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Eating Like The Spanish

If you're looking to try something different in cooking, something a bit exotic, then let me introduce you to the world of Spanish cooking. My personal guarantee is that you will absolutely love this.

You see, there is something interesting about the way the Spanish cook. It has been said that the Spanish put their whole heart into the preparation of a particular dish. This is what makes the results as tasty as you will see.

Pop quiz: do you know that the Spanish love eggs? They do. The Spanish eat lots of eggs, but almost never boiled as Americans do. How do the Spanish prepare eggs then? Well traditionally, the eggs are scrambled and fried. For these purposes, allow me to introduce the delicious tortilla of potatoes and onions.

The tortilla of potatoes and onions recipe is as follows:

1/2 pound red potatoes--unpeeled, and cooked but still firm, and sliced.
1 medium onion-'sliced.
2 garlic cloves—chopped.
3 tablespoons olive oil.
6 eggs.
Freshly-ground black pepper--to taste.
Salt--to taste.

Method:
Heat a 10-inch non-stick frying pan and sauté the potatoes, onion and garlic in the oil.
Beat the eggs with a bit of salt and pepper and pour over the vegetables.
Using a wooden spatula, raise the edge of the omelet so the uncooked top can flow under the omelet.
Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
Place a plate over the top of the pan and invert both plate and pan so the omelet comes out upside down.
Slide it back into the hot pan to cook the second side.
Cook for about 2 minutes more.

Comments: In Spain a tortilla is an omelet, turned once in the pan, then served in wedges like a pie.
Any number of fillings can be used once you master the trick of turning the tortilla.

The "Paella" is another amazing Spanish dish. Basically, you're throwing everything from your fridge that could go together into your frying pan...that's the paella. The base for the paella is usually obtained from boiled chicken legs or wings with added vegetables as desired. For a better taste, frying in olive oil is recommended. Feel free to add fruits into the pan after everything is done...anything to suit your taste buds. Pour an assorted natural juice or liqueur into the pan about a minute before turning off the fire.

Spanish deserts, as magnificent as they are, are considered somewhat difficult to prepare and usually contain lots of calories. Most Spanish dishes take a considerable time to complete and the average Spanish meal may require 3 or 4 dishes to serve. If you really have time to spend in the kitchen, and enjoy doing so, you should certainly try your hands at Spanish cooking.

An alternative to taking all the time and trouble to cook like the Spanish is going to a Spanish restaurant and simply eat like the Spanish. A word of caution: do remember to watch your weight and be careful not to get addicted to these high calories, high energy Spanish foods.





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