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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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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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Cod Meatballs – Albondigas de Bacalao – Spanish Recipe

Dec 6, 2013

cod-balls-6x6Cod (bacalao) is the most consumed white fish in Spain. It has beneficial nutritional properties and great versatility in the kitchen. Cod is bought and consumed fresh, frozen, smoked or salted (dried then salted); the latter being the most traditional and widespread.

When buying cod it is important to look at the country of origin. For centuries, the Atlantic banks were depleted by intensive fishing and use of trawling nets, and cod from these sources should not be consumed. Pacific banks are less impactful on the species and cod should be consumed from this source. Farmed cod with a organic certification is also an option. The Alaskan pollock is a great substitute for cod and has many similar features.

This is a great recipe for a starter or with some vegetables you can eat it as a main course.

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New Cooking Project – La Murta Ladies Cooking Club

Dec 3, 2013
Lunch

Lunch

After the success of our last cookery book project with Finca TorrecillasSpanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites – we came up with an idea to work with our local village ladies and this year’s fiesta committee to make a La Murta Ladies Cooking Club cookery book (working title!)

So, two weeks ago on a sunny Friday afternoon we mentioned the idea to a couple of friends in the village: “Would the ladies like to share their recipes? Would anybody be interested in cooking some recipes for us to photograph? Is it a silly idea? Would anyone buy the book? What do you think?”

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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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Don’t Buy The Kindle Edition of our New Cookery book…

Nov 15, 2013

front-cover-outline…wait until Monday as we’re doing an awesome promotion through Amazon. On Monday 18th November the book will cost just 0.99 cents – less than the price of a coffee! It goes up a little each day until by Friday it’s back to it’s original (bargain!) price of just 4.99.

So if you’re thinking of buying our Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites book for your Kindle then wait till Monday and get a great deal! We’d love to hear how much you like it – take a minute and give us a review on Amazon!

Thanks!

Screenshots of the Kindle Edition of Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites

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PRESS RELEASE: Uncovered After More Than 70 Years, Traditional Spanish Recipes From The Civil War Period

Nov 7, 2013
Cod Balls in Tomato Sauce

Cod Balls in Tomato Sauce

Paco de Lara from Finca Torrecillas Eco Retreat in Murcia, Southern Spain, was excavating one of the out-buildings at his lovely restored Finca when he found a huge pile of hand written notebooks.

Each notebook was covered in meticulous handwriting, with differently-coloured pencils used for headings and titles. Each book had a theme – vegetables, meats, salads, etc. and there were loads of them. Paco realised he’d stumbled upon his grandmother, Maria Luisa’s, stash of recipe books from the 1950s. Maria Luisa had meticulously transcribed her mother’s recipes, who perfected her cooking between 1930-1945. He estimated there were a couple of hundred recipes in this treasure trove. So he set about cataloguing them.

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Rice With Serrano Ham – Arroz Con Jamon Serrano – Spanish Recipe

Nov 1, 2013

This is one of my favourite recipes in the Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites cooking book. The first time I made it I thought it all looked a bit simple, nothing interesting, just some ham and cheese, what’s the big deal? By the third time my husband had requested it I realised I’d stumbled upon one of our favourite tried and tested mid-week meals. This is so simple to make and really great for a winter’s evening meal or lunch with friends.

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