Chorizo is one of the Britain’s national staples – 42% of the UK population can’t live without Spain’s famous export – and there’s no mistaking the uniquely Spanish flavour that this spiced sausage lends a dish.
Many countries have been heavily influenced by the Arab conquests. Here, Sumaaya Jamil, compares how ingredients introduced by Arab invaders to both Spain and Pakistan are used in the cuisines from the two countries.
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.