With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Learning About Spain

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Learning About Spain

We had the privileged of meeting, Sergio, Aldara's boyfriend, as he is visiting the United States for the first time. They came for lunch with another sweet girl that works at the same company as John.  What a joy to spend time with such bright and interesting young people!
Sergio brought gifts from Aldara's mother. 
These two beautiful books that are written in both Spanish and English.  The first is Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) with photos of some of the most gorgeous places in Spain.  A most lovely book.  The second book, 101 Tapas imprescindible de la cocina espaƱola
is a cookbook written in four languages: Spanish, English, French and German!
 Doesn't this look good? Garbanzos con bacalao (Chickpeas with Cod)
How about these roasted vegetables? Escalivada (Roasted Vegetable Salad)
 A few of Aldara's favorite food just might take some pallet stretching on my part.  :)
I love how Aldara describes some of her favorite foods (like the Morcilla da burgos picured above).
She says, It's AMAZING!
from About.com:
Morcilla is a sausage, like chorizo that is very much a part of the ritual of the “slaughter” or la matanza in Spain. Extended family, friends and neighbors get together in small towns all over to sacrifice their fattened hogs to make chorizo, morcilla and jamon. Like most agrarian societies, Spaniards make good use of just about every part of the pig from the hooves to the jowls and ears. The blood doesn’t go to waste either! It is quickly drained into a large pan and immediately taken to the kitchen where morcilla preparation will take place.

Morcilla typically has onion, garlic, sweet and spicy paprika, oregano, pig’s blood and rice. Variations include the addition of clove and/or cinnamon to the list of spices. In some regions, squash is used instead of rice, which completely changes the texture and flavor of the sausage.
No matter which ingredients are used, it is worth trying morcilla, even if the idea of eating pig’s blood is not appealing to you. Like many dishes containing ingredients you may not be accustomed to eat, you may be very surprised at how much you like it! Many tourists arrive in Spain and try morcilla before they know what’s in it and like it! So, buen provecho!
 In addition to meeting new friends it is so special to learn more of the language, the food and the culture of Spain!  Thank you, dear friends for your kindness!
~*~
Linking with Mary's Mosaic Monday!

29 comments:

Snap said...

What fun! I love Spain. What treasures you received ... in cookbooks and people! :D :D Happy New Year!

Pondside said...

A new cookbook is such a treat -especially when it is a gift. Do you think that morcilla might be what we called Blood Pudding or Boudin in eastern Canada?

NanaDiana said...

We had a German neighbor that used to make Blood Pudding...I could never quite bring myself to try it.

I love the Spanish culture. We had a student that came and stayed with us from Barcelona,Spain...and she is still in contact with the kids through FaceBook.

The books are beautiful- xxoo Diana

Mildred said...

What a wonderful opportunity for each of you to learn from one another. The books are gorgeous and will be a reminder of your dear guest for many years to come. Beautiful photo of the group.

GrandmaK said...

Indeed, what a wonderful opportunity to share with one another!!! Happy New Year! Cathy

crochet lady said...

New friends in a new year...how nice.

Cookbooks were certainly a thoughtful gift for you, as you seem to really enjoy cooking.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I have very fond memories of Spain as it was my very first trip abroad as a college student and I have wonderful memories of Paella! Looking forward to some wonderful Spanish recipes from those cookbooks :)

Ann said...

those roasted vegetables look delicious but I think I would pass on the Octopus...lol
How nice that you got to meet Aldara's boyfriend and be part of his first visit to the states.

BunnyKissd said...

Oh yumyumyum! Delightful mosaic!

Beth said...

I love the tapas cookbook. Those recipes look great!

Susan said...

Wow, LDH, I imagine you will be experimenting with some Spanish dishes. Que bueno! Be sure to share! Susan

moreofhim said...

How fun to learn new things from different cultures! The foods look very fresh and healthy. Yum!

Thank you for coming by my blog! I've enjoyed your blog so much and look forward to coming by to read your latest! :)

God bless you - Julie

hip-chick said...

That cook book looks like it has some great recipes in it. When we were in London last year we had Tapas and a glass of wine very often.

Valerie said...

Before our children came along - Larry and I used to host International Students from the local university for the holidays. I learned about so many different cultures and foods and made so many new acquaintances!

One young man from Surinam treated us to his favorite potato salad. It was pink - from the beet juice he added! He also soaked the hard boiled eggs too - so that they were pink. I smile at the memory!

Have a happy day!

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
(fun foods for little eaters

Kristen said...

How nice for you to get to know another cuisine! Good for you!! Wishing you a wonderful 2011!

Corners of My Life said...

Escalivada I would love to try.
Octopus - not so much . . .

Life In a Little House said...

Looks like a lovely time getting to know some new people and enjoying learning about another country! Enjoy your new books ~I love trying out new foods!! ~Love Heather

Sue said...

What a wonderful way to begin a new year, New friend and that cookbook is a treasure. as well as the Our Treasures book.What blessings.
Hugs,
Sue

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

We used to have some friends from Ghana that purchased a blood pudding similar to the one you describe. It was delicious and spicy. Haven't had it in years.

Cida Jacob said...

Amei sua visita e quero receber muitas visitas,pois ja sou sua seguidora,temos gostos parecidos tambem tenho uma dog poodle ,tenho 3 netinhas,2 filhos casados,eu e o marido curtimos casa,netos , dogs familia e gosto de culinaria e trabalhos manuais. Que pena que nao sei falar ingles,mas vou no tradutor da google,rsrsrs sua familia e linda e vc tambem e linda . beijos

flutietootie said...

Nice shots of the food. I bet they will taste amazing when you make them.

Vivienne said...

ive not come across a cookbook in 4 diff languages before! haha
thanks for sharing about this...ive been to spain before but haven't tried/heard of morcilla...although there is a very similar dish in taiwan thats made with similar ingredients..and the pig blood rice is dipped in some hot sauce and crushed peanuts haha. weird but yummy!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely way to start the New year. New friends and a wonderful new cookbook. Enjoy! Happy New Years.

Mary said...

How wonderful to see old and new friends, and share your cultures! Thanks for sharing it all at MM. Hope your new year is blessed! :)

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

What interesting foods! Wish I could try some of them. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Tara said...

WOW! How cool to learn about Spain and from an official person straight from there!
Some of that looks yummy.
hugs,
tara

Table Talk said...

A cookbook continues to be one of my favorite gifts to give and receive at Christmas time. I would love to get lost in the tapas book for a while~looks great!

Lisa RedWillow said...

How wonderful to have a visitor from Spain and to learn so much . I cant wait to see what you post . I was into your blog looking at recipes for my New Years Eve party.
Thanks again. I love your blog.

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