Cuisine of Barcelona – the main city of Catalonia – as if created for the holiday. All the dishes in this city are bright and aromatic, and each meal is accompanied by a special atmosphere.
In traditional Catalan dishes, seafood and mountains coexist in one plate. A characteristic feature of local cooking is a combination of sweet and savory, an abundance of fresh vegetables, fish and meat, generously flavored with olive oil. So what is the first thing to eat in Barcelona and where to do it?
Escudella d’Olla / Escudella d’Olla
Catalonia loves hot soup and two-in-one stews on cool winter days and windy spring. First, a broth is prepared from several types of meat, including black pudding, then vegetables and noodles are added. Continue reading
In recent years, the real trouble is with the quality of sunflower oil. I do not mean cold-pressed oil, which is suitable only in salads, but industrial-produced, in large quantities, sunflower oil. Ruthless competition between manufacturers, the desire to make the product even cheaper leads to a decrease in the quality of oil – and already far from the best.
Meanwhile, our health depends on the quality of vegetable oil and fats no less than on the quality of drinking water.
When choosing oil for cooking, one should focus on two characteristics:
whether its taste and smell are suitable for the planned dish and whether the oil will cope with the tasks assigned to it.
For each oil, there is a so-called smoke point – the temperature at which the substances contained in the Continue reading
Some chefs believe that the taste of pilaf is largely dependent on spices. I hope my readers are already convinced that this is not so.
But there is a country where the taste of food and the taste of spices are inseparable concepts. Of course, this is India – a country with a truly great culinary culture!
My story about pilaf would be incomplete if I avoided a dish called biryani.
Chop the chicken into 12-16 pieces. Grate ginger, chop garlic, prepare a set of spices.
If you value your culinary abilities so highly that you are ready to collect a set of spices for biryani yourself, then I don’t know what you can learn from me.
But if you think that grabbing stars from the sky is a silly exercise, then grab a ready-made set of curry spices. The only thing that makes sense to experiment with is the sharpness of the dish. Take sweet paprika and hot ground chili in such proportions that your tongue burns, but you can also feel the taste of paprika – try to find your own individual border of sharpness. Continue reading