I bought half a kilo of tiger nuts a couple weeks ago, to make my own horchata. This is my first attempt, loosely following the recipe from El Invitado de Invierno, one of my favourite blogs. Continue reading “How to make horchata (Valencian style, with tiger nuts)”
I briefly visited Valencia this week, and I came back with this treasure. And you might be wondering what that is. And it is 500 grams of tiger nuts, or chufas in Spanish.
I was in Spain for a few days last week. On the way in I flew with hand baggage only. But the way back involved checking in my previously almost empty bag (I pack very lightly), as it had been loaded with a (figurative) ton of local-ish produce:
- sobrasada! and four different cheeses from various parts in Spain
- spelt based spaghetti with spirulina and other sea weeds (I love trying out new things)
- Organic Spanish Marcona almonds
- three bottles of Antoñita La Moderna, a locally brewed beer which I had just tried and liked, so my beerofiliac spouse can try it
- a bottle of herbero – a drink made out of a sweet aniseed digestive base with added local herbs from the Serra de Mariola mountains
- sweet chamomile, elder, mate (to brew)
- And since this is the season of colds: locally sourced thyme (to brew) and eucalyptus (to inhale)
I couldn’t stop thinking this was quite a funny bag, and also hoping the bottles would not be smashed despite my best packing efforts. I normally don’t take liquids with me so I don’t have to check them in, because then I’m all worried they’re going to be smashed when loaded/unloaded. Stupid airport security procedures… ?
Since I came back we’ve been enjoying all manners of unusual culinary combinations; let’s call them fusion cuisine:
And some not-so-weird: thyme infusion, or thyme tree – perfect to soothe sore throats, or just to enjoy its fragrant smells:
We also tried the elder infusion; I had never had that one before. I fell like a baby afterwards, not sure if it’s related or not, but there you go!
This is a very traditional winter stew from the Serra de Mariola area—a crossroads of mountain ranges on the edge between Valencia and Alicante provinces. Continue reading “Borreta”