A culinary journey through Catalonia
CATALONIA / SPAIN:
Did you know? The Catalans are far ahead in terms of creativity and imagination when it comes to food and drink, and here you will find numerous gourmet kitchens of different top chefs. There is a reason for that. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, the region has taken advantage of these contrasts: for example, chicken is cooked with shrimp or pork with clams. The result is curious, but very tasty creations. In addition, the Catalans have succeeded in absorbing a wide variety of historical trends: influences from France are recognizable, from Italy, Arab countries, the Moors and North Africa. All this has made Catalan cuisine one of the most diverse in Spain. As in all other regions, Catalan cuisine has its specialties. Famous is, for example, the "Rape", the monkfish, which is available in all possible variations. He is very fond of being called "Rape a la Marinera" (monkfish-style monkfish), a dish made of fish, mussels and shrimps, that is to say, all the treasures that the sea has to offer. Also the "bacalao" (stockfish) is widely used, which is often eaten as a kind of stew with vegetables or as "crisps", small fried balls. Not least, there is the said chicken with shrimp ("pollo con langostinos"), which are served together with a spicy herb sauce. When it comes to meat, "Fideus a la Catalana" (noodle dish with pork) immediately comes to mind. These fideus look like little spaghetti and are made with pieces of pork ribs, bacon and the so-called "Butifarra" (pork sausage). Especially delicious in winter is the "Anec a la Catalana", a duck with prunes, pine nuts and raisins. In addition to pasta, of course, as in Spain, in Catalonia, rice is one of the main foods. Here he is eaten as "Arros Negre", where he is cooked with the black bob of octopus. Like all Spaniards, the Catalans love all the sweetness. That's why the dessert should never be missing. The "Crema Catalana" is well-known far beyond the borders and you can easily become addicted! It is an egg milk cream with a wonderful caramel note and crunchy crust, which consists of only a few ingredients - egg milk, starch, sugar, grated lemon zest - and tastes so good that it impressed sustainable.