Recipes

Recipes

London-based restaurateur Jose Pizarro takes us through his favourite dishes from the region. Originally from Extremadura, the region just to the north-west of Andalucia, Jose Pizarro is a restaurateur with three restaurants in south-east London and the City, and a pub in Surrey. He has already published books on Basque Country and Catalan cuisine, and in this volume we get the full gamut of Andalucian cooking, with its extraordinary range of local ingredients thanks to the fertile soil and bountiful seas.

Roscos Navideños are an exclusive Andalusian specialty that is relished in homes across southern Spain during the Christmas season. You would be hard pressed to come by a recipe for this genuine delicacy. But never fear, our secret agents have convinced an Andalucia.com relative to smuggle this authentic, generations-old document out of the family kitchen and into our studios.

Traditional Spanish Christmas pastries (of the non-"turrón" type) add a special touch to the holidays with their own distinct flavours - and textures! Here is a look at some of the most popular specialities. Once upon a time they were only available in December and January, but that is changing. Nevertheless, it's only during the holiday season that you'll see them in such large amounts. In fact, in most supermarkets you can even buy them in bulk.

In Andalusia, as in the rest of Spain, the feast of Christmas dinner takes place late on the night of Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) and normally goes on into the small hours of Christmas Day. Traditionally, the exchanging of presents is not until the 6th of January, on King's Day (Reyes) and so full attention is given to the cooking of an extravagant meal on the night of the 24th.

This traditional Christmas candy is becoming more common throughout the year as supermarkets offer it as a standard product. However, it is still associated with the Christmas season where it is served after meals on a platter full of all kinds of Christmas sweets, nuts and dried fruits.

The use of almonds in local cuisine is a centuries old custom in Andalucia. Almonds are easily available in supermarkets throughout the region, but you might also enjoy shopping for them at local farmers markets where you can buy them either fresh off the tree or roasted.

Andalucian cuisine is generally simple and tasty. In this section you'll find recipes that bring the flavours of this region to your kitchen no matter where you are in the world.

Andalucia's gastronomy is finally starting to get the adulation it deserves. Of course, those who are familiar with its outstanding piggy, fishy and veggie dishes will already have their own preferred delicacies. Here we offer a geo-mapped list compiled from your suggestions.

Take a cook's tour through the culinary regions of Spain. Savour slow-simmered stews, delicately spiced sauces, honeyed sweets. Learn how to make an authentic paella. Put together a menu for a tapas party.

Here are recipes for Spain's most famous dishes as well as many more of the world's most interesting preparations for seafood, meat, vegetables and puddings.

In Janet Mendel's exciting and visually striking new treatment of a familiar Spanish subject the reader is irresistibly drawn into the tapas experience. The author takes a tapas tour of Spain, informs the reader how to enjoy tapas in the tascas and tabernas and shows how to translate those great dishes to one's own kitchen.