La Rambla but I just didn't understand tapas.
Prado Museum and was moved by the full sized Guernica. Toledo gave me a taste of the beautiful Moorish architecture. Barcelona had a charming old town, the colourful La Ramblas and the Picasso Museum but most of all it had Gaudi. I just loved seeing his buildings but was even more astounded by the skillful blending of architecture and nature in Park Guell (above). To this day, it is still among the most amazing gardens I have ever seen.
Segovia on a whim and was calmed by the gorgeous small town. I stayed in a pension where I found my landlady (who was far bigger than me) trying to take possession of my jeans away. The huge Roman acquaduct inspired awe, whereas I loved the small scale of the Alcazar (which I heard inspired Walt Disney) and the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz (above), a church built by returning Crusaders. I also discovered a vegetarian paella. But I never tried tapas. I just wasn't in the mood.
My main problem, however, was trying to get a sense of the dish. I had thought it was potatoes cooked in the oven in a tomato sauce but I couldn't find a recipe to fit my vision. Finally I decided to try a recipe where I roasted the potatoes and tossed them in a tomato sauce. This actually suited us because then I could give Sylvia some of the roast potatoes without the sauce.
Preston farmer's market. I used whisky and water instead of white wine and didn't have any parsley. My potatoes too ages to roast in my slow oven but they were wonderfully golden and crispy when done. The sauce was quite spicy but pleasantly so. We ate them with some spinach pancakes that E fried for me while I made the sauce. The Patatas Bravas were even better the next day when the sauce had soaked in to the potatoes.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Paula's Carob Bikkies
Two years ago: Rhubarb and apple sponge pudding
Three years ago: AWED Butterscotch pudding
Four years ago: Miss Marple’s Tea Room – cosy charm
Five years ago: PPN#20: Cultures, traditions and macaroni cheese
adapted from taste.com.au
1.5kg sebago potatoes, peeled (I used pontiac), chopped in inch squares about
1/4 cup olive oil
1 red onion, chopped (I used a brown onion)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp chilli paste
1 and 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 tsp smoked salt (or sea salt and add extra smoked paprika)
2 tbsp whisky
1/4 cup water
400g can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped (didn't use)
Preheat oven. The recipe directed to roast at 200 C but I found I had to heat my oven to 240 (it is slow). Place potatoes and an inch or tow of water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes (they should only be starting to cook at this stage, not soft through). Drain
Set out two roasting tins. Toss half the potatoes with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of oil and a pinch of french lavender salt (or regular salt) in each large roasting pan. (Ideally I would heat the oil in the pan first but I didn't have time.) Roast potatoes for 40 minutes or until crisp and tender. (Mine took 80 minutes.)
Meanwhile heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan (I think I used the same once I cooked the potatoes in) and fry onions for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic, chilli paste and paprika and stir well for about 1 minute. Add salt, whisky, water, tomatoes and oregano. Bring to the boil and simmer approximately 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season and puree (I used a hand held blender so mine wasn't totally smooth). Return to heat to check it is heated through. (I cooked mine an additional 20 minutes as I wanted to be sure it was thick enough). Stir in parsley and toss sauce through roasted potatoes.
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