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?”

By Friday evening we were inundated with interest, the phone didn’t stop ringing and hasn’t stopped since. “Come to me tomorrow, I’m cooking michirones.” “Come for lunch on Sunday, I’ll make rice with rabbit.” “I have a great recipe for flores, my grandmother taught me.” “Quick, I’ve just cooked some chocalatínes.” “We’re having a matanza on Saturday, come and video the sausage making.”

And suddenly we almost have a book! In two weeks we’ve had more than 50 recipes written up in scribbly Spanish script and the food cooked, photographed and of course tasted!

We plan to do this cook book in dual languages – Spanish & English. Which means we now have to gather another 50 recipes, transcribe the Spanish and get it checked by a Spaniard, translate everything to English, design the book and send it to the printers – it should be available in March 2014. Contributions from the profit for the book will go to the fiesta commission to spend on our yearly village fiesta in May.

In the last few weeks these are just some of the dishes I have eaten. All in the name of research of course!


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