The Traditional Bodega was Something Different in Spain before “the Wine Tour”.

Not far from  the inland town of Utiel, in Valencia, there is a large  basin for treading grapes which has a canal connecting it to  a holding tank.  Oooh! Wow!  So? Well, the interesting thing about this ‘production unit’ is … Continue reading

Visiting “El Pueblo”: A Very Spanish Experience

I first visited Cehegin in the northwest of Murcia some thirty years ago and was amazed to discover that it is situated in the midst of lofty pine forested mountains. Like most people I associated Murcia with a touristy coastline and flat sunbaked agricultural land that yields endless lorries of fresh produce year round. So it was surprising to see not only high mountains but snow which for some reason I did not relate to this part of Spain. And little did I know that my family and I were to visit this town for the next 30 years at least a couple times a year. Continue reading

Pascua or Semana Santa? (Easter or Holy Week?): A Spanish Fiesta of contrasts.

It is a fact that all the  great Anglo-Saxon writers  who have written about Spain whether it be Gerald Brenan, Laurie Lee,George Orwell, Jan Morris or VS Pritchett all found Spain a land of contrasts. And who I am to … Continue reading

The Hitch Hikers Guide to Spanish Gastronomy in Black and White.

If you ask most people what was their first holiday to Spain like most would say they spent all the time sunbathing next to the hotel pool or frying themselves lobster red on the safe, sandy beaches in reach of … Continue reading

Paella:The Valencian Enigma

A seemingly straight forward  recipe and  Spain’s best known gastronomic dish is curiously misunderstood by  a lot of  foreigners and some Spaniards. Of course, Paella and sangria on the beach are  all on a tourists’  “must do” list which gives  … Continue reading

My Spanish Mother-in-Law should be a Celebrity Chef

Long before I met my mother-in-law I was eating her cooking which came on a daily basis via various containers to my house. It’s a long story as to why this was so but the  bizarre thing  was that I … Continue reading