Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)

Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)
Much has been written about cured Spanish hams (Jamón Ibérico), but the Spanish pork belly just doesn’t get enough print in my humble opinion. There are four things you should know about the Spanish pigs that make them very different from the pigs in the United States – hence the pork is different. The pata … Continue reading Spanish Pata Negra Pigs and Their Bellies (yum, yum)

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola
There are several tapas that are the bread and butter of Spain.  The Spanish Tortilla is one of them.  Really, who can argue with potatoes, eggs and onions?  The Tortilla Espanola is a fabulous appetizer.  Rebecca Brand was kind enough to feature our Tierra Collection of terracotta pottery in a recent recipe video she made.  Please … Continue reading Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola

Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.
There is a raging battle going on in Andalusia, Spain. The olive mills are fighting for awards at international fairs and everybody is going for SPECTACULAR!  The Olive Oil Times, a very good source for industry information, lists many articles about competitions and awards, and which bottles were selected at the most recent contest. But with … Continue reading Battle to be the “World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – and why this is misleading.

The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)

The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)
Springtime in Sevilla is my favorite time of year. The air is filled with the fragrance of orange blossoms and a cool, moist, stone smell that means the spring sun is baking dry the cobblestone streets and old stone buildings. It is always an exciting time of year because the city fills with people for… Continue reading The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles
Ever wondered how Spanish artisans hand paint tile? I did. When I first arrived to Spain in 2009, I was in awe each time I entered a restaurant and saw the walls and murals. Spanish tile has an artisan look and feel to it, very different from the States, where most all the tile is… Continue reading The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles