Olive oil

Olive oil, that most ancient and revered of foods, is experiencing some rocky times in the new world order. In recent weeks the world price for olive oil has sunk to a 10-year low, further deflating prospects for farmers in the (already indebted) historic producer countries of Spain, Italy and Greece.     While Spain…

Tarta de Santiago – almond cake

Santiago de Compostela in Spain’s Galicia region: the medieval town hums with reverential visitors, some of whom have walked hundreds of kilometres on the ancient pilgrim routes to view the tomb of Saint James, whose relics are said to be held here.     The patisserie to try, on view in the windows of the…

Spanish ham

August in Spain is carnival time. In Pontevedra, Galicia, the long central piazza of the elegant medieval city becomes a fairground, occupied by theme park rides, the unbounded energy of children and stalls of gaudy trinkets that are part and parcel of family entertainment anywhere. There is also pleasure for the adults, and being Spain,…

Pulpo a Feira

Pulpo a Feira is one of Spain’s best-loved tapas dishes – a very simple plate of tender octopus slices served with chunks of potato, salt, smoked paprika and olive oil. It hails from Galicia, Spain’s verdant north-western corner that is quite unlike the familiar image of the country. Summer in Galicia is interspersed with Atlantic…