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  1. Top 10 tastes of Spain

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    Various people had told us the food wasn’t good in Spain.  Even the Spanish food writer and historian Clara Maria Amezua, who we’d first met at a conference in Greece in May, lamented the decline of Spain’s gastronomy.  She attributes this to Fernando and Isabella’s (los Reyes Catolicos) expulsion of the Moors and Jews at […]

  2. Tapas, but not as we know it

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    I have to say that we did have some pretty awful tapas in Spain: Dry jamón on dry bread, soggy patatas bravas, bland tortilla wedges, shrimps with supermarket mayo and so on.  But this was our fault for eating in the wrong places (not that anywhere should really be serving up such atrocities).  When the […]

  3. Burnt spirits

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    With all that Galician octopus and turnip tops inside you, you need a good digestif to finish the meal.  And Galicia has one of the best you can find – queimada – a sweet and firey conconction which you brew at the table in a special three-legged earthenware bowl, huddled like witches round a cauldron. […]

  4. ¡Croquetas!

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    They’re hot, crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside and small enough to pop in the mouth again and again.  Who doesn’t like croquetas!? Soon realising croquetas were going to be our favourite Spanish snack – perfect any time of day with a nice glass of beer or table wine – we set about […]

  5. Kebabs we have known and loved

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    It would be a gross misrepresentation to suggest that Turkish food is all about kebabs.  It really isn’t.  Sure, they’re famous – ask the average man in the UK street to name a Turkish dish, and he’ll probably tell you about döner kebabs.  (Fair enough – nothing else tastes quite so good when all the […]

  6. Ten Turkish tastes

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    It’s ridiculous to try to sum up Turkish cuisine in 10 flavours.  Turkish cuisine is hugely rich and infinitely varied, not least because a) Turkey’s absolutely enormous – have you looked at a map recently? – comprising three different coastlines, high snowy mountains, very hot, dry plains and lush wooded hillsides, among other things, and […]

  7. Flipping gözleme! Hatice’s last tandır session

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    It wasn’t until afterwards, when we persuaded Gülcan to translate some of the preceding fast and furious conversation, that we realised just how colourful it had been.  An elderly neighbour had come round to lead us in our gözleme-cooking session over the tandır, and, it turned out, she’d spent the entire time hurling insults of […]

  8. Flipping gözleme! Hatice’s last tandır session

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    It wasn’t until afterwards, when we persuaded Gülcan to translate some of the preceding fast and furious conversation, that we realised just how colourful it had been.  An elderly neighbour had come round to lead us in our gözleme-cooking session over the tandır, and, it turned out, she’d spent the entire time hurling insults of […]