Monthly Archives: January 2012

A taste of Spanish summertime; Receta para gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold, raw vegetable soup typical of Andalucía in the south of Spain but consumed all over Spain, Portugal and parts of South America. It is mainly consumed during summer due to its refreshing qualities and cold temperature. It is believed that it was introduced in to Spain as an Arab soup during the invasion of the moors. The traditional ingredients were garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and stale bread. It became particularly popular amongst farmers as it was a good way to cool off in the summer and to use up seasonal vegetables and stale bread. Now there are many varieties which may include ingredients such as meat, seafood, watermelon and grapes. However, the most traditional modern gazpacho recipe (see below) consists of tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and stale bread. Continue reading

What different languages are spoken in Spain?

You have probably heard that there are different types of Spanish spoken in different parts of Spain. For example, you may be confused as to whether to learn Catalán or Castilian Spanish if you are going to Barcelona. You may have noticed differences in the language when going to different regions. Read on to find out about the types of Spanish spoken within Spain. Continue reading