A Taste of Spain for Townhouse Students

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A large part of my cultural experience studying abroad has been served to me on a silver plate, and I mean that quite literally. As I spend more time in Spain, I take part in a cultural experience almost every day when I sit down at the kitchen table. Here, the largest meal of the day is lunch time, rather than dinner, and families take large appreciation for what they place on the table. Lunch typically can have multiple courses and take an hour or two to finish. Many employees leave their offices during lunch hours in order to return home for a meal, and then return to work. Food is at the top of the cultural pyramid, and I have decided to share some traditional and simple Spanish recipes for you townhouse owners. And yes, I have actually made all of these myself, so they are college-student-approved.

 

  • TARTA DE SANTIAGO

 

Ingredients →

  • 200 grams of almond powder
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 grams of cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar

Preparation →

  1. Beat the eggs and the sugar together until the mixture doubles in size.
  2. Add in the ground almonds, lemon zest, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix everything with enveloping movements.
  4. Heat the oven to 356 degrees F.
  5. Pour the dough into a round baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
    1. ***Check on the dessert by occasionally sticking a toothpick in the cake. You will know when it is ready when you pull the toothpick out and it is clear/dry***
  6. Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  7. Once cool, lightly shake the powdered sugar over the surface of the cake.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 

  • TORTILLA DE PATATA

 

Ingredients →

  • 6 medium-sized potatoes
  • An onion
  • 6 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation →

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes
  2. Cut the potatoes in thin slices
  3. Fry the potatoes and the onion together in plenty of oil until they are soft.
  4. Drain the potatoes and onion and set aside.
  5. Beat the eggs in a bowl; mix in the potatoes and onion with a pinch of salt.
  6. Pour the mixture into a heated pan coated in a drizzle of olive oil, and cook the omelet on both sides.
    1. ***Cook until it is goldish brown on the outside and white on the inside***
  1. Serve and enjoy!

 

  • GAZPACHO

 

Ingredients→

  • One kilogram of tomatoes
  • Red pepper
  • A clove of garlic
  • Chives
  • A cucumber
  • Bread (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • Half a tablespoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation →

  1. Make a cut in the bottom of the tomatoes.
  2. Soak the tomatoes in hot water until they are warm.
  3. Wash and cut the cucumber.
  4. Put all the ingredients in a blender, and add in the oil and the vinegar.
  5. Add water to the mixture; it depends if you prefer it thicker or thinner.
  6. If you prefer, you can serve it with chopped vegetables or bread!
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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