Boquerones are small, fresh anchovies. Accompanied by crisp, fresh Spanish bread, a glass of ruby-red wine or refreshing Asturian cider, they are a delight to eat. Methods for preparing boquerones tend to vary slightly. However, the basic principles are always the same. You first have to clean and fillet the fish, which is simple enough, but rather tedious until you get the hang of it. Next, you soak the fillets, either in white wine vinegar or a mixture of half vinegar and half water. The vinegar will clean and bleach the fish and also soften any remaining little bones. Some people sprinkle the fish with salt; others feel that the fish is salty enough already. The fish has to be left for a good few hours soaking in the vinegar. Again, this tends to vary, with some Spaniards leaving them overnight in the fridge and others just waiting a couple…
For many, warmer weather means eating lighter and healthier. Here's a quick, new recipe for a Summer Delight Salad. The sliced almonds help to give it a Mediterranean accent. Ingredients: 3/4 cup pomegranate 8 cups torn spinach or mixed greens 1 cup grilled chicken breast (optional) 1/3 cup sliced red onion raspberry vinaigrette dressing Directions: In large bowl, toss half the pomegranate and the next 4 ingredients. Arrange onto salad plates; top with grilled chicken and remaining pomegranate. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad. Makes 4 to 6 salads. Pomegranates are nutrient dense, vitamin rich and have long been used to add flavor and crunch to dishes from different parts of the Mediterranean.
Paella is a saffron-flavored dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken and seafood. In the Old French and Catalan languages, paella means frying pan or pot. The traditional paella pan is flat and of large diameter, it can also have handles on each side. In fact, paella is one of the most versatile dishes to make. Paella also has the advantage of being great to clean out the fridge and use up leftover meats and vegetables. Any combination will eventually be great the secret is in the chemistry. Paella is a dish that is generally made to feed several people. Moreover, paella is quite flavorful the next day as the tastes have had time to mix together and become stronger. First the rice Select a type of rice that you are comfortable using. Feel free to experiment but know that paella contains a lot of ingredients and…