Author name: Toya de la Guardia

Soy española, algo que sin elegirlo me parece un privilegio, aunque por educación y por mis vivencias diría que "Ciudadana del Mundo"

EASTER IN SPAIN – ART, FAITH AND PASSION?

When we talk about Easter in Spain, we immediately think about the sound of drums and trumpets together with a figure of the Passion of Christ, surrounded by candles and adorned with thousands of flowers. But not everything in these holy days is processions, floats and “costaleros” (those carrying the floats). There is much more tradition, culture and history behind these festivals.

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

This story explores issues such as displacement, searching, the clash of culinary passions and respect for cultural diversity, all set on French soil. Whilst they are travelling through Europe looking for their ideal place, there are charming scenes and phrases which explain very well the cultural differences which they face, such as that used by the father and leader of the Kadam family who when searching for the vegetables that they used to buy in Bombay declares….” Vegetables in England have no soul, they have no life!”

THE ART OF SEASONING

Spices favour digestion enhance the taste of food and add a different touch to ordinary dishes. Just a pinch of these “magic powders and herbs” and our table is transformed into a magic carpet that transports us to distant horizons. But beyond the sensory pleasures, it is their nutritional and medicinal contribution that is so important for human beings.

SINCE WHEN HAS TURKEY FORMED PART OF THE CHRISTMAS MENU IN SPAIN?

It’s December and Christmas is just around the corner. The shopping begins and the gatherings of friends, of family and the eternal question for those hosting a family Christmas at home. What shall I cook for Christmas? Thinking and thinking the famous Christmas turkey popped into my head which led me to the question: Since when has turkey been a Christmas dish in Spain?

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