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Chef For A Day in Murcia at La Tapa Restaurant

Jul 1, 2014

Spain’s Master Chef – Begoña Rodrigo – was the chief judge at a cookery contest I entered with a recipe from our book: Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo.

The contest was run by Las Flores Quality Tapas – a chain of excellent restaurants in Murcia city. The first round was to enter your tapas recipe and then get votes on facebook. I got through to the second round in 3rd place – thanks facebook friends for voting for me!

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The final of the contest was a wonderful opportunity to be a chef for the day at La Tapa restaurant in Plaza de Flores, Murcia. On a sunny Saturday morning the eight participants headed into the city to put the finishing touches on their dish. This was my first time in a professional kitchen. I was third to present my dish to the panel of judges which included two of the chefs from Las Flores Quality Tapas restarants, The Murcialist – Joaquin and of course Spain’s Master Chef – Begoña Rodrigo. I was led down from the upstairs kitchen, carrying one of my prepared plates and told to present myself to Begoña and introduce myself and the dish. Then we waited for the results.

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Reviews & Articles About The Cookery Book: Recetas del Campo – Spanish Village Cooking

Jun 26, 2014

Here are some links to reviews and articles about the book Recetas del Campo – Spanish Village Cooking

Delightful new cookery book is a compilation of local recipes from the village of La Murta… from Novelist Joan Fallon

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Ray’s version of Murcian Pie from the recipe book

Joan’s husband, Ray, cooked the Murcia meat pie – have a look at the review and photos. Joan is a novelist and writes with a Spanish theme, see my review of her book Loving Harry.

The book is clearly laid out in Spanish and English, so it is easy for a foreigner to identify the ingredients they need to buy in the local supermarket.  There are plenty of photographs of the dishes, always a good way to tempt the cook to try something new.

 

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Receta del Libro de Cocina de La Murta Llega a Final de la Competición

Jun 20, 2014

Debbie Jenkins, editor y co-autor del libro “Recetas del Campo – Spanish Village Cooking” está emocionado de ser uno de los finalistas en el concurso “Chef Por Un Día “, organizado por los restaurantes Las Flores Quality Tapas.

Debbie dice que eligió su plato para el concurso porque sus vecinos y co-autores de La Murta les lo gustó tanto que me solicitaron la receta e insistió en que se incluyó en el libro.

El final es el sábado 21 de junio en el restaurante La Tapa en la Plaza de Las Flores en Murcia.

Muchos de los colaboradores del libro de recetas de La Murta acompañará a Debbie el sábado para darle su apoyo.

La receta de Debbie es Cerdo Picante en Copas de Lechuga y se puede encontrar en www.lamurta.com.

NOTAS DEL EDITOR:

  • 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.

[PRESS RELEASE IN ENGLISH]

Spanish Village Cooking - Recetas del Campo

Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo

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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.

EDITOR NOTES:

[PRESS RELEASE IN SPANISH]

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

May 26, 2014

[PRESS RELEASE IN SPANISH]

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.

EDITOR NOTES:

REVIEWS:

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.

NOTAS DEL EDITOR:

  • 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.

VALORACIONES:

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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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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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

[PRESS RELEASE IN SPANISH]

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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