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Murcian Cordiales – Christmas Cakes

Dec 12, 2011

Murcian Cordiales

Last year we baked the Murcian Christmas specialty of Cordiales. These are the delicious little almond cakes, with angels’ hair filling. They are very simple to make, fun and sticky, taste scrummy and don’t hang around for long in our house. When you see these in the shops you know it’s Christmas, but I think they’re just too good to only have once a year (unlike Cadbury’s Cream Eggs – yuck!) and so I suggest you make some yourself.

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Finally, the Going Native In Murcia, Third Edition, is Published!

Dec 1, 2011

After four more years of research, investigating, enjoying and eating (!) here in Murcia we’ve eventually finished the third edition of our popular book, Going Native In Murcia. This one is a whopper, with 3 times as much information plus town maps. I can’t believe how thick it is, and we made the size of the book larger. It now weighs in at 286 pages.

If you’ve bought either of the two previous editions you’ll be shocked at how much more information we’ve packed into this new one. All the golf courses, horse riding centres, spas and balnearios… more restaurant reviews, location reports, the opera, jazz festivals, Roman remains, cinemas, shopping centres, museums and galleries… market days, fiesta dates, maps of some of the main towns, walking routes… I could go on! Here’s the Marketing Blurb below!

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MURCIA REGION! Full of useful tips straight from a British couple who now call this region their home. Let Debbie and Marcus be your guides as they share their love for Murcia, its people and its surrounds with intimate details, personal stories and hot tips for visitors, home buyers and new natives alike. This third edition has been carefully revised and is packed full of 300% more information including all town guides and selected maps. Going Native in Murcia – the most comprehensive guide in print – is now even better.

  • Comprehensive town and city guide with maps
  • The best places to eat, drink and have fun
  • Where to find the best beaches
  • Museums, churches and theatres to visit
  • Fun stuff to do from hiking to golf and scuba to horseriding
  • All about the food, wines and tapas of the region
  • Party all year round with the detailed fiesta finder
  • How to get all the home comforts (without the rubbish weather)
  • Tips for dog and cat owners
  • Natives share their stories
  • Dealing with builders, DIY and gardening
  • Coping with home sickness

This third edition has been carefully revised and is packed full of extra information. Going Native in Murcia – the most comprehensive guide in print – is now even better.

This book has taken 9 years to research and has been a real pleasure, taking us around the whole region that we now like to call our home. The first edition came out in May 2005, when we had to force ourselves to stop adding information and get the book out there! This third edition for 2012 has been fully revised and updated and includes maps, 300% more information, data on every town in the region, a list of the golf courses, the new airport details, what’s happening at Paramount, plus loads more…

The book was born out of the frustration of none of the major guides covering the region, or at best only dedicating 4 or 5 pages to it. When they did mention Murcia they focused entirely on the golf complexes and housing estates. In fact, the only guides we could find that covered the Murcia region in any detail were in Spanish, interspersing flowery language with inaccurate information. So we felt it was time for someone to put this major region firmly on the map.

Murcia is a beauty, with warm and welcoming people, a strong property market, wonderful food and fantastic weather. Our goal for you as you read this book is that you’ll be able to enjoy visiting this region in all its glory – with us as your equally wide-eyed guides. If you’re thinking of investing here or even making this region your new home then the sections on buying and visiting will tell you all you need to know.

Click here for buying options for Going Native In Murcia

If you’re thinking of getting yourself an early Christmas present, then go and buy it now from Amazon (all the links are on the book page: nativespain.com/the-books/going-native-in-murcia/ ) – if you’re feeling generous then buy a copy for your friends or family too!

Let me know what you think!
Debs Jenkins

PS: If Amazon say it’s out of stock don’t believe them, this is a print on demand title which means they can have as many books as they need within 24 hours, so order and they’ll tell you as soon as they’re shipping it (usually less than 2 days from your order date)

PPS: For you techies out there the e-versions are available too – either in Kindle format from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or any other format you could think of from Smashwords.com.

PPPPPPS: Gosh, that’s a lot of Ps – let me know what you think, I really do want your feedback!

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Sierra Espuña

Jun 1, 2010

Sierra Espuna

Sierra Espuna - Copyright David & Desiree - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/desanddave/SierraEspunaNationalPark#

In May, we had elderly relatives on holiday with us and decided to try a day out to the Sierra Espuña National Park in Murcia.

The Sierra Espuña is a vast mountain range and National Park, with many walking trails, view points and places of interest to look at.

Our relatives were not up to too much walking, so we decided to have a drive around one particular area to soak up the environment we were in – fresh air, forests and view points.

First of all, after travelling along the A7 motorway past Murcia going towards Almeria / Granada, take exit 631 signposted to Alháma de Murcia & Pliego.

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Food & Drink Cheat Sheet – Spanish & English Words for Common Food items

May 13, 2010

Here’s a handy food and drink cheat sheet, print it out and take it with you when eating out in Spain.

 


Food & Drink Cheat Sheet

Comedor Dining room
Carta Menu
Menú del día Fixed price menu
Comida or Almuerzo Lunch
La cuenta The bill
Platos combinados Mixed plate
Cucharra Spoon
Cuchillo Knife
Tenedor Fork
Vaso/Copa Glass
Taza Cup
Camerero/Camerera Waiter/Waitress
Cena Dinner
Desayuno Breakfast
Frío Cold
Caliente Hot
Hielo Ice
Entradas Starters
Sopa Soup
Sopa de cocido Meat soup
Sopa de gallina Chicken soup
Ensalada Salad
Ensalada Mixta Mixed salad
Aceitunas or Olivas Olives
Primeros Platos Main Courses
A la plancha Grilled
A la brasa Grilled
A la parilla Grilled
Al horno Baked/Roasted
Crudo Raw
Asado Roasted
Frito Fried
Cocido/caldereta Stew
Arroz Rice
Paella Famous rice dish
Verduras Vegetables
Patatas Potatoes
Patatas Fritas Chips
Judias Green beans
Zanahorias Carrots
Guisantes Peas
Ajo (al ajillo) Garlic (in garlic)
Tomates Tomatoes
Pimientos rojos Red Peppers
Pimientos verdes Green Peppers
Pollo Poultry / chicken
Pato Duck
Pavo Turkey
Pechuga Breast of chicken
Perdiz Partridge
Carne Meat
Cabra/chivo Goat/baby goat
Caza Game
Cerdo Pork
Cochinillo Suckling pig
Conejo Rabbit
Cordero Lamb
Solomillo Fillet Steak
Entrecot Sirloin Steak
Lomo Pork loin
Ternera Beef, veal
Pescado Fish
Dorada Sea Bream
Atún Tuna
Anchoa/boquerones Anchovy
Bacalao Salted cod
Lenguado Sole
Emperador Swordfish
Mojama Cured tuna
Mariscos Shellfish
Gambas Prawns
Mejillones Mussels
Almejas Clams
Langostinos Crayfish
Langostas/Bogavante Lobster
Postres Desserts
Helado de Chocolate Chocolate ice cream
Helado de Vainilla Vanilla ice cream
Tarta Flan / Cake
Flan Crème Caramel
Frutas Fruit
Manzanas Apples
Naranjas Oranges
Uvas Grapes
Ciruelas Plums
Melocotones Peaches
Cerezas Cherries
Fresas Strawberries
Piña Pineapple
Plátanos Bananas
Bebidas Drinks
Vino Tinto Red Wine
Vino Blanco White Wine
Cerveza Beer
Zumo de naranja Orange juice
Agua Water
Zumo de Manzana Apple juice
Sangria Red wine spritzer with fruit juice
Tinto de verano Red wine spritzer
Alimento General General Food
Aceite Oil
Ajo Garlic
Arroz Rice
Azúcar Sugar
Huevos Eggs
Mantequilla Butter
Miel Honey
Pan Bread
Pimienta Pepper
Sal Salt
Vinagre Vinegar
Salsa Sauce

 


 

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The Levante Pastries – Spanish Savoury & Sweet Pastries

May 10, 2010
Pastel de Carne - Murcian Pastry

Pastel de Carne – Murcian Pastry

The Levante (South East corner of Spain) is famous for its astonishing variety of sweet and savoury pastries made daily (recien hecho) in the local bakeries (panadería or pastelería). Pastries are a staple of the Levante daily diet since the Moorish times when flour mills sprung up all over the region due to the Moors’ ingenious water management systems.

The spectrum of what’s on offer ranges from the more exotic fare (frequently tied to a religious festival) like a boiled egg on a doughnut to the everyday Pastel de Carne Murciano with their filling of calf meat, garlic sausage and egg and beautiful concentric circles of pastry.

If you’ve been a little nervous in the past about what you might get, here’s a short menu of some of the more popular ones:

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Going Native: Eating Like a Spaniard

May 4, 2010

You may have noticed that Spanish restaurants seem awfully quiet – when you go in.  This is probably because you haven’t worked out how to eat like a Spaniard yet.  Read on to find out how to go native and eat like a Spaniard and understand how military-precision in timing can be all-important (doesn’t sound like Spain, does it?)

 

Ensaimadas - Spanish cake for breakfast

Breakfast
First Breakfast: in Spain, most people actually have two breakfasts.  The first breakfast is to get yourself started.  Since most Spaniards start the day early, the constitution is only ready to receive something light at this stage – around 7:30.  So first breakfast usually comprises any of the following:

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