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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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Truffles – Trufas – Spanish Recipe in Spanish & English

Nov 21, 2014

Decadent & delicious, this is a super simple recipe for truffles that you can make with your children. Why not make a few batches and take them as gifts at Christmas. The recipe makes about 40 truffles (depending upon how much you taste whilst making them!) and they store well in the fridge for a few days. If you want to keep them for longer put them in a sealed plastic container in the freezer.

They also taste really nice frozen – sometimes I just can’t wait the 15 minutes for them to defrost!

This recipe is from Isabel López Soto from La Murta and is included in the village cook book. You might like to try adding different liqueurs – mint or orange would be good!

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Easter in Spain – 8 Great Places to Visit – Murcia, Granada, Barcelona, Canaries, Málaga, Seville, Alicante & Valencia

Mar 14, 2014
Easter Tamborista - Drummer - Moratalla

Easter Tamborista – Drummer – Moratalla

Spain is well known for its Holy Week traditions (Semana Santa). Holy Week, the last week of Lent (the week immediately before Easter) sees religious processions, festivities, parties and traditions in all the cities around Spain.

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The Matanza in Spain – Fiesta de la Matanza – What Happens…

Feb 4, 2014
Salchicha

Salchicha

At the end of November or early December here in Murcia we often have a celebration called a matanza. A pig, that has been raised here in La Murta, is humanely slaughtered at a local abattoir and then returned to the villagers, where a skilled butcher will cut the meat and prepare it for different dishes, including salchichas.

The extended family and friends gather and enjoy breakfast together and watch the proceedings. Every part of the pig is used. The produce will be shared around the family and feed them through the winter months. Even the village cats get a little treat.

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Fiesta Funding – Working Hard to Party Hard!

Jan 31, 2014

Every year, throughout the year, in villages and towns around Spain, Fiesta Committees – Comisiónes de Fiestas – will be working hard to collect money to pay for the Fiesta Patronale. They will organise macropremios (bingo), parties, lunches, sell lottery tickets and arrange events. The committee is unpaid and works very hard so that you can party hard!

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Making Sausages Spanish Style – Salchichas

Jan 26, 2014

Salchichas are usually made from ground meat (in this case pork) with a skin around it, typically made from intestine.

During the matanza at the end of November, the butchers work on their recipes for salchicha – this video shows you the process in our village in La Murta. From the mincing of the meat, the addition of special spices and ingredients, to the filling of the sausage skins and separating into links. The salchichas are then hung for curing or popped straight onto the barbecue! Watch the video to see how they do it!

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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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Turrón De Yema Tostada – Spanish Christmas Egg Yolk Turron – Spanish Recipe

Nov 28, 2013
Turrón Ingredients

Turrón Ingredients

At Christmas time in Spain the shops start to fill up with a Spanish specialty – Turrón. There’s every sort you can imagine, from all the big brand cake & dessert factories – chocolate flavour, crunchy, squishy, with pistachios, with candied fruit, rock hard, with egg yolks, toasted – all sorts of colours and of course all levels of quality!

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All The Fun Of The Fiesta in La Murta

Apr 9, 2013
Feeding the 300 - Giant Paella

Feeding the 300 – Giant Paella

Well it’s been a year in the making, but our fiesta patronale is well and truly ready.

Collectively the fiesta committee (along with the entire village) have fund raised, bingo’d (I know it’s not a proper word!), made dinner for 100s of people, taken photos, dressed up as kings, waitered, cleaned, planned, argued, laughed, shouted, tasted, listened, decided and eventually we’re ready to party!

We were on the fiesta committees in 2008, 2009 & 2011 – it was exhausting and incredibly fun. We made new friends, learnt more about our village, cemented relationships and vowed we’d never do it again.

If previous years are anything to go by then you’ll be a fool to miss our fiesta and I know you’re no fools! So come along and enjoy. Here’s the provisional calendar of events:

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