All posts tagged: spanish food

My Dream Hamper from Basco Fine Foods

I have found my ultimate hamper. It contains meat, cheese and wine. What more could you possibly want? I was recently introduced to Basco Fine Foods. Although based in the UK, the company was founded by Javier De La Hormaza in 2012, who spent over a year travelling around Spain, visiting hundreds of local producers and tasting their produce with a view to import the finest foods Spain has to offer to us Brits. And they’re based in Yorkshire, which makes me happy, being a Yorkshire girl myself! The range of products really is amazing. They kindly sent me their Spanish Food Hamper, containing the following: Montanegra Iberico Ham: widely recognised as the best Spanish ham due to the diet of grass and acorns that the black Iberian pigs are fed on which results in a tender, deep red and delicious ham, rich and nutty in flavour. Montanegra Iberico Chorizo: a premium chorizo sausage made from selected cuts from the Iberian pig blended carefully with garlic, salt and smoked paprika for an incredibly rich, yet soft sausage …

A Jamón Masterclass at Camino with Zomato UK

There’s a lot of butchery related posts on the blog at the moment, which makes me very happy! So far I’ve written mostly about beef, but recently I had my first experience of learning about and carving jamón (Spanish ham). I was kindly invited to a Zomato meet-up at Camino Southbank, so I assumed it would be an evening of tapas and sangria. But actually it was more of an educational evening about jamón, which was ideal, as I love to expand my knowledge of meats and how to prepare/serve them. And there was a lot of jamón tasting, of course! As I’ve mentioned previously, I adore Spanish ham and in my previous job I couldn’t wait for business trips to Madrid or Barcelona to get my mitts on some. I even took some all the way back to Cyprus once for Christmas (probably breaking some export laws there!) But while I loved the taste of it, I was certainly no expert. Chef Nacho del Campo introduced us to the Jamón Iberico Cebo ‘on display’ which we …

Dinner at Tapas Revolution, Shoreditch

My family rarely used to eat tapas when I was growing up. While we often went on holiday to Spanish countries, but we would normally order big dishes, such as paella. I think this is largely because my Dad, in a ‘Joey from Friends’ manner, didn’t like to ‘share food’! However tapas really seems to have taken off recently in London and funnily enough, I read an article in the Evening Standard a couple of days ago which said the reason for this is because Londoners have finally learned how to share! Quite sad that apparently we didn’t know how to before, but there you go. One of the chefs who kicked off this foodie revolution is Omar Allibhoy who couldn’t understand why Spanish food wasn’t as popular as other types of cuisine in London, such as Indian and Chinese. Numerous restaurant openings later, television appearances and a book, Omar is certainly trailblazing for Spanish cooking in the capital. Last week I tried out his aptly named ‘Tapas Revolution’ in Shoreditch and although I was …