Pan-Roasted Cod with Salmorejo & Crispy Serrano Ham

Inspired by my recent trip to Granada, I decided to make some salmorejo today. Salmorejo is very similar to gazpacho and both are traditional Andalusian dishes, so I saw them on most menus while in Granada. Salmorejo more specifically is a dish that comes from Córdoba, a city I’d love to visit as well, but […]

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Five Days in Granada, Spain

Why go? Like most people, my main reason for going to Granada was to see the famous Alhambra, the Moorish palace and fortress that sits high on a hill overlooking the city and Sierra Nevada mountain range beyond. This was the last bastion of the Spanish Moors as the Christians forced them south in the […]

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Spain, Granada 2017: Historic Sites in Albaicin & Walk up to Sacromonte

Being an early riser has great advantages when holidaying in a famous city. I’d picked up a leaflet yesterday about visiting six historic buildings in the Albaicin and discovered that entry was free on Sunday (other days there’s a €5 charge). So after an early breakfast I set off in time to be at El […]

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Spain 2017: Views & Cobbled Streets – Walking in the Albaicin, Granada

I had an abortive attempt to climb up to Mirador San Nicolas, Granada’s most famous viewpoint, yesterday evening. Despite having Google Maps to hand on my iPhone, the maze of narrow little streets proved too much even for Google and I found myself going in circles; everytime I seemed close, I suddenly found I’d doubled […]

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Spain 2017: Alicante to Granada by Bus

This holiday in Spain began with spending 6 nights with my lovely friends Linda & George in Benissa, north of Alicante. They kindly got up before sunrise this morning to drive me to Alicante for my bus to Granada where I’ll spend the next 5 nights. We watched the sky lighten from their house as […]

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My Week in Food

It’s been a week of contrasts from wonderful San Sebastián in Spain a week ago to a dull and damp Bank Holiday Monday back in London yesterday. But good food isn’t dependent on either location or weather thank goodness. Although a location as great as San Sebastián and a good dose of sunshine certainly help. Here’s […]

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24 Hours in Bilbao, Spain

I’ve been wanting to go to Bilbao for years. And the main reason for wanting to go was to see architect Frank Gehry’s masterpiece – the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which opened in 1997. I knew people who’d been and said how wonderful the building was but once I finally got there, I realised nothing had […]

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Spain 2015: Day Trip to Benidorm

I’ve gone to Spain to visit my lovely friends Linda and George every year bar one (when we instead went together to Istanbul) since 2006. On the hour’s drive from Alicante airport to their home, about halfway into the journey, the towering buildings of Benidorm stretch along the coastline and in their own way they […]

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Spain 2015: Moraira

The nearest towns from where we’re staying in Spain are Benissa (inland) and Calpe and Moraira on the coast. Moraira is by far the prettiest and one of the most unspoilt towns on this part of the Costa Blanca.  Backed by mountains it offers some dramatic and often stunning views all along the coastal roads […]

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Spain 2015: The Summer Kitchen

I love the outdoor living here in Spain. In common with many Spanish homes, Linda and George have a summer kitchen. Situated near their swimming pool it makes good sense, especially when family and friends come with children but in the heat, it’s just so nice to cook and prepare food outside. We eat outside […]

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