santiago de la Ribera, Los Alcázares, Los Nietos, El Carmolí, Cabo de Palos & Everywhere in Between!

Jul 16, 2014
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Discover the Mar Menor with our series of articles on the towns along the inland coastline and download the Kindle ebook to get even more inside information on this beautiful holiday destination.

We have loads of photos to share to show you the beauty of this region. We cover the 35km of inland Mar Menor coastline: the towns, beaches, activities, restaurants and quirks. From the mud baths at Lo Pagan to the dive boats at Cabo de Palos.

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If you need a map for the area download this one: Mar Menor Mappa Map

In this series we cover:

 


 

 

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