Put that down, you don’t know where it’s been!

With one of my bread and butter ‘paid jobs’ I’ve been writing about local food in Spain. A tasty trip around the country if you like, showcasing the real, local food and where to get it fresh. The links for the Spain Holiday posts are at the bottom of this post if you’d like to read them.Image

Happy at home

Hmmmm…..Got me thinking. I’ve always been amazed at the way they just seem to be happy here, in our little village, with the ‘in season’ produce available.  If it’s habas or habituelas, tomatoes or even vino tinto, whatever there is a glut of, the villagers – as we do –  just make the most of it.

Rather than be overwhelmed by a glut of something, the ‘upcycled’ jars are put to good use, and a stock of the same is laid down for leaner months.

You might think nothing of buying a punnet of tomatoes at Christmas, but a Spanish household will have jars of them instead, preserved while at their freshest…and probably tasting a lot better than your variety – still Spanish I dare say but probably grown under plastic on the Almeria coastline, not good.

Perfectly shaped too, nipped and tucked, rather than the carbuncle-like scarred and lumpy shapes that we are used to here.

And local produce here is so revered, they’re really proud of what they have, where it comes from, not least how to prepare it. Don’t dare to be the one to change it!

Eating as a family, revered meal times, long lunches, alcohol that always includes a bite to eat. Holidays that revolve around food. Customs too. Here in the Alpujarras, the Matanza that is outlawed by health and safety carries on regardless…bloody, gory, but hey, when it comes to eating the produce we know there’s not a sniff of horse in it. 😉Image

So, is it wrong to stick to the devil you know?

Should there be more choice here or would it dilute the culture and water it down too much?

Like the English language, watered down in the UK to an unintelligible lack of syllables and increased text drivel, in the same way, would the customary foods and cooking methods be lost in a sea of takeaway over traditional?

Would you like to see a Balti house or a Wok Buffet on every corner or are things just as good as they are?


More reading as mentioned earlier in this post:

Blog 1 –  Andalucía

Blog 2 – Galicia

Blog 3 – Valencia

Blog 4 – Basque country


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carole Roberts
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 09:34:19

    There’s nothing like home grown! Take aways? Not I. My back garden!


  2. Elle Draper
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 09:43:30

    Ah yes… the Metanza. Not long now!
    I’m all for fresh produce, preserving at home, and knowing where my ingredients have come from… whereas Alan would happily “dine” on McDonald’s 5 nights a week. Good job we don’t have one within an hour’s drive then!


  3. Carol Byrne
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 09:54:29

    True, less miles make tastier meals…


  4. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1)
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 11:18:09

    Great post, Carol – I love eating seasonally – I love getting excited about the next fruit/veg that’s coming into season, gorging myself silly when it’s available and learning how to preserve it to enjoy it when it’s out of season. Long may it continue!


  5. Carol Byrne
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 11:22:14

    Thanks Sue, yes I know you do, still enjoying your lovely seasonal jam here – took me longer to get the lids off!


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