August 7, 2017

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

June 3, 2017

I love a good veggie burger, after not eating meat for over twenty years, I know what makes a great meat free burger.  It is really difficult to get meat alternatives here in Spain so we make our own. Not only is it cheaper to make your own meat-free burgers from scratch but it also […]

April 5, 2017

It was fun in January to pick any olives we had and take a car boot full to a next village to have them separated from any unwanted leaves and weighed (see post here).  We were keen to keep some decent looking olives to one side and to preserve them in jars, this is how […]

October 31, 2016

Of all the nuts walnuts are one of my favourites. The fruit and veg stalls in the local indoor markets in Portugal sold several varieties; one particular stall holder used to squeeze them open with her thumb to give us samples, they had a delicious creamy flavour. Walnuts are packed full of protein and essential […]

October 6, 2016

The Mirabelle plum is a French speciality but it grows in Spain and the UK too. This type of plum is small, oval, yellow and deliciously sweet. They are great when just picked straight from the tree and eaten fresh.  We are lucky to have a huge Mirabelle plum tree in our garden, there are […]

September 4, 2016

These are a great snack, breakfast, elevenses, lunch, after dinner, all of the above, any excuse to eat them really.  Another put everything into the food processor recipe and with a short baking time too.  Our boys LOVE them, so much so that they call them Figgy Nutty Cakey Bars.  They really do taste like […]

August 27, 2016

Usually made with basil leaves and pine nuts, pesto is a simple but delicious combination of flavourful leaves, oily nuts, hard cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and lemon juice; any ingredients meeting this description can produce a really versatile, delicious pesto. Basil, known as the king of herbs can easily be grown in a pot. […]

August 22, 2016

There are hundreds of varieties of avocados, four common varieties sold  are Hass  (dark purple/ black knobbly skin), Ettinger and Fuerte (both pear-shaped, smooth & green skinned when ripe) and Nabal (more spherical). Depending on your preferences, these varieties range from nutty to light and buttery to watery.  All varieties are full of nutrients, each […]

August 16, 2016

Fig varieties are either classified as black or white, but they are notoriously difficult to identify the exact type as there are over 700 delicious edible varieties. Figs which are green when ripe are classified as white. e.g. the green muscatel variety is low in acid, excellent for drying, eating  straight from the tree or […]