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COUNTRY FLAVOURS
HISTORY & INFLUENCES
ICONIC DISHES
Spiceology

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Country flavours

A stroll through the streets of any town in Spain is perfumed by the aromas of garlic, saffron, and paprika. These three essential ingredients form the basis of so many famed Spanish dishes and point to what this cuisine is all about – bold, bright flavour and rich, vibrant colour. Much like the Greeks, olive oil is everything to the Spanish and no dish can be cooked without it. Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world.  Spanish food is all about sharing and plenty of small bites to have with glasses of local wine and icy-cold sangria. […]

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History & influences

The first recorded Spanish recipes date back to the fourteenth century, where food was greatly influenced by the Moors, Arabs, Sephardic Jews, French and Italians. As a gateway between Africa, Europe, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has been fought over throughout history. Between the Greeks, Celts, Romans and Moors, Spain has been occupied under many differing reigns. However, the benefits are the abundance of produce these cultures brought to this corner of Europe. Olives, olive oil, and wine are said to have been introduced by the Romans and Greeks, whilst meat, fish and pies were seen as delicacies by the Celts, and the use of honey, almonds, citrus fruits and spices such as cumin and saffron were brought in by Moorish influence. […]

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Iconic dishes

Spanish food is big, bold, and made to be shared. From the iconic spiced Paella, with thousands of different versions ladened with everything fresh seafood on the coast, to chickpeas in central Spain, every household has its own secret recipe.  To the delicious yet straightforward potato tortilla and plates of tapas served with loads of crusty bread, Spanish food is all about enjoying with friends and family over glasses of sangria. Fluffy, hot churros dipped in hot chocolate, or creamy rice pudding is the perfect finisher to any meal, quite often late into the night.

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Spiceology

Spain’s Mediterranean climate and sweeping terrain have made it an ideal spot for spice growing and production. Common spice and herb varieties found and used throughout Spain include paprika, saffron, bay leaves, parsley, and chillies. Paprika, called Pimenton in Spain, is referred to as ‘red gold’ and is one of the most used and cherished spices. […]

Paprika, called Pimenton in Spain, is referred to as ‘red gold’ and is one of the most used and cherished spices. […]

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