Lomo de cerdo con castanas from The Spanishwoman’s Kitchen by Pepita Aris

So this is definitely one of those cook books that I have read a lot from but pretty much never cooked any recipe from and looking through this recipe I probably have a good idea why that is the case.

Its an older style cook book and that’s not just from the fairly sexist title, what Spanish Men don’t cook or have kitchen’s!!! It was published in 1999 and while its a much more visually appealing cook book (i.e. it looks good on the shelf and would sell well) than some of the traditional all text ones of the 60’s and 70’s it has one striking feature. None of the pictures in it are of any of the recipes listed. Its all locations and scenery around Spain. So while its a great travelogue and sets the scene for the evocative food it describes it doesn’t really give you any visual clues. Am pretty sure I purchased it after Carrie and I traveled through Spain in 2000 and came home looking for ideas to recapture the experience.

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Prepping for next few cooks

So have been away the last few weeks so no updates but a bunch of recipes starting to stack up. Worked on getting Facebook and the Blog linked so hopefully all works, this post is a bit of a test.

Went out shopping today to get some of the foundations and items to get kicked off again. Who can guess from these photos whats coming up???? Or even better what cuts of meat are these????





Boneless Pork Chops with Honey Gremolata from Seven Fires by Francis Mallmann

So the cover picture for those astute readers is not of Boneless Pork Chops with Honey Gremolata. But it is the Chapa which is one of the seven fires that Francis Mallmann talks about in his superb book Seven Fires – Grilling the Argentine Way. If you are a lover of food cooked over fire this is a must have book. Francis evocatively describes how cooking with wood is a constant learning curve. I wont try myself but will leave it to the man himself to describe.

“Cooking with wood fire is like going on a first date. It is something that you look forward to with great anticipation and a little anxiety. You can never know exactly what the conditions will be………every time you cook over wood outdoors, you are starting fresh in a strange kitchen.”

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