Sunday, December 25, 2011
Delicious Christmas Day!
If you've been reading my blog before, you'll know I'm very interested in learning about other cultures. I think food is a very important part of every culture. Some people say we are what we eat, and I do believe it. I also have to say that, even though I love trying food from everywhere, it never feels as good as it feels when I eat at home. By home I don't mean my country, I mean my house, I mean the food my parents cook.
There are many things attached to every meal. In these special days of the year, we usually eat the same things, even though my parents try to innovate a little bit every year to keep everyone enjoying the meals. This year we are eating a lot. I'm actually about to explode! I took a couple pictures of the dishes that, for me, represent my Christmas the most and make me the happiest eater alive. Let me share these delicious dishes with you.
These are "gambas a la plancha", grilled shrimps in English. We just put some salt, grill them and eat them (of course, we peal them first.) Some people add sauce, but I prefer to have them just like that. This is a very Mediterranean thing to do, and I can't love it more. Moreover, my hometown is in the coast and there's a huge seafood culture. They can't be missing in such an important celebration as Christmas is!
This year we also had what you can see in the picture above. I don't know the exact name of it, but it's meat, eggs and dried plums wrapped with chicken. Then we roast the wrap with some vegetables and cut the wrap in slices. With the vegetables we make the sauce. Finally, we eat it all together. I promise you, it's delicious!! I could not get enough of it.
Finally, I could not finish this post without talking about paella. It's one of the most famous dishes from Spain, and it's also one of the most delicious things you can eat at my place. My father took over my grandmother's recipe when she passed away and he's become a pro when it comes to paella! There are many kinds of paella, but this is by far my favorite. It's mixed (it has seafood and meat) and it's lacking the yellow tone it usually has. That's exactly how my grandma used to do it and I just love when he cooks it that way. Of course, now that I'm only home for a few days, I have the right to ask for the meals I want and be spoiled!
I hope you guys had a great Christmas and that everyone's enjoying these days. See you soon!