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Spain Food...What can you say about Spanish food, as you can imagine food is very important in our culture, it is not only a means of nourishment but more importantly a way to socialize, like going for Tapas (ir de Tapas) and sharing time with your family.
Spain Food...I can still smell the aroma in my aunt's kitchen while she prepared all those Sunday meals, where our family (and believe me we have big family!) would get to together and share not only a good meal but nice sobremesa afterwordsâ€¦
Let's start by Learning some Spain Food History
Spanish food has been influenced by many cultures since throughout its history Spain was invaded by many groups such as: the Phoenicians, Greeks, Visigoths, Romans and particularly the Moors which resided in the Iberian peninsula for over 7 centuries until they were expelled for good in 1492. All these cultures contributed to the evolution of the Spanish food; the Phoenicians brought some sauces while the Greeks introduced the use of olive oil which is still now a days one of the main staples of Spanish Cuisine.
The most influential group being the Moors, they were responsible for introducing a variety of spices such as: saffron, nutmeg and cinnamon. They liked to mix fruit with nuts, fish with meat combinations that are still very popular to this day. They also brought rice to Spain which has become one of the main staples of its cuisine and accounts for the abundance of rice dishes, most famous the paella.
At one point during the Moorish rule, Christians, Jews and Moors co existed amicably, which helped to blend the individual culture's contributions to the Spanish cuisine. For example, pork is eaten frequently in Spain a contribution from the Christians since neither the Jews or Moors eat it. However, pork dishes did have seasoning added and methods of preparation that both came from the Jewish and Moorish cultures.
After Columbus discovered the New World in 1492 other Spanish explorers soon followed and brought back many additions with them like tomatoes, chocolate, vanilla, various types of beans and potatoes which now are considered some of the basic ingredients of the Spanish cuisine.
Now a days Spain still has a cohesive cuisine even with the many regions that divide the peninsula, for example the use of aceite de olive (olive oil), pan (bread), ajo (garlic), cebolla (onion), and ensaladas (salads) which are pretty much always present in the food preparation.
The center of Spain is known for its cocidos (stews) and asados (grilling), while rice and seafood dominate the east, meat and fish are more popular in the north and the south is well known for its fried seafood.
Even though all of the regions in Spain have their own particular dishes there are still dishes that are prepared through the peninsula such as Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet) made mainly of eggs and potatoes, Gazpacho (cold tomato soup) mainly eaten in the summer months and Paella a delicious rice dish, many types of meat, vegetables and seafood. I can still remember the first time I ate paella in Gandia (where we spent our summers) in the province of Valencia and my mouth still watersâ€¦â€¦
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