Updated: Mar 27, 2020
Maria and I hope you are all keeping well. We send our love to friends and family in Spain. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
These are strange times. At Maria's has temporarily closed it's doors following government guidelines and the team is now dispersed across Pembrokeshire at home with their families. Maria and are battling the fabulous Welsh rural broadband, I understand almost every other word!
We both thought it might help, over the next couple of weeks, to pass on some 'store-cupboard' recipes, things that you can rustle up using tins, jars, frozen or dried ingredients.
M: I am thinking back to when I was a girl growing up in Alberic, my mother had many recipes for what she called 'no-money-day' meals – traditional, simple recipes like Berenjenas Fritasa la miel (aubergine frittas with honey), Puchero (Spanish stew) or Oranges with honey and cinnamon. She made food with what she had left in the cupboard.
Ah, but I remember my mother's Puchero, I have a story to tell you about that...
My mother, they called her Maria-Three-Forks in the village, because she always made a mark with a fork three times in her bread dough. My mother,she didn't have an oven, in those days, no one did. The women prepared their food and then they took it to the village baker and he cooked everyones food together in his big ovens.
One day my mother sent me to collect our dinner from the bakers. She'd made a Puchero - a stew with meats and vegetables. I went to the bakers, he said here this is your mothers stew and I took it home. We sat down to eat. The stew was on the table. We help ourselves. And my mother, well she was an excellent cook. But on this day, the stew it was awful, too salty! We could not eat. Then there was shouting in the street below.
"Hey Maria! Maria-Three-Forks, you took the wrong Puchero!"
My mother cried, Maria, this is not my Puchero! I had brought home the wrong one. I had brought home Señora García's Puchero. My mother went down and swapped over the Puchero and hers was just right, delicious. My father said
"Poor Señor García, eating like that everyday`! No wonder he's so thirsty at the bar!"
Here's an idea for an evening meal or lunch, any of the fresh ingredients mentioned can be swapped for frozen alternatives. But fresh, if you can get it, is best.
If you can, get chickpeas in a jar, I think they taste better. You can get these from Ultracomida on-line. click here.
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