Spanish Food & Drink

The 12 lucky grapes, “Las doce uvas de la suerte”: New Year tradition in Spain

Why do people eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Spain? (Las doce uvas de la suerte)

I have been lucky enough to experience New Year celebrations in Spain several times in recent years and it is very different to here in the UK! The most unique part of a Spanish New Year is the tradition of eating 12 grapes as the clock chimes midnight – las doce uvas de la suerte. In this blog post we will look at the origins of this Spanish New Year tradition.

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Mazapán (de almendras) / Marzipan (almond)

A traditional Spanish sweet that is eaten at Christmas in Spain is “Mazapán de almendras” or “Almond marzipan”. Why not try making this at home and learn some Spanish at the same time by following this video in Spanish with the script below which has been translated into English.

 

 

Vamos a preparar mazapán.
We are going to make marzipan.

Los ingredientes que necesitamos son:
The ingredients that we need are:

200g de almendra molida: 200g of crushed almonds
200g de azúcar glas o polvo: 200g of caster or powder sugar
1 huevo separado (la clara de la yema): 1 separated egg (egg white)

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Receta para patatas bravas (Recipe for “spicy potato wedges”)

“Patatas bravas” is a classical Spanish tapas dish, known in English as “spicy potato wedges”. They are typically served in a spicy tomato sauce or with mayonnaise. The dish is often ordered with a variety of toppings including chorizo, chicken and fried fish. The same spicy sauce is also used as a topping for mejillones (mussels) called “mejillones en salsa brava”. Here is the recipe in Spanish and English: Continue reading

Receta para “Tortilla de patata”(Tortilla española) [Spanish & English]

Tortilla de patata (Spanish potato omelette) is a classic Spanish dish served either hot  or cold for breakfast, as a main course or in Spain, as a tapas bar snack, cut into small pieces or wedged between chunks of fresh bread as a filling in a “bocadillo”. It is delicious, very filling and perhaps a little fattening! Here is a simple recipe to make this tasty, traditional Spanish dish. Continue reading

“Torrijas” (Sweet bread pudding) – Traditional Spanish Easter sweet [Receta/Recipe]

This traditional sweet is eaten in Spain during Lent (La Cuaresma), the 40 days leading up to Easter. In English we would call “torrijas” “bread pudding” and America they would call them “French toast”. Although they are normally eaten for breakfast, they can be eaten at any time of the day. They are also sometimes known as “rebandas de Carnaval” or “tortillas de leche”. There are several variations but the most typical consist of bread, milk, honey and sugar. Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try them at home: Continue reading

Huevos con chorizo, pan y guisantes. / Eggs with chorizo, bread and peas (Recipe in Spanish & English)

4 raciones: 4 servings
Ingredientes: (Ingredients)
100 gramos guisantes congelados: 100g frozen peas
2 cucharadas de vinagre de vino blanco: 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 cucharada de aceite de oliva: 1 tbsp olive oil
100 g de chorizo pelado y desmenuzado en trocitos: 100g chorizo, skinned and crumbled into small pieces
4 rebanadas gruesas de pan de chapata, sin corteza y divididas en trocitos: 4 thick slices ciabatta, crust removed and torn into small pieces
4 huevos: 4 eggs
Puñado pequeño de brotes de guisantes (opcional): Small handful pea shoots (optional)
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“El Día de la Candelaria” – a popular Mexican tradition (2nd February)

Hi, in this short post we will talk a little about the Mexican tradition known as “El Día de la Candelaria” and we will take a look at a few phrases in Spanish that may be used in this context.
“El Día de la Candelaria” is a very popular tradition in Mexico because it involves getting together with people you like and eating free “tamales” on the 2nd of February. For those who don’t know, a “tamal” is a traditional dish made of corn-based dough which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. A “tamal” may be filled with spiced meat, cheese or vegetables.
But what is this celebration about? Why free food? you may be asking. Let me explain.

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Receta para “Roscón de Reyes”: Recipe for “King’s Cake”

What is a “Roscón de Reyes”?

The “Roscón de Reyes” (King’s Cake) is a doughnut shaped cake topped with sugared fruits and sprinkled with sugar. It is traditional to eat it on “El Día de Reyes”The King’s Day, (Epiphany, 6th January). The “King’s Day” is when Spanish children receive presents from the “Reyes Magos” (the Wise Men – the 3 Kings who brought baby Jesus gifts). It is traditional to put surprise figures inside the roscón and whoever finds them in their portion will have good luck the following year and will be the king of the party. However, you also put in a dry bean, “una haba” and whoever finds this has to pay for the cake.
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Healthy winter warmer recipe: Apple Strudel / Strudel de Manzana (English/Spanish)

Finding creative ways to eat healthy food does not need to be a boring affair. In this post I will share a few tips on making a delicious apple strudel your guests will love.
(Encontrar maneras creativas de comer saludable no necesita ser algo aburrido. En esta breve publicación voy a compartir algunos consejos sobre cómo hacer un strudel de manzana delicioso que tus invitados amarán.)

I hope you like it! I am Lyn Ashby and I love to share healthy living tips and recipes online. For more healthy food ideas click here.
(¡Espero que te guste! Soy Lyn Asby y me encanta compartir consejos para vivir saludablemente así como recetas en línea.  Para más ideas de recetas saludables visita mi sitio web.)
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