CATALAN COOKING

CATALAN COOKING
The first known manuscript of Catalan cooking in the Catalan language, is believed to have been written in 1314 by an anonymous author, and was titled El Llibre de Sent Soví. This manuscript, of which two originals are still conserved, contains some 220 recipes of Catalan cooking. At this time, there were still no foods ...

PAELLA COOKING CLASS RECIPE

PAELLA COOKING CLASS RECIPE
  For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to come to Catacurian and learn first hand how this Paella is made, then here is the recipe. The Paella Mixta (Seafood and Meat Paella)  is of course just one of many rice dishes that are typical in Catalonia and Valencia. It is probably the ...

COOKING VACATIONS

COOKING VACATIONS
  Today, many people travel to foreign countries in search of a closer approach to other customs, and a deeper interest in the local culture. They want to discover things they may not necessarily find in museums, and certainly not on beaches, discotheques and souvenir stores. One path into the particularities of a certain locality, ...

BARCELONA DAY TRIPS

BARCELONA DAY TRIPS
  Barcelona Day Trip to the Priorat: Take a day off from the city and join us in the beautiful and unspoiled region of El Priorat for a full wine tour and wine tasting at a world class Priorat winery, then indulge in a full hands-on Catalan/Spanish cooking class where we will teach you the ...

COOKING CLASS TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA

COOKING CLASS TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA
  To make a 4 person tortilla, you will need two frying pans, one of 30cm (12 in.) diameter which is used to fry the ingredients, and the other of 20cm (8 in.) diameter to make the actual tortilla. It is highly recommended that you use a non-stick pan, so as not to burn the ...

Tortilla Española

Tortilla Española
  The Tortilla Española, also know as Tortilla de Patata, or Truita de Patates in Catalan, is probably the most common form of Tapa found throughout Spain.  There isn’t a bar or café that you could go into and not find a portion displayed behind the counter.  As with everything, there are of course good ...

OLIVE HARVEST AND NEW EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

OLIVE HARVEST AND NEW EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  Olive oil, fresh, fruity, and Extra Virgin is now flowing from the local press. The weather this year has been different, and the olive harvest started in mid-November, as a late grape harvest was still in full swing! Now, during cold mid-December, tractors are seen driving to and from the fields, people wrapped in ...

COOKING CLASS RICE: MOLÍ CAN RAFALET, ARTISANAL RICE PRODUCER

COOKING CLASS RICE: MOLÍ CAN RAFALET, ARTISANAL RICE PRODUCER
The rice we use at Catacurian comes exclusively from the Molí Can Rafalet producer, located in the Ebro River Delta, just South of Tarragona, and so only a 50 minute drive from here. They are a century old, third generation artisanal rice producer, and they have been declared a “Rice Museum” by the Catalan government. ...

CATALAN COOKING RECIPE: GARUM

CATALAN COOKING RECIPE: GARUM
  “A small tribute to Josep Mercader”  Today, I would like to give a small tribute to Josep Mercader, chef of chefs, father of modern Catalan cooking. He is the one who, inspired by French “Nouvelle Cuisine”, recuperated traditional Catalan cooking, and adapted it to modern times. He was born in Cadaqués (Costa Brava) in ...

COOKING CLASS RECIPE OF FAVES A LA CATALANA

COOKING CLASS RECIPE OF FAVES A LA CATALANA
  This is one of the easiest recipes to prepare and at the same time, it is delicious. We are in February/March, full winter, and the season for Broad Beans, Young Garlic, Spring Onions, Fennel Bulbs and Artichokes. Here, I leave you a recipe with true Catalan identity, also called “Faves Ofegades”, since they will ...

“LA MASROJANA” OLIVES

  Just up the street from us, is a small family run business with BIG acceptance…..they are “La Masrojana”, the producers of the fine and delicious Arbequina olives and olive pâté you may all have enjoyed during your stay with us at Catacurian. It is amazing that such a small company in such a small ...

CREMA DE SANT JOSEP-CREMA CATALANA

CREMA DE SANT JOSEP-CREMA CATALANA
  Traditionally, in Catalonia, the “Crema de Sant Josep”, otherwise known as Crema Catalana, is eaten on March 19, which is the day of Sant Josep (St. Joseph’s day), but being such a delicious dessert, it is now served all year round. It is also now presented in individual small round terracotta dishes, a movement ...

CATALAN SURF ‘N TURF: CATXOFLINO

CATALAN SURF 'N TURF: CATXOFLINO
Catxoflino (pronounced “catchooflinoo”) is a dish that originates from Palafrugell which is located in the Ampurdá, one of the regions of Girona (NE of Catalonia). I would define it as the essence of the Ampurdá in one plate. A true Surf&Turf, blend of delicious Norway Lobster, pork meatballs, cuttlefish, mussels…..it varies in different ways according ...

LOBSTER PAELLA (ARRÒS CALDÒS DE LLAMANTOL)

LOBSTER PAELLA (ARRÒS CALDÒS DE LLAMANTOL)
The European, or Common Lobster (Homarus Gammarus) is a very prized crustacean among Spaniards, and is a very close relative to the American Lobster (Homarus Americanus), and can measure up to 2 feet (60cm). Thanks to its large claws and its tasty carapace, it offers many really exquisite culinary possibilities. It is less common than ...

COOKING CLASSES FOR CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN

COOKING CLASSES FOR CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN
  Why not do something different this year by joining us for 6 days of cooking, winery visits, cultural excursions, olive oil tasting, all in the very comfortable private accommodations of our Boutique Cooking Hotel, here in the town of El Masroig, in the Priorat region, near Barcelona, Spain. Each day will include one or ...

MUSSELS WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC

MUSSELS WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC
MUSCLOS AMB ROMANÍ (MUSSELS WITH ROSEMARY)  Here is a new recipe for you: My recipe of mussels with rosemary. My favorite mussels are those from the Ebro Delta (this is nearby, just South of Tarragona, where the Ebro river flows out into the Mediterranean), as these are famous for their great qualities: medium size, firm, ...

VIDEO OF OUR COOKING CLASS VACATIONS IN ACTION

VIDEO OF OUR COOKING CLASS VACATIONS IN ACTION

The Mediterranean Diet and how it Diminishes the Risk of Heart Disease

The Mediterranean Diet and how it Diminishes the Risk of Heart Disease
The Mediterranean diet, and how it diminishes the risk of heart attacks. Another good reason to come and learn how to cook the right type of food at Catacurian! Fresh fish, some meat, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh fruit, beans and nuts….these are the main ingredients in most Mediterranean countries, and of course ...

The Identity of Catalan Cuisine

The Identity of Catalan Cuisine
  THE IDENTITY OF CATALAN CUISINE. DIFFERENCES AND SINGULARITIES  This article is part of a whole series of interesting writings regarding Catalan gastronomical culture, which appear on the Generalitat’s (Catalan Government) Cultural website, and are posted in English HERE!! : “ 11th Century AC – 21th Century AC Language delimits the domain of Catalan cuisine, ...
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