Food across the Atlantic: Tasting Spain

I don’t even know where to start with the food in Spain.  It’s so good here, and cheap, too. Murcia’s climate is ideal for growing produce and citrus fruit, providing the rest of Europe with fruit.

They’re popular for lemons and oranges, and because all of the produce that is grown here, you can buy it really cheap.  The best places to get cheap, fresh produce and fruit are in the little Chinese stores called Alimentación.

Here are some typical dishes in Murcia:

Marinero – This is a potato salad-like mixture of potatoes, mayonnaise, tuna and vegetables on a toasted piece of bread topped with an anchovy.  It’s actually pretty good.

Pulpo – Yes, it’s octopus.  I was really, really put off at first because the suction cups are still attached, but pulpo has become one of my favorites.

Tortilla de papas (or patatas) – This is a simple, heavenly mixture of potatoes, eggs and onions. It’s cooked until it’s firm and can be cut into slices.  It’s best served on a bar of bread with mayonnaise and tomatoes on top.

I’ve attempted to make it twice since I’ve been here, but both times ended with scrambled eggs and fried potatoes.

Pastel de carne – this is a wonderful pastry with different kinds of meat inside.  I’ve had a tuna one, a chicken one and the last time I had one it was almost like a thick, ham soup. These are one of my favorites to get for lunch because they’re small but fill you up.

Paparajotes – These are leaves from a lemon tree, wrapped in fried dough and covered in sugar. Hands-down my favorite dessert.  You don’t eat the lemon leaf; you take it out first, and then continue to eat the dough.  The lemon leaf is used to flavor the dough, and the combination is wonderful.

Since coming to Spain, I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable sharing food with other people.  Sharing is a big part of life here.  Spaniards share just about everything with their friends and family.

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