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Risotto frutti di mare

What’s for lunch? Salad or pasta? Risotto?

Yes, risotto. It’s a while since the last batch with asparagus so I decided to go for a seafood risotto

1 onion, 2 dl risotto rice, 1 dl white wine, 7,5 dl fish stock, salt, 1,5 finely grated Parmesan

300 g mixed seafood, olive oil, salt and pepper

Make the risotto – start with sautéing the onion in butter, add the rice. Pour in the wine, let come to boil, and add water as the rice absorbs it and gets ready.

Fry te seafood lightly in a pan, and add to the risotto with the Parmesan. Mix together, taste and add salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Moules Marinieres – Mussels in Wine 2.0


We are expecting the first snow any day now. Late November and no snow!

At the supermarket I found fresh Danish mussels and realised that we had skipped our traditional October  mussel evening! We always have a crayfish party, kräftskiva, at a friend’s and the a mussel dinner chef nous.

Well, today it is Mussels for two.

1 kg Mussels, 3 dl white wine, 2 garlic cloves, one small onion, one carrot, parsley, rosemary, sage, bay leaf and butter

Brush and clean the mussels under cold running water. The mussels will shut their shells if they are alike and you have to trash the ones that won’t do it.

Chop the onion and carrot, and the garlic. Melt the butter and sauce the herbs and the veggies. Add the wine and heat it up. You can use water and lemon or vegetable stock if you do not wish to use alcohol. Pour in the mussels and cover with a lid. Cook for 5 minutes.

Serve with bread and white wine or mineral water.

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Pepperones, Bruschetta and Spagetti Marinara

Another week has started and we’ve started it with a home-cooked Spanish meal. For starters I made tiny roasted belly peppers and tomato bruschetta. Have to say that I took the easy way to prepare the main course, spaghetti with sea food, because I got this sea food mix at the market. It has got mussels, different kinds of octopus and some onions, olives and strong chilli pepper in it. The meal turned out to be delicious and it tastes, oh, so much better here in the South and eaten on a terrace.

The recipes are for four.

Bruschetta

8 slices of white bread, olive oil, one clove of garlic, two tomatoes, half of teaspoon coriander, black pepper

Heat the olive oil and frost the garlic in it. Fry the bread in the oil. Cut the tomato into tiny, pieces and mix in the chopped coriander. Cover the bread slices with the tomato mixture and sprinkle with olive oil. Add some black pepper on each slice.

Roasted belly peppers

400 g small green belly peppers, salt and a dash of olive oil

Rinse the small peppers. Heat a large frying pan and put the peppers on it. Roast for five minutes. Add some salt and roast for a couple of minutes under a lid. Add some olive oil and roast for a few more minutes. Keep the peppers warm until you serve them. They are, of course delicious even the following day and cold.

Spaghetti Marinara

100 g of spaghetti per person, prepared as instructed in the package

500 g seafood mix, 2 tbsp chopped coriander, one lemon, three cloves of garlic, olive oil and 1 dl white wine

Start with getting the pasta water cooking. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chopped garlic. Add the seafood mix and fry for five minutes. Add the white wine half of the lemon as wedges and the coriander. Let simmer on low heat for five minutes. Add the cooked pasta and turn down the heat. Let the pasta mix into the sauce for five minutes. Add some salt and pepper before serving. Serve with the same wine as you used for the sauce (always, always use good wine!).

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Langoustines for Lunch

Back to Spain and Spanish kitchen. It was time for home made lunch after various meals in bistros and restaurants. We visited the local supermarket, Mercadone, and could just not pass the seafood. Prepared langoustine with tomato salad for lunch. So quick and easy to make, and sooooo delicious.

This is what we had for two

500 g langoustine
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic
Half of lemon
Handful of parsley

Heat a pan. Peel and slice the garlic clove and put it into the pan. Add the langoustine and fry for 3 minutes. Add the parsley and squeeze in some lemon juice. Save some lemon to be added on the plate.

Salad
Lettuce, tomatoes, belly pepper, olive oil, white wine vinegar, pepper and salt

Wash and slice the tomatoes and pepper. Build a salad on a plate starting with lettuce. Sprinkle with olive oil and garlic, and add some black pepper and salt.

Serve the langoustine with the salad and fresh bread.

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The End of the World, Finisterre

The journey to Finisterre, the end of the world, was long despite the distance from Santiago is only 87 km. The bus ride took 2.5 hours on the way there and the return journey was 3 hours. The cost of a return ticket was only 24 euros. It was weird to think that we spent 5.5 hours on a bus to travel 87 km when we’d just walked 120 km in seven days.

The road to Finisterre was beautiful and it seemed shorter in time than it was thanks to the beautiful scenery. There were beaches and small villages, people collecting shellfish in the low tide and occasionally someone walking an empty beach. This is area in Northern Galicia is where I believe percebes, the delicate and delicious goose barnacle, has it’ home. It is a well appreciated and expensive delicacy. Expensive because of the danger the divers set themselves to when collecting them in the surfs and turfs of the Atlantic.

Fish and seafood were splendid in Galicia and we ate mostly fish. It was only one steak I had during our 15 day journey. Oh well, we did have pechuga (chicken breast) too and a lovely dish of pig cheek. We learnt also about other fish and seafood dishes. Earlier I’d thought that there were only one type of octopus served in different ways. Now I know that you can order pulpo, calamare and chippirone and that they are all different types of seafood, not the same animal. There are probably many more but these are the ones I tasted. Hake, merluza in Spanish, was the most common fish on the menus. We were also happy to find grilled sardines in one restaurant.

The actual end of the world, finis de terra, was breathtaking. The views were splendid. You could see the sea and only the sea. It seemed that the horizon were curving and could imagine that one could really imagine that all would end where your vision ended.

The Lighthouse, faro do Finisterre, is a big building still in use but also with a museum and a photo gallery. We got our last cello, Camino stamp, on our credentials in the faro although we had already received our Compostellas in the Camino office upon our arrival in Santiago. There is also an albergue in the cape of Finisterre. It must be an experience to spend a night there. On the rocks in the cape there was a grave with mementos, incents and stones on it; remnants of bonfires where pilgrims had burnt their clothes. I left my stone there on the grave, a stone I’d been carrying from home. I wished to leave something on my Camino and take something home, the stone was a symbol for what I wanted to leave behind. It is a tradition that pilgrims burn their clothes or boots there. Finisterre has also pre-Christian history as a sacred place.

We had an exciting walk through the hills and Monte Facho back to the village. On Monte Facho you can see the remnants of the house of San Guillerme (Pedra do San Guillerme). The path was not clearly marked but you could see that someone had taken it several time on horseback. The hills were steep and it was not an easy passage in any way, especially the down hills. It seemed that we got lost but did find our way out of the forest, and back to the village. And to the restaurant streak and the bus stop.

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Day 4 Palas de Rei to Melide

The walk of the day was easy. Much easier than that of the previous day and not that long either.
We had enjoyed a lovely good night’s sleep at the pension in Palas de Rei and we good and ready to walk. I think I slept in o ne position and for nine hours.

 

The path was downhills, river beds, tiny villages ones, horses, cows and pilgrims, peregrinos. More peregrinos each day.

We found a place to stay easy and were happy that the rooms were smaller. An Italian couple had already settled in. It was nice to talk Italian for a change and the lady was especially happy to meet someone who could speak the language. Well, I was flattered my Italian is still quite basic.

We set to town after showering and a good nap. Melide had been advertised for pulpo, octopus, and we’d already seen the famous pulperia on our way into to town. We set the course toward Ezelkiel pupleria and met our Canadian friends on the way there. We had dinner together or perhaps I should write that we sampled the pulpo together. Later on we went for dessert in a cafe. It was loads of fun and a lot of laughing. We had a really good time. The only thing that we had to creep into the hostel, everyone was already asleep as we got in half past nine.

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