Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our last day in Spain was spent shopping for Joselito ham, saffron and Spanish bottarga



Today was our last full day in Spain, living a Travelife.

Actually, only three of us were left since yesterday, as the others flew out of Spain already.

So we hied off to a very nice resort hotel not too far from Barcelona to chill out for two days.

GOING SEPARATE WAYS



Tomorrow, I am going to be by myself for most of the day, as my two other friends are taking a very early flight to Italy.

But I am taking the evening flight back to Asia, as I need to get home and start packing for an epic trip to Tanzania in less than three weeks.

STOCKING UP ON SPANISH GOODIES
INCLUDING JOSELITO HAM AND JABUGO HAM


This morning S and I did the rounds of the supermarkets and delicatessens to stash up on Spanish goodies that are so hard to get back home.

I bought Joselito ham and Bellota ham.

The former is the very best ham you can buy in Spain, while the latter is sometimes called Jabugo when it comes from a specific district.

Jabugo ham is excellent as well, and easier to find in high-end restaurants and delis.



THE SPANISH VERSION OF BOTTARGA

I also stocked up on very good saffron and the Spanish version of bottarga, which is dried fish roe.

The Italians shred bottarga on pasta, while the Spanish slice it and have it as an appetizer with white wine.

I like to do both, so I picked up enough to serve at several dinner parties.



INSPIRATION FROM A COOKING CLASS



Last Sunday, you see, in Barcelona living a Travelife, I took a private cooking lesson with a Catalan chef, and we made a full-course Spanish meal, including a very delicious paella, Catalan style.

Paella from Valenica, which is supposed to be its sprirtual home, is made with chicken and rabbit, and no seafood.

Meanwhile, paella from Barcelona mixes seafood and meat with no apologies.



This was really so enjoyable, and it inspired me to cook a proper Spanish dinner for friends when I get back home sometime,.

In between my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife, of course.


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