Category Archives: Gastronomy

“Sitting on the dock of the bay” at San Vicente de La Barquera

Sitting out on the decking, almost floating, on the impressively wide estuary at San Vicente de la Barquera in Western Cantabria, slowly savouring “a desert island of foie gras”, one of the most innovative dishes at restaurant Annua of one … Continue reading

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Potes – “The town of bridges and towers”.

Leave the rugged Cantabrian coast behind you and wind your way up the dramatic gorge of La Hermida with the bubbling river Deva running through, into the verdant valley of Valle de Liebana with its Mediterranean micro-climate. As the valley … Continue reading

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Medieval Olite

Olite, a set on Flickr. Medieval markets and fairs are quite commonplace in Spain these days but we’ve never come across one quite as special as that of Olite. An almost perfectly kept medieval town with the ‘castle’, actually the … Continue reading

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Catherine’s Flan

Everyone will have their own recipe for “flan”, the most popular Spanish pudding and here is mine. The secret to it is that the eggs must be free range and really fresh and the milk must be fresh too. Also … Continue reading

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Paella de Luis

There are all sorts of different recipes for paella – each version differs slightly. Luis uses his Mum’s recipe for a mixed paella – totally traditional and very tasty indeed, the secret being that all the ingredients should be fresh … Continue reading

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Nourishing Nueva

  Exploring Asturias on a rather dull, uninspiring Saturday morning in March, we were pleasantly surprised by the tiny, but so well stocked street market at the pretty town of Nueva near Llanes. Only a few simple stalls, but what … Continue reading

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Be Game and join “The Great Hunt” in Santander

Come and join the magnificent La Gran Caceria “The Great Hunt” at Hotel Santemar, just back from the beautiful Playa del Sardinero in Santander from 1st -3rd and 7th – 10th March 2013! This amazing gastronomic event, now in its … Continue reading

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Limpias IS Chocolate y Picatostes

At the navigable limit of the River Asón in eastern Cantabria Limpias was for centuries an important and wealthy port, exporting wool and minerals from Burgos to the rest of Europe. Since the early 20th century it has fallen into … Continue reading

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It is Raining Stars in Cantabria!

  Cantabria, along with the rest of Northern Spain, has always been well known for its great home cooked, traditional food “comida casera” at its many small, family run restaurants. But it has been raining stars here very recently as … Continue reading

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Leche Frita

Fried milk: Actually more of a fried, sweet bechamel, the dessert version of croquetas, and very yummy it is too!   Milk is probably the weak point of northern Spanish diet – most people opting for UHT – but you … Continue reading

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