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Barcelona diaries 3 – the calçots

Barcelona diaries 3 – the calçots

by Oliver Benet In the south of Catalonia, near the historic city of Tarragona, we find the small city of Valls, a city that when you hear its name, at…

Garrotxa 3

Garrotxa 3

Did you like the Via Verda? What? You feel too tired? OK, today we will stay in town. No bikes, no long walks. Some may think that I may advertise…

Easter in Greek painting 2

Easter in Greek painting 2

Holy Friday is a day of mourning for the death of Jesus Christ. According to the orthodox ritual the “Epitaphios” is prepared at each church. The Epitaphios is an icon…

Easter in Greek painting 1

Easter in Greek painting 1

Easter, which in Greek is called “Pascha”, commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and it is along with his Nativity and The Dormition of the Mother of God one of the…

Food in Greek painting 5 – Nikos Hatzikyriakos Ghikas

Food in Greek painting 5 – Nikos Hatzikyriakos Ghikas

Nikos Hatzikyriakos-Ghikas (1906-1994), was a leading Greek cubist artist, who began his studies as a student of Kosntantinos Parthenis. Combining the principals of Cubism, Post-Cubism, Constructivism and other Avant-garde elements…

Castellers: Touching the sky with the hand 2

Castellers: Touching the sky with the hand 2

So what exactly are the castells and the castellers? Well, the “castells” are human towers that members of various teams (so called colles castelleres) form, during Catalan festivals. The colles…

Food in Greek painting 4 – Konstantinos Parthenis

Food in Greek painting 4 – Konstantinos Parthenis

Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967) was one of the most important representors of Greek modernism. In fact, he is considered as one of the three “fathers” of Modern Greek art, along with…

Des fraises, des cerises, un baiser d’ange au printemps

Des fraises, des cerises, un baiser d’ange au printemps

I consider Lee Hazlewood´s “Summer Wine”, one of the best songs ever heard. I love it so much, I often play it in my guitar, although I deserve the title…

Garrotxa 2

Garrotxa 2

We leave Sant Privat d´en Bas, returning to Mallol. There, we turn left towards la Pinya, a very small village from where we can buy excellent local cold cuts by…

The alternative culinary school

With Democratic Gourmet you will learn from how to boil an egg to what you should cook when expecting guests

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risotto with yellow beetroots, shrimps, peperoncino oil and sea fennel

risotto with yellow beetroots, shrimps, peperoncino oil and sea fennel

Yellow beetroots cannot be substituted by red ones. If you can´t find them, try this risotto with pumpkin ingredients for 4 servings (cost about 4…

“Salmorejo” with stuffed egg

“Salmorejo” with stuffed egg

I can´t choose my best soup between ajoblanco and salmorejo. What I know is that the Andalusian summer soups are awesome! ingredients for 4 servings…

porcini carpaccio with grana, pine nuts, rosemary and rose pepper

porcini carpaccio with grana, pine nuts, rosemary and rose pepper

I consider wild mushrooms the tastiest natural ingredients. And the porcini ones maybe the best of them. ingredients for 4 servings (cost about 5 €…

natural mystic: fresh chickpeas with fresh tomato sauce

natural mystic: fresh chickpeas with fresh tomato sauce

We can prepare this dish with common dried chickpeas but the fresh ones provoke an explosion of natural aromas in the mouth ingredients for 4…

roasted peach with purslane, Iberian ham and raspberries vinaigrette

roasted peach with purslane, Iberian ham and raspberries vinaigrette

Fruits, such as peaches, apples, apricots, figs, strawberries and many more can be used as part of great dishes. Build your own salad with the…

lemony spaghetti with tin clams, roasted veggies, breadcrumbs and fresh herbs

lemony spaghetti with tin clams, roasted veggies, breadcrumbs and fresh herbs

An ideal dish for spring and summer evenings. Fresh clams make this dish superior but also raise cost and preparation time ingredients for 4 servings…

fried bogues with green beans and allioli sauce

fried bogues with green beans and allioli sauce

This dish can also be made with any cheap kind of fish, such as mackerels, big sardines etc! ingredients for 4 servings (cost about 3…

roasted kid shoulder with bicolored sweet potatoes

roasted kid shoulder with bicolored sweet potatoes

Don´t worry if you can´t find purple sweet potatoes. You can also prepare the dish only with common orange ones! ingredients for 4 servings (cost…

tower of eggplant with roasted tomato and mozzarella

tower of eggplant with roasted tomato and mozzarella

An example of how we can create impressive dishes with simple, everyday ingredients! ingredients for 4 servings (cost about 3 € pp) 1 medium to…