Harry in Spain

The Adventures and misadventures

March 2018
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You must be joking?  NO. Spain does get some snow especially in the high grounds and although not often in the Costas as well.
Take today for example February 4th 2018, It was minus 1 in Madrid at 12 noon and snowing, and the Alicante region had snow yesterday.

Granted it is not often but it does snow now and again. Today it reached 17 on the Costa Blanca but tonight snow is expected in some areas.
I do not think the Costas has one snow plough between them.  Last year it snowed here in Ciudad Quesada for about an hour and our neighbors daughter (3 years old Spanish ) built a snowman. It was only 5 inches tall but it was the first snowman she had ever seen and built, she was ecstatic.

During the week we had daytime temperatures of 23 and nighttime of just 4. That is a big drop and with the houses not built for the cold , it feels freezing.

As I said it only happens now and then it does not stop you from sitting in the sun during the day.

Anyway about mid march it starts getting warmer and by July it can reach 40 degrees.  But we still have about 5 weeks of cold nights to go, then the warm weather comes and the beaches start to fill up.




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Spanish Food.

Spanish food is often recognised as one of the top cuisines in the world, and some traditional Spanish dishes and recipes date hundreds of years. Food has become as integral to Spain as its rich and tumultuous history, with each region of Spain – once a collection of numerous, distinct kingdoms – boasting their own unique cuisines and flavours.

In bars you’ll quickly find the usual top Spanish tapas all around the country, for example olives, Manchego cheese, tostadas con tomate (grated or scratched tomato on Spanish bread), pinxtos (Basque-style, mini sandwiches) or a plate of Spanish bravas (fried potato with spicy tomato sauce). While Spain’s tapas are a gourment exploration in itself, here are some more top Spanish foods you have to try.

1. Croquettes

You can find Spanish a plate of croquetas in almost any restaurant or bar, each made to the establishment’s own  – sometimes secret – recipe, combining ingredients such as jamon (cured ham) or bacalao (Atlantic cod fish) with béchamel sauce, which is then breaded and fried. The creamy cheese (queso) croquettes pack a smooth flavour, or try the croquettes of local sweet-spiced black sausage (morcilla) or Spanish blue cheese (queso de Cabrales) for unique Spanish flavours.

2.Tortilla Espanola

The Spanish omlette is another beloved top Spanish food – and everyone has an opinion on how to cook it. It’s a great starter (or meal) for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and no doubt you’ll come across many Spanish potato omelettes during your time in Spain. Like croquetas, you can find them in almost any bar and to varying degrees of quality and flavour.

Pisto – Spanish ratatouille

This vegetarian top Spanish dish is for all ages, eaten in Spain as a tapa, appetiser, a side dish to meats, or even as a meal with a fried egg on top or chorizo. It’s a Spanish ratatouille of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, and of course, olive oil. The palatable competition of intense roasted flavours makes this a tasty recipe to try at home. You can find it in restaurants around Spain, and especially in the towns across the plains of La Mancha, south of Madrid.

4. Cured meats – jamon, chorizo, salchichón

Jamon is ubiquitous in Spain, carved thinly off cured legs of pork that you will see hanging in most bars and restaurants. Jamon is a serious business and an art in Spain, with many factors in place to determine quality, such as what the pigs are fed, the type of pig and the curing process. Jamón ibérico de bellota is the top category, where Spanish pigs (Ibérico) are free-range and acorn-fed (bellota); other types include Ibérico (corn-fed) or Serrano ham, which are typically cheaper.

5. Paella

This rice-based dish is well known internationally, although in Valencia you will find many authentic variations that equally vie for attention. Some consider this a national dish of Spain, but many consider it a Valencia dish, from where it originated and you can typically find the best paella. The most traditional Valencian paella is a mixture of chicken or rabbit (or both), white and green beans and other vegetables, but seafood is also common, where you can find an array of seafood suprises among the flavoursome rice, such as calamari, mussels, clams, prawns, scampi or fish, depending on the type you order. For the adventurous, a black rice stained by octopus ink is a must try (arroz negro), and if you find paella with less common ingredients such as eel (anguila) or duck (pato), don’t miss the rare chance. Fiduea is tasty twist on the rice-based paella, as it uses a small curly pasta instead.

6. Patatas bravas

Perhaps the most ubiquitous of tapas, patatas bravas vary quite a bit around the country, but all versions involve chunks of fried potato. In Madrid, bravas sauce is made with sweet and spicy pimentón – Spanish paprika – olive oil, flour and stock – but never tomatoes. Some people add garlic, some a dash of fino sherry, while others selfishly insist of keeping their secret ingredients to themselves. 




Coming Back Soon.

Yes I will be uploading new posts as soon as possible. Sorry for not adding posts recently but I was busy building the Net Box web site www.netbox.es.

Well it is finished now and I will continue to add posts about life in Spain, so watch this space. Also the new videos will be mostly in 4K format. This means the quality will be excellent and very colourful.


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