Valencian Vacation Exquisite Cuisine…

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Edible Highlights of my Recent Trip to Oliva, Spain

As a rather grey gloom descends over my part of Hampshire recalling my recent trip to Spain brings back wonderful feelings but also a little sadness that it is over! The food was fabulous and we met so many wonderful restauranteurs and waiters. The people of Oliva are serenely calm folk and their way of life is incredibly enviable. It was so cheap too.

I could not believe it. A beer and a tapa of jamon and bread with olive oil for example was a crazy 1 euro 50….

IMG_4525 This jamon was actually from Aragon – I bought 100gm straight afterwards for just 3 euros…mmmmm….!!!

The fish was delectable and we ate a lot. Anyway, here is a montage of shots of food and life where we stayed.

IMG_4466 First day shopping at the local supermarket -Mercadona – I could live in this shop!! –  5 -yes, 5 ladies on the fish counter alone! Our local supermarket here struggles to provide one! And this is about 4 times the size of my local fish counter – and we are an island!!

And so much choice it took my breath away…

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IMG_4524 Locally caught caracolas…

 

and squid a plenty…

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IMG_4522  And this was the indoor market – air conditioned and packed with amazing meat, fish and veg stalls as well as 2 great tapas bars.

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Click on the next picture to get the full panorama of this haven….

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IMG_4490 A medley of fish for supper one evening including beautiful boquerones…

And then a little more! …swordfish with pan fried octopus…stunning…

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IMG_4563  Sardines….

and succulent chipirones  IMG_4586

IMG_4460 Squid a la plancha….

A real favourite of mine was the exquisite empanadas in the tapas bars…one here is filled with morcilla and the other with spinach and tomato. IMG_4580

IMG_4531  I came across this too – never had it before – a mix of chorizo and morcilla – rich and succulent and a perfect accompaniment to a cold beer!

IMG_4533  My kids loved me making patatas braves for lunch by the pool…with a variety of meats cooked a la plancha….

IMG_4532.…and we all adore the pimentos padrón.

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Refreshing desserts too….

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All washed down with a variety of beverages from ice cold rosé…to cava…to one of my favourite beers…Estrella from Barcelona…as well as mojitos, martinis and dessert wines!

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And as well as all the fabulous array of food…I will miss my pool!

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And I bet you are thinking ..why has he not mentioned anything about the classic

Valencian paella??

Well, I had an amazing one at a truly wonderful restaurant called Ca Fran…but that meal and restaurant deserves a post of its own…so hang fire…it is on its way!

Hasta pronto!

Valencia bound

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From Alfredo’s With Love On Summer Break!

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The time is almost here – tomorrow I will be off to a villa just south of Valencia near Oliva, not far from the Costa Azahar…I cannot wait. Peace and quiet amongst the orange and lemon groves. Heaven! The weather here has been great this week in Hampshire with highs of 30 degrees and we have also been graced by a couple of seriously spectacular electrical storms the last two nights.

Weather in Valencia region looking v promising too…

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Food this week has been barbecues and paellas and cold spreads, home made pestos and salads.

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This morning I got in the desayuno mood with scrambled eggs topped with several slices of lightly pan fried jamon serrano. Working on my Spanish too with a fab app called…wait for it…Cat Spanish – it is very good and highly recommended!

I will, I assure you, be taking lots of food photos whilst away and will post on my return plus any new recipe ideas.

I hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing time wherever you are this summer, surrounded by friends, family, good food and wine!

 

Hasta luego!