This is the great surprise I found in the mailbox last Tuesday! Caroline and Birdget were at Panepanna’s last June for a two-day class on Andalusian cooking. We got so involved talking about fish – which as you know is quite different depending on the sea you fish from – that when they saw that I was lacking this book (despite Hugh being one of my favourite food writers) they promised me a little something… and here it is! Thank you SO much, it really made me (and Jorge) very happy.
What did we cook? Caroline and Bridget booked a two-day cooking class plus a Market Tour. When you book more than one class, or a class plus a tour, you get a discount. We started with the Market Tour on a Thursday morning: we bought all the fresh ingredients we needed for our classes and meanwhile I would explain the peculiarities of the differents stalls and produce. This way I could also plan the dishes we would cook depending on their personal tastes; for instance they didn’t care too much about clams, so we opted for some mackerel, which was just in season.
Back at home we got down to work. Being June and hot, we opted for cool dishes. Mojama con almendras fritas (Tuna ‘ham’ with fried almonds), Salmorejo (cool tomato and vegetable soup), Ajoblanco con melón (cool Almond and garlic soup with melon), Escabeche de caballa (Mackerel escabeche), a classic Tortilla de patatas (which might seem dull, but often what you get abroad for a Tortilla is not remotely related to the real thing!), Tomates de los Palacios aliñados (Tomato salad Andalusian-style), and Poleá (a traditional Andalusian dessert,a sort of porridge with aniseed).