SEASONAL EATING

Summer Recipes

 
 
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Catalan seafood rice

ARROZ CALdoso FROM RESTAURANT CAP DE CREUS

Having a restaurant on the shores of the Mediterranean has its advantages, one being the fresh deliveries of hand-caught rockfish that arrive on owner Chris Little’s kitchen stoop on a regular basis. If you can’t find any small rockfish to use in this stock then a mixture of fish bones and heads will do fine…

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Alioli

Al i oli means garlic & oil in catalan

Alioli ia a wonderfully versatile condiment. Purists don’t use an egg yolk to make alioli and you can leave it out if you like. I always use one because it really helps to build volume and texture. You can also include other ingredients before you start adding the oil to create different flavoured alioli…

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Grilled king prawns with garlic & parsley

Gambas al ajillo

Many Spaniards consider the meat and juices inside the prawn head an absolute delicacy. The best way to eat these prawns is by pulling off the head, sucking out all the contents then peeling the rest of the prawn and eating the flesh. Use this dressing to adorn freshly barbequed squid of fish as well…

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Strawberry gazpacho

gazpacho de fresa

Gazpacho is a cold soup traditionally made from a base of blended raw vegetables - overripe tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion and bread on some occasions. For decades chefs and homecooks have been experimenting with other seasonal fruits such as melon, watermelon, cherry, green grapes etc. And in this case, strawberries…

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Almond & Cinnamon muffins

tarta de santiago made into muffins

This cake from Galicia is traditionally decorated with the simbol of St James cross, dusted in icing sugar over the top. I have turned the recipe into muffins - easy to transport for a picnic, snack on the way to work or to put a relatively healthy treat into the kid’s lunch box…

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Tiger nut milk

horchata

Tiger nuts are not actually nuts at all but are small tubers that have many health benefits. This dairy free, nut free and seed free drink is originally from Valencia and is incredibly thirst quenching. It is enjoyed all over Spain during the hot dry summer months…

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Stuffed mackerel with quinoa

mackerel is widely eaten in spain

Mackerel is a blue fish that is inexpensive, sustainable and unfortunately underutilised. Blue fish has a stronger more earthy flavour profile than white fish and has many health benefits. Stuffed on this ocassion with quinoa this dish is a gluten free protein packed delicious meal…

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Asian noodle salad with chicken

a little bit of spicy in your belly

This salad is so versatile you can literally use most ingredients you normally have on hand, throw them into a bowl along with the dressing and your choice of egg noodles, soba noodles or rice noodles and viola! - One recipe becomes 20 or more…

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