Pollo en Pepitoria – A Spanish Sunday Lunch

Making Spanish dishes often feels like taking a trip to the origin of my Sardinian heritage. As Sardinia was invaded by the Spanish for many years, I always look for similarities with their culture: from the syntax, to the societal constructs, to the ingredients we put on our table. Almonds are definitely a staple in…

Sevillian Spinach and Chickpeas (Espinacas con Garbanzos)

Having a Spanish partner means not only finding curious similarities with the traditional Sardinian cooking (Sardinia was a Spanish colony for many years, and this can be seen at the dinner table), but, more importantly, it means exploring the differences. For example I am particularly fascinated by the influence that the Arabs had on Spanish culture…

Spanish Cold Soup Part II: Salmorejo

The heatwave continues and, between weekend barbecues, I keep on basing my diet on cold soups! Very practical, they solve both packed lunches and lazy dinners. But they are also a combination of seasonal nutrition and incredible flavour. Salmorejo is more of a cream rather than a soup – what we would call in Italian vellutata…

Chickpeas and then some: Cocido Madrileño

After visiting Madrid and discovering the highlights of Spanish traditional cuisine, I naturally felt like trying to reproduce it at home. Following the same idea as the Sardinian hen broth – a dish that is designed to feed a whole family reunited for a weekend meal; and in the same fashion, Cocido delivers several dishes on the table…