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  1. Hi all: While eating in Spain, how do you differentiate between authentic angulas and imitation ones? I have had angulas at a Spanish restaurant in the U.S., but could not say whether they were authentic or not. I will be visiting Spain in September, and would like to ensure I can try some authentic angulas. Thanks, Richard
  2. I have just learned that Pti's blog is now in English and was interested that she was an expert in Creole food; so a question that has always interested me: why are the rhums from the French Departments (e.g. Guadeloupe & Martinique) aged and labelled 5, 10, etc years as is Cognac, Calvados, etc in the mother country but ron from ex-Spanish possessions (eg Cuba, Puerto Rico) has levels of quality but is not aged or labelled by years, whilst the mother country's Spanish Brandy is.
  3. How this place completely escaped my notice, even though I've been in its extended neighborhood for 16 years (since 1991), and even though it has been in business for 35 years (since 1972), I do not know. I actually had a close friend living on that block for many years, and I must have walked by the restaurant 300 times and never noticed it. I was invited to celebrate a friend's birthday there and, when I got the invitation, I was like "What the heck is this place?" Upon arrival, the first person I saw (totally unrelated to the party) was a friend from law school who lives in the East 60s. He was there with his wife and two-year-old girl. "Oh, we come hear like twice a week." Then we saw another couple we know, and they were like, "We used to come here all the time when we lived in the neighborhood; now we drive in from Westchester whenever we can." Now, don't get your hopes up. Malaga is not El Bulli. I'm sure nothing about the restaurant or the menu has changed much since 1972. The food is not fabulous. But it is quite satisfying. Wonderful homemade potato chips, addictive chorizo, shrimp covered in copious amounts of garlic sauce, mariscado (mixed seafood) with a green sauce (parsley, onions, Sherry and garlic) I wanted to put on everything else. The only really weak dish I tried was the paella, which was just not worthy (bland rice, no integration of flavors) -- though it perked up a bit with the addition of some green sauce from the mariscado. Portions are pretty big, and I would recommend treating it a bit like Chinese food and coordinating a whole-table order so you can mix and match from a few different dishes. We had to leave before dessert, but the desserts we saw looked mediocre. Malaga Restaurant 406 East 73rd Street (just East of First Avenue) New York, NY 10021 212.737.7659 http://www.malaganyc.com
  4. chappie

    Spanish mackerel

    The neighborhood seafood market is stocked with beautiful Spanish mackerel right now. I enjoyed Pacific mackerel pan-fried years ago, and believe I've had the Spanish mackerel in sushi. Does anyone have any recipes or methods to cook it? They're only $2 a pound, so I want to pounce while they're available.
  5. I did a search and could not find that a topic on malasada's had been started? ..of course if I am wrong please let me know and point me in the right direction. I have made them for years with good results my "recipe" (and I use that term loosely because I don't have one I just make up the dough to feel) includes AP flour, yeast, canned evap milk, sugar, salt, softented unsalted butter and a couple of eggs a very gentle kneading and a long rise then a fry in hot but not french fry hot oil about 300 degrees I am thinking until golden and they float on the top of the oil ..remove and toss in sugar (sometimes I use vanilla sugar) like I said I have made these for years with good results but they are more donutty than malasadaish (if those can be words) ...I would love them to be lighter ..fluffier and fantastic for this Sunday when I have to take them to work for my coworkers to judge (they are HARSH!!! and two of them are Portuguese!!!) the best malasada I have ever had was in Hawaii on the big Island at the Hilo farmers market a woman had made them then stuck two together with a good amt of butter spread in the middle then the whole thing was tossed in sugar ...it was melt in your mouth eggy buttery goodness ... suck your thumb twirl your hair good!!!! so please if you are good at making malasadas ..if you have a good recipe ..or if you just like talking about deep frying some soft dough to eat with sprinkled sugar all over them and you! ..(I think there was a thread about RI style doughboys at one point?) l would so appreciate it! thanks so much in advance
  6. Does anyone know where I might be able to find caraway seeds (alcaravea/carvi) in central Madrid? I have had a good look around in all the supermarkets and smaller food shops, but I just can't track any down. I thought about looking in an "ethnic" shop, but I can't think of any regions that traditionally use a lot of caraway, except maybe Poland(?), and I haven't found a Polish shop yet.
  7. So, as near as I can tell, chorizo is sometimes a salami-like sausage from Europe with a lot of paprika and a bit of a zing to it that happens to go really well with dried apples, and other times an incredibly spicy Mexican sausage, also with paprika that needs to be cooked but makes a mean taco. I have also been led to believe liguica (or linguica -- it seems to go both ways) is a milder version of chorico, but I'm hazy on what relationship, if any, chorico has with either chorizo. Is it more or less the same thing as the Mexican one?
  8. So i'm in barcelona and enjoying the food here quite a bit. One thing i have found a bit tough is how to ask the butchers for different cuts of beef or pork. I'm not good enough with the anotomy of the animal to figure out where to ask from so if there is an online source that translates the different names of cuts that would be great. thanks, Jonny
  9. Chef Andres, Your work in popularizing both avant garde and Spanish cuisine in the US has been exemplary. In that vein, which style of cooking is more "you," that of El Bulli/Minibar or the types of recipes included in your cookbook and at your other restaurants? Are they mutually exclusive in your mind?
  10. I just started going to the Hofmann culinary school in Barcelona and last week we did eggs. One of the ways we prepared the eggs was to basically poach them in hot oil, in other words, we deep-fried them. The chef instructor said that this was the way that grandmothers do it but I don't remember my grandmother (or anyone else for that matter) frying an egg like that! Everyone else in the class seemed to think it was a fairly normal thing to do. I'm American though so maybe this is something unique to Spain? Has anyone ever seen this done in the US? I'm not talking about just frying the egg in a lot of oil- I'm talking about literally dropping the egg into a saucepan FILLED with super hot oil. It tasted great in the end by the way!
  11. I just found some bags of Bomba rice with a sell by date of 2005. Other rices improve with age. I wondered if this applies to Spanish varieties.
  12. Just to let you know, I was passing by Gold Gourmet on Ortega y Gasset the other day, and noticed that they now have a fishmongers about 4 doors down from the fruit etc. shop. I didn't have the time to go in, but I got the impression that it was quite new. They looked like they had a good selection, and if the other shops are anything to go by, it should be good quality (if not a little pricey!). Has anybody tried it?
  13. Editing recipes from recent trip to Spain, and one of the chefs (Carles Abellan of Comerc 24 and Tapac 24) has used mushrooms that were identified as 'perros chicos.' they are small, and the caps are quite rounded, so much that they almost look like chickpeas. Does anyone know of which I speak, and ideally, can you provide a Latin name? As ever, thanks.
  14. One of my most favorite dishes in all of Spanish cuisine is the humble Tortilla de Patatas. While we've had some valiant attempts at making authentic ones at home, I fail to be able to reproduce the kind of results we get at our favorite Spanish restaurants in the US and that I've had abroad. Sure, its a simple dish, but its not just the sum of its parts. Whenever we try it the eggs get overcooked, we seem to use too much olive oil, or the potatoes have the wrong texture. Or it tastes fine but the whole damn thing falls apart. Theres a good (and really funny) multimedia web site called Mundo Tortilla which I discovered a few years back (and posted originally about on CH) thats dedicated to the humble dish, but it falls short on tips and techniques for the perfect tortiila. Anybody?
  15. A short visit to my Brother-in-Law outside Madrid got me to a fine Cheese Store in Madrid. They not only advise (Spanish only) but let you taste as much as you want and can handle. I purchased five different cheeses: Garrotxa, Idiazabel, Manchego, Zamorano (Toro) and another, forgot name. Each piece weighed appr. 1.5 kilo, with an average price of 15.00 Euro per kilo. After wrapping in the appropriate 'Cheese Paper', they vacuum sealed each piece in a very heavy duty plastic for travel and preservation. No charge!. I had all these cheeses plus some canned Ventresca Tuna and my favorit "elxillo" Anchovies in a suitcase with clothes. I declared on my customs form all to what they were, and did not have to open any suitcase at Logan/Boston. The place in Madrid is: Jamoneria - Carniceria - Quesos "Bruselas", Avenida de Bruselas 49, Tel: 913-567-498, Something else, here is a good web site for Spanish Cheeses: http://www.cheesefromspain.com/CFS/Guide/C...hestabInd_I.htm
  16. Hola egulleters! Those of you who know me know that I like to turn my hand at Charcuterie now and then. Nothing is more satisfying than breaking down a whole pig and turning it into delicious cured meats and sausages. I'm quite happy making a wide range of products but there's one thing that I just can't get right. Fresh Spanish cooking chorizo, in particular I want to try and recreate this wonderful stuff from Brindisa http://www.brindisa.com/store/fresh-chorizo-and-morcilla/all-fresh-chorizo-and-morcilla/brindisa-chorizo-picante/ They're wonderfully red, juicy and packed with deep pimenton flavour. Now when I make them I can get the flavour right but the texture is all wrong, very mealy, not at all juicy and the colour loses it's vibrancy too easily. What's the secret to them I wonder? Some kind of additive and/or food colouring? My recipe sees me mincing 2.3 kg fatty pork shoulder through a fine die, mixing with 80g pimenton, 50g salt, 30g sugar, 35g fresh garlic and stuffing into sheep casings. Here's a photo of them: I rest them overnight in the fridge before cooking with them. Maybe I should be putting some curing salt in there and hanging them for a couple of days? Does anyone have any experience making this kind of juicy fresh Spanish chorizo or even chistorra?
  17. Hello every one, Today, I want to share one of my favorite pastry recently: Portuguese Egg Tart. I first knew about this tart from KFC. One time, I went to our favorite KFC spot in HCMC when they were promoting these. They asked if I wanted to try. It looked so irresistible, so why not? Since then, I have been in love with this pastry. But it’s so expensive buying them from the shops, comparing to its easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-make nature; especially now I are studying in Finland. I decide to make them myself. So here is how I make Portuguese Egg Tart. (12 mini tarts) Ingredients Tart crust 500g store-bought puff pastry Filling 150g heavy whipping cream 200g whole milk ¼ tsp. vanilla extract 60g granulated white sugar 2 whole egg + 2 egg yolk Instructions Step 1: My puff pastry is already cut into rectangles like this, 125g per, so I use 4. Roll them in to tight cylinders. Stick layers of dough up at the end of the roll using a bit of water. Step 2: Cut each cylinder into 3 smaller ones. 3 multiplies by 4 is 12, that’s how I divide mine. If yours comes in bigger or smaller size, divide them accordingly to have 12 even balls of puff pastry. Step 3: Dip every ball into a dish of flour generously. Then roll them out into a thin round sheet with the cycle side facing up, like this. Here is where my mistake happened. I should have roll these a bit thin toward the edge, leave the inner thicker because the filling will make the puff pastry crust wet while baking and make the tart more fragile that usual egg tart. Step 4: Prepare your tart pans by grease the with melted butter, or put some cupcake paper cups in, like me. This is very important because if you don’t, the tart will stick heavily to your pan. Then adjust all the crust into your tart pan, in my case, cupcake pan. Step 5: Preheat your oven to 200 degree Celsius. Prepare a rack on the last level. Step 6: Separate your eggs. Put eggs and yolks into one bowl with all the sugar. Beat them lightly with your whisk until there is no string of egg white left. Step 7: Add heavy whipping cream and milk into the egg mixture above, whisk until everything combined. Add the vanilla extract. And you are done. Originally, the filling must be made by double boiling method, meaning the egg mixture must be cooked on a heatproof bowl that stay on top of a boiling pan, until it thicken up. Then let cool to room temperature for about almost 1 hour. I decide to go shortcut on this since Bear was OK with that the last time and I do not wish to prolong my baking time further. It totally depends on you to choice how you want to do in this situation. Step 8: Pour the filling into the prepared tart pans, through a strainer. Step 8: Put the tarts into the preheated oven, last rack. Step 9: Bake them for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top of the custard caramelize a bit. During the baking time, I see my tart fillings popping up like balloons. I just did a little sneak and my egg custard like of crack on the surface. Step 10: Take the tarts out of the pan. You can enjoy them now, as they are warm, some forks prefer that. Personally, I enjoy them cool, because by then, the crust will be settled and less fragile, and the filling is more enjoyable. If you prefer mine, put them in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. Eating these tarts are like having a Fandango dance on your tongue. The buttery flavor of puff pastry combines with the soft, rich custard. Uhhmm. My limited vocabulary cannot fully explain this. Hope you enjoy the recipe. I have some problems this time, for instant, my filling pop like balloons while being baked. Then it cracked on the surface, and my crust seem a bit too fragile after being bake. Here is its innards . How could I avoid these problems? Thank you so much in advance. Anyhow, Happy Baking! Rose,
  18. Dear friends, I would like to list here clever gastronomic proposals out of the ordinary to innovate in the kitchen. As an initial example propose our own proposal of cooking our homegrown rice to make our paellas in "El Sequer de Tonica", Spain. Who said that everything is invented in the field of gastronomy. I wait for your suggestions!! Cheers,
  19. I talked the assistant into giving me a large lump of the fat from my pata negra ham today, as I love it almost as much as the meat. I am sure there are recipes in which it is the star (there are a few bits of ham still attached). I'd welcome knowing what I can do with this other than nibble bits. Would it be a waste to render it down? (I suspect so).
  20. I recently purchased a few cazuelas of different sizes - they look like this. They were seasoned correctly, or at least the way I was told to. So, after cooking some artichoke hearts with olive oil and parmesan cheese in one last night, I popped it into the dishwasher, and this morning, when I opened the dishwasher I noticed an off-smell - that of rancid oil. Sure enough, it was coming from the cazuela. Bad. So, I'm wondering if the oil soaks into the pores and then turns rancid, or did it have something to do with the dishwasher? Any one else have this problem? And what exactly is the best way to care for this unique cooking vessel?
  21. Hi, The term "Tapas" or finger food is coined by the spanish and they are well-know for their finger food. There is one type I am afraid I forget the name served like french fries and is pipe with 2 kinds of sauce, anyone can tell me the name of it? Thanks you
  22. What Spanish wines are you drinking this year? Tasting notes or not. Favorite regions and vineyards. Questions and discussion.
  23. I know very little (beyond the obvious) about Spanish cuisine, but my wife is a big fan of the Boston area tapas restaurants and I'd like to learn how to play some of those tunes at home. Thus, I'm looking for a somewhat traditionalist English-language starting point to cooking tapas -- something that will help me duplicate the classics one sees at most US tapas places, but with good guidance around authentic ingredients. Penelope Casas's book Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain seems to have been the gold standard at one time; is it still? If not, what is?
  24. My wife and I will be in San Sebastian for a few days in early July, and I have booked Arzak for dinner one night. Due to financial constraints, this will probably be our major blow-out meal of the trip. I requested a non-smoking table but in the booking confirmation I have been told that the non-smoking section is full, and that we will be seated in the smoking section. It's a long time since I've had to think about smoke being an issue in restaurants, and my tolerance for same has seriously diminished. This might be a deal-breaker for me. Is smoke a problem at Arzak? Is this something I'm going to encounter at all the high-end restaurants in San Sebastian? I've no problem with smoke in more casual surroundings (i.e. pintxo bars), but I'm reluctant to fork out hundreds of Euros for a meal if I'm going to be breathing so much smoke I can't smell or taste properly. I may see if the non-smoking section is free some other night, but if not, should I look elsewhere? Would be grateful for any learned comments!
  25. So I was able to get my hands on the bones of two bellota jamon iberico legs. But being an at home chef, i dont have a stock pot that big. Will chopping it into pieces affect the stock because of the marrow? Any suggestions on using these bones? Thanks!
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