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Nuegos – Dulce Típico de La Murta – Typical Sweet from La Murta – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 30, 2015
Nuegos for pudding

Nuegos for pudding

I was terrified of adding this recipe when I was researching, writing and editing the book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo, the cookery book for the small village of La Murta here in Murcia, Spain.

Why?

Because every family in La Murta has their own special way of making this dessert, everyone makes it slightly differently and everyone’s recipe is the best! When the book was published and people started to buy it and read it I was getting comments about how this recipe was “wrong”, “we don’t make it like that”, “we add more honey/lemon/flour…”

I knew it!

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Boiled Egg Snowmen – Huevos Chinos – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 26, 2015
Stuffed eggs

Boiled Egg Snowmen

This is a great recipe to make with your kids. They also make a wonderful centre piece at a party.

This recipe is taken from our cookery book Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas del Campo. It can also be found along with 8 other fun recipes in our free download – Cooking With Your Kids – 9 Spanish Recipes, which you can get immediately by signing up to our newsletter.

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Murcia Salad – Ensalada de Murcia – Recipe in Spanish & English

Apr 23, 2015

Tomatoes from Murcia Tomatoes are just one of the many things the region of Murcia is famous for (along with golf courses, unused airports and La Manga). Our market garden – la huerta – provides Europe with an excellent array of salad, vegetables and fruit throughout the year. There are plenty of Spanish recipes with tomatoes, but this one is special to Murcia – the Murcia Salad.

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Why You Should Visit La Manga & The Mar Menor

Mar 10, 2015

Most visitors to the Murcia region will have heard of La Manga and when they arrive at San Javier airport they will see something that looks like Las Vegas rising shimmering from the Mar Menor. This is La Manga del Mar Menor.

The Mar Menor, Murcia

There are in fact two La Mangas in Murcia, La Manga del Mar Menor and La Manga Club. The former is the one most people usually explore first and this is a long narrow piece of land that more or less divides the Mar Menor Sea from the Mediterranean Sea. Its name translated from Spanish means, ‘the sleeve’ and from an aerial perspective it does look like a long arm jutting out protectively around the Mar Menor sea. It was formed when sand and sediment built up on underwater mountains eventually forming this nineteen kilometre column of sand and dunes. In the 1960s La Manga del Mar Menor, commonly called La Manga Strip, was discovered as a tourist resort and today it is covered in apartments and villas, the majority designed with the holiday maker in mind.

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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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Where To Eat in Los Alcázares & Surrounds – Part 2 of 2

Dec 15, 2014

The Mercadona Square at Los AlcázaresThis is a guest article from David Buse a long time resident of the Los Alcázares area.

Tapas Around Los Alcázares

For tapas I would recommend the Complejo Deportivo Municipal, yes the little restaurant at the Sports Centre in my, and many others opinion, does the best tapas in town and an excellent Menu del Día for lunchtimes only.

La Tropical in the centre of the old town serves very good tapas and is also a full menu restaurant where you can enjoy your food al fresco or in its atmospheric restaurant area decorated with a photo mural of by-gone.

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Where To Eat in Los Alcázares & Surrounds – Part 1 of 2

Dec 9, 2014
English Food

English Food

This is a guest article from David Buse a long time resident of the Los Alcázares area.

Restaurants in Los Alcázares & Surrounds

There is no better place to eat anywhere along the Costa Cálida than Los Alcázares, both for choice and quality. Los Alcázares is easily divided into two distinct areas that begin at the roundabout close to El Arbol. The modern part is to the North and the old part of town to the South. Most bars and restaurants are centred on Mercadona Square and the Avenida Rio Nalón. I have travelled extensively and there are few areas, of this size, that can offer such a varied selection of cuisine at such constant high quality.

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Recipe for Mackerel in Brine – Receta de Estornino en Escabeche – Spanish Recipe

Nov 27, 2014

When I first moved to Spain I frequently saw tins of fish in escabeche or mussels in escabeche in the supermarkets, but I never really liked the look of them. I’m quite an adventurous eater, but the tins didn’t really catch my attention and when I tried them I wasn’t that impressed. When my friend Nasi said she wanted to cook Estornino en Escabeche for the La Murta cookery book I was intrigued. Would this be different, would it change my mind?

I think escabeche is a Marmite type dish, you either love it or hate it. I love it, when it’s home made!

Nasi making Escabeche

Nasi making Escabeche

Escabeche is found all around the Mediterranean, it is usually made with fish or seafood (sometimes with chicken, game or rabbit) and consists of an acidic marinade of vegetables & vinegar. This recipe works well with any oily fish – mackerel, herring or bonito. It is often served cold the next day after the flavours have had plenty of time to be absorbed. Make sure you have plenty of fresh Spanish bread for dipping in the sauce!

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Free Kindle Copy of Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites… This Weekend Only!

Nov 14, 2014

FT-table-wordsFor this weekend only our Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites kindle edition is free…

Enjoy more than 80 uncovered recipes from Grandma María Luisa’s Spanish Farmhouse Kitchen. Grandma María Luisa’s Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites is a treasure trove of recipes discovered after over 70 years.

María Luisa’s handwritten recipes from the Civil War period uncover the secrets of traditional Mediterranean cooking. Enjoy more than 80 recipes using fresh, natural, healthy ingredients to feed a modern family, with a hand-picked wine choice for every dish!

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