Six great Paella master cooks from different areas of the Valencian Community, cook six different authentic paella recipes, including all necessary ingredients in the making of this icon of Spanish gastronomy. This project is just a sample of the multiple variations of Spain’s most international dish, always based on Valencian tradition.
Editor’s note: Two things strike us about these recipes: their extreme simplicity and the fact that none of them include any fish or seafood. (So the “authentic” paellas you’ve been eating in restaurants all these years are essentially counterfeits.) Everything is made clear here: the recipes, the instructions and the video demo. Anybody who follows this simple guide can make an authentic Valencian paella. So what are you waiting for?
Huffington Post.com–If there’s a tradition that Spain can pass on to the world, and that the world has already begun to embrace, it is the siesta. The importance of resting after a meal to gather a bit of strength before facing the rest of the workday is undoubtedly a central value within Spanish culture—but it’s not the only one.
Recent history, classic writers, and common proverbs reveal other lessons, too. Here are 12 things that the world can learn from Spain.
Podemos came out of nowhere to win 1.2 million votes. Pablo Iglesias talks of his hopes for the leftwing fledgling party
Across Spain, everyone has an opinion about Pablo Iglesias. Mere mention of the ponytailed leader of the insurgent leftwing party Podemos (We Can), who is only 35, elicits a barrage of adjectives that range from honest to dangerous.
Raphael Minder writes for the NY Times.com, MADRID — In the wake of Barack Obama’s first presidential election, few slogans became as popular, or arguably overused, as “Yes, We Can.” But since its shattering electoral debut on Sunday, a three-month-old party that adapted the slogan in Spanish — Podemos — might as well consider a name change, to We Did.
What it did was to shake the foundations of Spanish politics in the balloting for the European Parliament on Sunday, denying the governing conservative Popular Party and the opposition Socialists a majority of votes for the first time since the country’s return to democracy 35 years ago.
National Geographic (2006)–The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is on the brink of extinction. These majestic predators, the rarest wildcats in the world, are top of the food chain in a land where hungry eyes are always watching. The Iberian lynx was once a common sight across Spain, Portugal and southern France.
Now, only a handful are left in the wild, the victims of man’s thoughtless management of their environment, a place that exposes them to pesticides, speeding automobiles, itchy trigger fingers, rapacious land grabbers and water poachers. Does the Iberian lynx stand a chance of survival? This 50-minute video, the story of two female lynxes–one mountain, one wetland–makes the case.
Find out where casks start their life and see how Scotch is dependent on Sherry.
Wine Folly.com–According to one of the principal players in the Scottish whiskey business 60% of the taste of a great Scotch whiskey is thanks to a great Spanish barrel. George Espie, managing director of the Clyde Cooperage, which negotiates some 10 million British pounds worth of American and Spanish oak cask wood annually, affirms that “60% of the finished whiskey quality comes from the cask.” According to Espie all of that oak wood is cut into staves in northern Spain, then shipped to Jerez de la Frontera where it is turned into casks by expert Spanish coopers. The casks are then filled with sherry wine–the best for this purpose is an aged oloroso–for two to three years before the casks are sent on to Scotland for aging whiskey.
Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal wine columnist writes–Some wines are known by their grape names (e.g., Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio) and some are identified by their region of origin (e.g., Bordeaux), while certain others are lumped into unhelpfully large groups (e.g. rosé). Spanish whites is another category that may be ridiculously sprawling, with dozens and dozens of white grapes grown in the country, but it’s how many wine drinkers think about the whites that come from there—at least the ones that aren’t Albariño. This wine, produced in the Galicia region in the northwest corner of Spain, is the country’s white-wine success story. Easy to find, easy to pronounce (al-bar-EEN-yo) and easy to drink thanks to its crisp acidity and citrus notes, Albariño is sometimes compared with Sauvignon Blanc. It is also reasonably priced, with plenty of good options under $15.00.
Cristina Manzano writes for The Huffington Post.com–The death of Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic PM of post-Franco Spain, at the age of 81, has reminded a depressed and disenchanted Spanish society that there was once a moment when they prevailed over the odds of history. It was the chronicle of a death foretold. On March 21, only two days before his death, Suárez’s eldest son had given a press conference to announce that his father would certainly pass away in the next 48 hours, following a deterioration in the Alzheimer disease from which he had suffered for the last ten years. Suddenly, every minute and line of the mass media was filled with the story, with the success and the demise of the man who had led the country from dictatorship to modern democracy.
Euroweekly News.com–A Spanish man is being hailed as the country’s very own Robin Hood after he took out dozens of loans worth almost half a million Euros – with no intention of ever paying them back. Instead, Enric Duran donated the money to projects that created and promoted alternatives to capitalism. He gave the money to social activists, funding anti-capitalist speaking tours and TV cameras for a media network. Between 2006 to 2008, Duran took out 68 commercial and personal loans from 39 banks in Spain. Duran, who has been in hiding for 14 months, is unapologetic for his actions even though they could land him in prison.
Lesley Gillilan writes for Telegraph.co.uk–Architectural historian Dr Greg Stevenson has a nose for a good buy. The founder of holiday cottage company Under the Thatch, he began by buying and restoring semi-derelict farm cottages in west Wales.
When he was priced out of Wales, he moved on to projects in Ireland, followed by others in Poland. Now he’s buying houses in Spain. Not any old houses, but cave houses, or casas cuevas – each one a Hobbit-like warren of underground rooms, with rock-cut windows peeking out of cliffs and chimneys poking out of grassy roofs.