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 a gourmets’ paradise! Real food at its best! Not just one fresh fish stall, but two! Excellent local veg and free range eggs, tempting, home cured chorizos and lomos from the Picos and superb crusty bread from the mountain village of Taramundi in Western Asturias.
And the cheese – well, all sorts of local varieties including the moreish Quesos de Pria from a small family run concern, in the lovely hamlet of Pria just down the road. They also make their own butter (which is from another planet) and to top it all they rear their own cows, pigs and chickens and all their produce is on sale at a butcher’s cum grocers in town.
After filling our shopping baskets with all these amazing delights, what better way to end the morning than to have a sidrina (locally made cider) and a pincho (a tasty snack) with the locals at the typical Bar La Central.
We went home more than happy and eager to get to work in the kitchen!