Sevilla, Spain 2013

Just before Christmas, I was asked by a friend in the magazine editing business if I would like to go on a Food trip to Seville in Spain with him. Well… That’s a pretty stupid question really. Am I going to say no?! HA! Don’t be so silly. My bags were already packed before he had even finished his sentence.

I’m not going to do much talking, but what I can promise from this entry is a feast for the eyes and a need to go and get some TAPAS! The food I sampled throughout the weekend was some of the best I have ever experienced. And I eat ALOT! It was all so elegantly presented and lovingly prepared. The chefs really know what they are doing and have a passion for the ingredients they are cooking with.

I found myself eating very slowly because I didn’t want it to end. Let me take you on my weekend food tour of Seville….

DID YOU KNOW that the word ‘tapa’ came from ‘to cover’. You would hold your wine/sherry in one hand and place you plate of food over the top of it whilst you walked around a room socialising with people. As the years went on, it became a style of eating which is widely practised all around the world. You choose from a selection of small plates to create one meal. Often shared between a selection of people.

I’m not usually one for sharing off a plate with others, but I found it a brilliant way of being able to order lots of different things to try. The options are endless though so it’s hard to decide what you want!

Rows of delicious jamon

Rows of delicious Jamon

This was one thing I had never tried before. And wow! It was delicious. Served with sherry, manchego, fresh olives and bread. What more do you need in life? Ham, bread, cheese and wine. Winner! For those of you that don’t know, Jamon is a dry cured ham that melts in the mouth and has a party on your tastebuds. If you’ve never tried it, get to a Spanish Deli and buy some.

Jamon Feast

Jamon Feast

Pringa - There are no words..... *drool*

Pringa – There are no words….. *drool*

These pork buns (Pringas), were the best thing that I tasted on the whole trip. And let me tell you, everything was DELICIOUS. But these…. Wow. The flavour was incredible. A real treat! I could have eaten it over and over again! Although, I probably would have had to be rolled home as the reason they taste so good is due to being soaked in the yummy fat juices and all the other bad for you things they chucked in there! My mouth is watering just thinking about it and a wash of sadness drowns me as I realise I’m only ever going to be able to taste this again if I go back!

Braised Ox Cheeks. DELICIOUS!

Braised Ox Cheeks. DELICIOUS!

Melt in the mouth mackerel ♥

Melt in the mouth mackerel ♥

The picture says it all ♥

The picture says it all ♥

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan

I’ve never had Carpaccio before so this was a new experience to me. I would never choose it off a menu, so I am glad that my friend James did. It was silky smooth and the flavour was rich. It went very well with the Parmesan, and I will definitely be ordering it in future if I see it on a menu. I washed it down with a very nice bottle of Rioja!

Squid or Octopus. I can't remember! But it was goooooood!

Octopus. It was goooooood!

Polenta Cake. Delicious.

Polenta Cake with Seville Orange Jelly! Delicious.

Cod with asparagus cream and egg poached in Truffle Oil! OH YES!

Cod with asparagus cream and egg poached in Truffle Oil! OH YES!

This fish dish was one of the highlights to the trip. It was a delight to eat. I felt as though I was dining like a Queen. Truffle isn’t something I tend to have everyday! But poaching an egg in truffle oil is pure indulgence! Even the addition of the single chive shoot was perfection and complimented all the flavours *reminisces*

Drooling yet? Book yourself a food tour of Seville!

Pate with Chilli Jam

Pate with Chilli Jam (Ignore the thumb! I trapped it in a car door!)

Omelette with JAMON

Omelette with JAMON

Squid Ink Pasta with garlic pesto and scallop. Delicious!

Squid Ink Pasta with garlic pesto and scallop. Delicious!

Even more new experiences for me! Squid ink spaghetti (above) and black pudding (below). I don’t like black pudding, but I challenge anybody to tell me that after they taste something as flavoursome as that dish. Again, I’m glad that James chose it! But the squid ink spaghetti was definitely my favourite out of the 2! I LOVE SCALLOPS!! How do you share 1 between 2 people?! There was a knife and fork stand off!

Black Pudding wrapped in a pancake with red pepper sauce

Black Pudding wrapped in a pancake with red pepper sauce

Sweet Potato and Pork

Curried Pumpkin and Pork

AMAZING!!! *mouth waters*

AMAZING!!! *mouth waters* Ox Tail filo wrap…. It needs no comments….

Stuffed Lamb with Couscous

Spicy Meat and Pastry. Winning Combo!

Salami and Fig Pastry. Winning Combo!

This trip has inspired me to create some similar dishes at home to the ones I tasted on this eye opener of a trip. The dishes aren’t complicated with lots of ingredients. They are simple with carefully selected foods that compliment each other perfectly. A fig and jamon tart is on the cards. Or a focaccia.

I couldn’t go all that way and not bring any samples back with me so Seville Orange Wine, Chorizo and bread sticks sat on my lap for the flight home. I’ve still got the wine to taste! But the chorizo and bread didn’t last long at all! I wish I had put a little more time aside to gather some ingredients to bring home with me, but I chose a wonderful spa day instead! Oh it’s a hard life.

Now I’m back in motion, expect some more exciting recipes and tales! As always, please feel free to contact me 🙂

And if anybody is seriously considering a weekend doing this, Shawn Hennessey @SevillaTapas is the lady to contact. She’s a great Canadian lady who does the food tours!

From Spain with Love

Lem xxx

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