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Orange Days are here again!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13218" align="aligncenter" width="351" caption="A feast of orangey tapas at over 30 bars and restaurants in Sevilla, until this Sunday."] [/caption] Every year around this time - January and February - the newspapers are full of recipes featuring Seville oranges, the small, bitter fruit so highly valued by the British for ...

Spain is top wine producer in the world: up over 40% in 2013

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13203" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Spain - now the biggest wine producer in the world!"] [/caption] Spain has taken over from France and Italy as the world's top wine-producing country, with its production increasing by over 40% in 2013. This is just a few weeks after the news that Spain is now ...

New quality labelling system for Iberian pork products

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13061" align="aligncenter" width="486" caption="Jamon iberico - one of Spain's most famous gastronomic products. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] Last week, the Spanish government approved a new colour-coding system for Iberian pork products. Jamon iberico is probably the most popular and highly-prized food in Spain, and nowhere more so than here in ...

Rural Andalucia in the 1930s: La Memoria de los Olivos

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12566" align="aligncenter" width="177" caption="The Memory of the Olive Trees is a moving film about a humble Andalucian family at the outset of the Civil War."] [/caption] As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am very interested in Spanish history. I've reviewed books for Books4Spain, watched films, and ...

Experiencing the olive harvest in Jaen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12445" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The cortijo and factory, nestled in rolling hills of olive fields, backed by the Sierra Magina."] [/caption] A few posts ago, I mentioned a new scheme organised by Jaen Tourism - pick your own olives. This puente weekend, I was lucky enough to experience it for myself, ...

Where does the World’s Best Olive Oil come from? Why, Andalucia, of course!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11753" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="World's Best Olive Oils - nine of the top 10 come from Andalucia. Altogether now: We are the Champions..."] [/caption] I don't use capitals lightly, and, like most journalists, abhor blatant abuse of upper case letters almost as much as inappropriate apostrophes. So it is no ...

UNESCO news: Seville not on danger list, but Doñana heading that way

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11317" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Now the tallest building in Seville, after 800 years with the Giralda dominating the skyline: the 178-metre Torre Pelli."] [/caption] Last week saw two of Andalucia's UNESCO World Heritage sites in the news for two very different reasons: Seville, whose new (and first) skyscraper, the Torre Pelli, ...

Foodie news from Andalucia: royal olive oil and officially recognised tortas

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11226" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Ines Rosales is one of Andalucia's export success stories, and these tortas de aceite now have their own recognised classification>."] [/caption] Lately the foodie spotlight has been firmly focussed on Spain, more specifically the north - Catalonia and Pais Vasco, where three of the world's top 10 ...

Have an eco-Christmas by hiring your (living) tree

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9102" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paco and Lucia with two of their prized pines, which are hired out as Christmas trees."] [/caption] One of the most essential features of Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it, is the Christmas tree. Choosing it, decorating it, putting presents under it on Christmas Eve... you can't ...

Cordoba olive oil wins top British award

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anyone who lives in Andalucia, or who is an aficionado of Spanish food, will be well aware of the leading role played by "liquid gold" - olive oil - in the region's cuisine. An Andalucian breakfast is toast with jamon serrano, tomato and olive oil drizzled liberally all over it; it's ...