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Extra virgin olive oil tasting

For anyone with a background in cooking, extra virgin olive oil is a fascinating topic. I have always lived my life close to the olive tree, since it was my Grandmother’s only income apart from her widower’s pension (she would sell her olives to an olive press), my mother’s sister and her husband ran an […] Read More


Spanish Tapas in China

I set myself the challenge to recreate a tapas meal using only Chinese ingredients except for a tin of anchovy filled olives and chocolate and shopping at only one supermarket, Carrefour. I had just cooked a dinner for charity at the Shangri La Presidential suite and I wanted something simple that did not involve ordering […] Read More


Romesco Sauce

When one thinks of Spanish food, tapas always come to mind. These little morsels, served with drinks, are what define Spanish eating. Ferran Adria, our most famous chef, says that “more than food; Tapas is a way of life”. As a Spaniard I love sitting or standing in crowded bars; whether eating a traditional, perfectly […] Read More

Blanca Valencia

I miss Spanish food

Lately I fantasize about Spanish food: the extra virgin olive oils, the Iberico ham, the gazpachos, the fresh and sweet lettuces, the olives like Gordal and manzanilla, the canned fish. Thanks to I was able to create this collage about my favorite Spanish items.