Comida de España

Feast your eyes on some food photos!

I have photos of a few dishes to share from here in Spain. Generally, the food is quite simple and doesn’t have a ton of spices. The fruit is amazing, as most of it comes from local sources. For example, the fresh orange juice that I have every morning is from oranges grown in the south of Spain. My host mom has been so sweet and has been making me all of the different traditional dishes in order to see what I like best, and even tried to make something from the states for me this morning.

Here “jamón” is a big thing. Fresh ham from the nearest carnicería (meat store) can probably be found in almost every Spanish kitchen. It is eaten plain by itself, on top of bread and tomatoes, wrapped around fruit, in sandwiches, or in soups or vegetable dishes to add flavor. The other day, jamón was in one of our dishes for lunch, but it tasted like bacon to me, so I asked my his mom which it was. She said it was jamón but she did have bacon that she doesn’t use very often because it isn’t very healthy. I proceeded to tell her that sometimes for breakfast on the weekend we fry bacon and crush it up and mix it with eggs for breakfast. Here’s what I found at breakfast this morning: bacon and eggs. A little heavy on the bacon and a little light on the eggs, but Ínes was so sweet to make this for me!

In Spain, lunch is probably the most important meal of the day. It is eaten anywhere between 1-3pm and there is SO much food. Many people return home to eat it and school children have the option to get picked up and go home for lunch, and then return to school after the meal. In my host home my mom cooks a nice hot meal for lunch and then usually something less complicated for dinner like leftovers or something less labor intensive. We eat together, chat, and usually watch (make fun of) our favorite TV show, “Cámbiame” which is an overly dramatic makeover show. Lunch is usually a soup first, some type of meat next, salad, fresh bread, and a piece of fruit for dessert.

Yesterday we had two fried eggs underneath a huge bed of white rice topped with an amazing fresh tomato sauce that Inès makes and uses for several different things. This seemingly unusual combination was super tasty.

If I had one complaint about the food here, it would be that there are more fried items than I would eat at home, for example these French fries on top of over easy eggs. SO yummy, but a little oily. Ínes uses very pure, locally produced olive oil and none of the vegetable or canola oil that we use in the States which makes the fried foods a bit better for us.

These few images are not the best representation of my diet here as a whole, but they are what I have for now. I feel awkward taking photos of my food at someone else’s table. Hehe. We have had lots of great, fresh fish and produce (really, amazing quality) that I haven’t taken photos of, but hopefully will soon! Overall I have been very well fed. I’m in love with the fresh produce, fish, high quality meats, and the care and value that people here have towards their food. What a blessing it is to experience another culture’s food customs and traditions.

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