La mocaorà, or Sant Dionís sweets

Sant Dionís sweets - from la Mocaorà - image depicting small colourful sweets shaped like fruits and vegetables

The 9th of October is the Valencian’s Community day, commemorating when King Jaume I conquered the city of Valencia in 1238 and yadda yadda… Of course, the most interesting aspect for us in this blog is the food, and there is a specific type of sweets that are eaten at that time of the year: dolços de Sant Dionís or (pardon my terrible translation) Saint Dionysius sweets.

These are made of almond, sugar and egg white (plus whatever colouring you feel like adding). I used orange and a green colourings, and mixed them in various amounts, depending on which vegetable or fruit I tried to mimic.

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Horchata + tiger nut biscuits = the ideal merienda?

A glass of horchata and a small saucer with two tiger nut biscuits

I went on a tiger nut frenzy last week, as I made a batch of horchata and then I also turned the leftover “pulp” into “flour” for making biscuits. Absolutely ZERO WASTE! I was very pleased.

This time I used just tiger nuts. No cinnamon or lemon zest as in my previous attempt. And it tasted better than ever! So tiger nutty. I find it hard to describe this flavour; you have to try this type of horchata to understand how it tastes—it’s quite unlike Mexican horchata.

My friend and prestigious Horchata Connoisseur Belén has asked me to share the recipe for the biscuits, so here it goes!

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Arros QD

arros QD traditional paella
Drink mat with illustration of a Valencian peasant picking oranges

This new restaurant by famous Spanish chef Quique Dacosta opened in our neighbourhood recently, but I’ve been tracking their development since we heard about it around a year ago. We had been speculating as to where its site would be, what would feature in the menu, etc.

All this excitement is because the focus of the restaurant was on rice. And rice is very dear to Valencian people. And the focus of the restaurant was specifically on rice cooked the Valencian way!

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The cutest flat white I’ve ever had, and Valencian mussels, finally!

I had the chance to visit La Manera, which I eyed on a former trip to Valencia but didn’t have time to stop at, and it just didn’t disappoint! First I got the cutest flat white I’ve ever been served, then a really yummy granola (I really liked the mint leaves-it was a surprisingly good flavour pairing) 😋

Granola (with mint leaves)

I will say the tablespoon they brought was way too big to eat without spilling everything out though, so I ended up using the coffee spoon.

Later we visited La Pilareta. We had been there almost a year ago, but Valencian mussels weren’t available as it wasn’t the right season. This time we were lucky and we could FINALLY have our Valencian mussels! (Plus other delicacies)

Valencian mussels, at least!

Valencian mussels are called clotxines in Valencian, and that’s why the bar is called La casa de les clotxines, ie “the house of Valencian mussels”.

Bravas (of course!)
Calamares

The batter in these calamari was nicely thin, yum!