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Raxo

August 30, 2012 2 comments

Hello,

Raxo is a typical way of preparing pork loin in Galicia (a region in northwest Spain), it’s a very simple recipe to prepare, requires little time and the result is awesome.

Ingredients:

Start cutting the pork loin in regular pieces, like about the size of  a tablespoon. Chop a bunch of parsley.

Add pork loin in a bowl and add also a bit of salt, chopped parsley, a bit of oregano, 3 or 4 pressed garlic cloves, ground pepper, a bit of sweet paprika, white wine (or even sherry, which gives a really nice taste) and finally olive oil. Mix well. Cover with transparent film and let rest in the fridge for at least one day.

Next day wait until the pan is hot and add the pork loin. Move with some frequency and cook it for about 12 to 14 minutes until it gets a golden look.

Raxo

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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Shepherd’s salad

Hello,

This a recipe typical from Turkey, it’s a really nice recipe for those of you bringing a tupperware to your work, and it’s also great for summer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomates
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 lemon
  • A bunch of parsley
  • Olive oil

Start rolling a bunch of parsley like you were rolling a cigar, and then chop it. Peel the cucumber but maintain a bit of the skin which will bring a more colorful salad. As we need to cut the cucumber in cubes, first we will cut onto slices, then pile up slices and cut onto stripes, then cut the stripes to form cubes. Chop a spring onion. Cut 2 tomatoes on cubes, first cut in half, cut in 4 the part with the peduncle, remove the peduncle and try to cut in cubes; cut the other part onto stripes turn 90 degrees and cut again onto stripe so you will have cubes.

Add the tomatoes, spring onion and cucumber on a bowl and add the chopped parsley. Add salt, the juice of one lemon and olive oil. Give it a good mix, and let rest for some time.

Shepherd's salad

Music in the video (Airport Lounge) is composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) who distributes it under the CC-BY license.

Vinaigrette mussels

Hello,

This is a very typical tapa in Spain (in Spanish, mejillones en vinagreta) and it’s a really nice recipe for sumer because you can eat them at a lower temperature and they’re still delicious, furthermore mussels are one of the cheapest seafood you can find (at least in Spain) making this recipe really a winner: rich, healthy, fresh, cheap. What else do you need? Of course it is also easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • Mussels
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Spring onion
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Olive oil

Let’s start preparing the mussels, we will steam it. If you don’t have a tool to steam you can use just a pot, boil water and put the mussels in a metallic colander on top, cover the pot with a lid and maintain cooking for about 15 minutes. Use a tall pot in order to avoid water get off the pot, and be careful there’s always water in the pot otherwise you will burn it, and it’s not good to burn a pot on each recipe.

While the mussels steam we will prepare the vinaigrette, you need to chop more or less the same amount of spring onion, red pepper and green pepper, obtaining very smalll pieces. Then put all together in a bowl and add salt, sherry vinegar and olive oil (using 2 times more olive oil than vinegar). Mix well,  if there is too much oil and vinegar you can reuse them later to dress a salad.

Discard those mussels not opened, remove half of shell, let cold and just add a coffespoon of vinaigrette over each mussel.

Vinaigrette mussels

Music used in the video (Airport Lounge) and it’s rights belong to Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) who distributes it under CC-BY license.

Gazpacho

Hello!

Perhaps Gazpacho is most representative recipe of Andalucia, it is a kind of soup with tomato as star ingredient. It’s fresh, it’s healthy and it’s absolutely delicious, what else can you expect from a recipe? Ok, and I forgot, it’s easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of tomatoes
  • 1-2 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • White vinegar
  • Olive oil

We will start cutting the ingredients, even we will process them on a blender if you cut them they will fit in the blender cup. Cut an onion in 6 to 8 pieces. Remove the seeds of 2 green peppers, and cut them in small pieces. Remove the ends of a cucumber and peel it, left some skin as it will prevent its repetition. Finally cut 1 kg of tomatoes in about 8 pieces, you’d better choose mature tomatoes because they will be more tasty. You can reserve a bit of those ingredients and chop them in order to serve together with gazpacho, it’s usually served this way so people can choose which vegetable they would like to add.

Add all the ingredients in the blender cup. Furthermore add 2 o 3 garlic cloves, but first cut them in half and remove the central part which will prevent from repeating. Add also 1 coffee spoon of salt, a quarter of glass of white vinegar. Mix with the blender for some minutes until it becomes liquid, after mixing taste it to check if you need more salt, or if it is too dense add water and mix again for a while. You can also add some ground pepper or ice in the blender.

Normally is served with picatostes (toasted bread cut in small cubes) and a bit of vegetables chopped.

Gazpacho

Music in the video (Airport Lounge) is composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

Tuna escabeche

Hello!

On our Spanish blog a reader suggested us to publish some recipe using escabeche. Escabeche is a technique to cook food in order to preserve them, it is very typical to find canned sea food or fish preserved in escabeche, in Spain perhaps the most easy to find are the muscles. I liked very much the result of this recipe, it is really superb on a sandwich bit some cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg tuna without skin and without spines
  • ½ lt olive oil
  • ¼ lt white vinegar
  • ¼ lt white wine
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 20 peppercorns
  • Some bay leaves
  • 1 sweet paprika tablespoon

Add in a pot ½ litre of olive oil, ¼ litre of white vinegar, ¼ litre of white wine, about 20 peppercorns, some bay leaves, 3 garlic cloves and a tablespoon of sweet paprika, mix it until well combined. Add the tuna without skin and with out spines, and make sure it is well submerged.

Set the fire on at minimum level, and cook for 20 minutes. In 20 minutes it will be cooked rare, cook about 30 minutes if you prefer more done. Let rest for some hours until getting ambient temperature, then put in the fridge like one night. Take off the fridge 15 minutes before eating, it is really great in a sandwich with cheese. You can have it in the fridge for some days, the escabeche sauce will preserve the tuna.

Music on the video (Airport Lounge) is composed by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

 Tuna escabeche

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