Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Musuem, the Perfect Anchovy

Like the movie “The Perfect Storm” but with a gastronomic twist, thanks to the ambition of one person, something simple has been amplified to something much more.  Javier Cruz has selected personally the prime material of anchovies in Cantabria, specifically Santoña.  The process has been developed with the business, Coronil.  But, it could not be any more Andalusian.  They clean with great care each loin, and conserve it in salt until the optimal point of consumption.  If you appreciate the excellence of anchovies, your jaws will drop with these.  Imagine: each fillet, delicate and clean, ready to take those who taste it to heaven.  Worthy of a museum. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Santo-EME, Abantal, and Primavera-Ser, Stars of Sevilla

Salomón Hachuel is featured in a photoshoot for the magazine, Primavera Ser (of the radio station, Cadena Ser), that is distributed throughout Sevilla at the start of Semana Santa (Holy Week).  I want to show a bit of what is in the magazine: of the work of the restaurants that have earned the regards of the Michelin Guide.  My photos are featured in the round-up article, a great honor.  Balta and Julio prepared for the magazine two plates reminiscent of Sevilla, like the smell of the orange trees in the streets.  The plate prepared by Santo EME is “Milkshake, Orange Marmalade of Sevilla, honey ice cream with jasmine and a touch of lemon-lime.”  Julio plays with chocolate and orange in his “Carpaccio of strawberries with a gelatin of lemon blossom and chocolate of bitter orange.”  The pictures of each are presented above.  The color and construction of each one gives us an idea of why they are premier professionals with the highest knowledge of their craft.  I want to send thanks to Salomón Hachuel, to Cadena Ser, to Sonsoles Ferrín and José Vicente Dorado of the program “Ser Viajeros.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kulit Manis: The Taste of Terengganu’s Heritage

At last I can speak of this phenomenal book.  It was the winner of the Gourmand awards in the category of local restaurant, in competition with my book.  May Chua was the designer who in a span of three years coordinated the project and gave me a fantastic edition.  The Rosita family, the cooks who inspired this grand anthropological study, has to be more than proud of the result.  It is a work of art that connects customs, kitchen equipment, drawings, and last but not least, recipes.  Infinite recipe suggestions with hundreds of ingredient combinations from the region of Malaysia.  I want to share in this blog this book.  If anyone wants to buy it, you can welcome to contact me through email, and I will pass your interest along.  It is wonderful, something you have to add to your collection.  And it is thanks to a creative team to presenting us to it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Chefs of Manolo Mayo

Ángeles and Loli are two professionals with drive and ambition, who have demonstrated that traditional Spanish cuisine can evolve with grace, realized with great technique.  As I have already said at various gastronomy conferences, these women enrich whatever they contemplate and learn whatever they find interesting.  This recipe, although old, should be tried because of the textures and tastes that mix together and surprise you. This recipe contains all ingredients from the land, none from the sea.  Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Foie, Cream.

A Tower of Mushrooms and Paté with Cheese

1 jar of sautéed mushrooms
1 Brie Cheese
1 Goat Cheese
1 tin of duck liver or pig liver paté  
Circular Mold
Sweet Smelling Wine
White Sherry

To begin, fry the mushrooms with half of the brie and half of the paté.  In the mold, put a slice of goat cheese, a slice of paté and fill the rest with the sautéed mushrooms.  Once the mold is full, cook it in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 180 degrees C, turning once. When we take it out of the oven, we put it on a plate and decorate it with a sauce.  To make the sauce we reduce the white wine with the sweet wine. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Sample Recipe from My Tapas Book

Here is a sample recipe from my book of tapas photography, which just earned third place at the international level in the category "Best Local Cuisine" at the 2010 Gourmound Cookbook Awards.

1 avocado cut into small cubes
1/2 onion cut into small cubes
1 hard-boiled egg
1/2 peeled tomato without seeds
1 bunch of cilantro, stems removed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Olive Oil

Accompanying dish:
1 Plantain
250 grams of precooked corn flour

To prepare the Guasacaca, we mix all of the ingredients together carefully and season them.

For the accompanying dish:
We peel the green plantain and cut it into slices of about 3 centimeters each.  To continue, we fry them in abundant olive oil and crush each slice with the help of a knife.  We continue to fry it and reserve it.

For the fritters ("arepitas"), we make dough with the corn flour mixed with lukewarm water and salt, and wait for it to rest.

With wet hands we form balls in the shape of thick coins and fry them in abundant olive oil.   

Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sevilla en Boca de Todos (Tapas Competition) - 3

We just enjoyed a wonderful tapas crawl on Saturday.  We started at Yerbabuena, located in the market of the street Feria.  “Tierra y mar” is the name given to a combination of offerings, appropriately, of the earth and the ocean.  Those who see the rustic tapa smile; it consists of a top-quality tomato with salt, a salted fillet of anchovy and a salt-cured slice of tuna, accompanied by a couple of almonds.  How curious it is that it is traditional to accompany “huevas de mújol” with almonds; the reason is that the nuts facilitated chewing.  At Al-Aljibe in la Alameda, a tapa was a combination of the best flavors.  It was an intense explosion, very delicious.  And to conclude at La Alameda, a big traditional café, Bobo offered us domed fillet of beef.  I had to eat it slowly to extract all of the flavors.  Visually this plate appeared to us very striking—more than other tapas we consumed.  Would like to hear what you think as well.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Egaña-Oriza, Tapas and Pinchos

After the sudden reemergence of Egaña-Oriza on the Sevilla scene, this restaurant, working hard to understand the culinary of the city, has captured two important elements: a fantastic tapas bar (which offers selections I describe), and San Sebastian-style pinchos.  The latter is the greatest gastronomic pleasure to come to Sevilla.  The concept of the pincho is something altogether different.  It is playful, traditional, and occupies its own space.  José Mari has entered the scene with a cookbook “Sevillaenboca.”  Scallops au gratin, with a creamy puree of potatoes, is accompanied by a delicious sauce made from shellfish and potatoes.  The other pictures consist of the classic “Chistorra” (Basque sausage), cooked to perfection by Manuel Bermejo, the wonderful chef of Fitero, and some his pinchos.  I think that of all the food here, I recommend a special stop at Egaña with a great glass of wine.