The lengthy Islamic reign over the Iberian peninsula left an indelible cultural mark on modern day Spain, particularly in Andalusia, and one of the biggest influences was without doubt on the cuisine.
Spain’s famous extra virgin Olive Oil has been much written about. But the gastronomic charms of its unique Sherry Vinegar are not as widely known – at least not beyond the gourmet’s kitchen.
Tapas is a street food culture that is more a style of eating than a way of cooking. The Spanish like nothing more than catching up with friends whilst hopping from one bar to the next for a drink and a tapa.
There’s something hugely satisfying about foraging for food – no doubt it appeals to the genetic trace of our hunter-gatherer past – however most people are unaware of the abundance of wild food growing all around them.
With over 100 cheeses, more than 20 with DOP status – meaning they are classed as the country’s highest quality produce – Spain has many cheeses that more than deserve their place at the table alongside Manchego.