• Ronda Market

    In common with most places in the “developed” world, Ronda’s market stopped functioning years ago once the supermarkets came to town selling convenience along with everything else. But sadly not quality. You cannot buy food produced locally in these nationwide…

  • Kenya Curry – Curious Case

    When planning our 2013 New Year’s Eve break I blithely thought a “Fireside Supper” sounded like fun for the day before the day before the end of the year, followed by a more formal dinner on The Eve itself. As…

  • The Pharmacist and the Mushrooms

    This is a strange tale of knowledge lost and found. Country people everywhere gather food from the wild and, given the desperate times Spain and Andalucia suffered during and after the Civil War, it is not surprising that the villagers…

  • Cartajima Cooking Class

    When holiday architect Steve Murray of Active Travel Boutique rang to ask if I would do a cooking lesson (with wine) for some guests he was sending me, my emotions flipped from terror to thrill. But, having never learned to…

  • Cartajima Mosto Festival Preparations

    The grapes have been harvested in the fields around Cartajima. Some people, not all, lay them out in the sun to increase the sugar content.  The wine will be made over the next few weeks and kept till the Mosto…

  • Festivals of Food and Wine in the Alto Genal

    The Alto Genal is the place to be in November! Four of the seven small villages scattered around the Alto Genal valley have a special festival celebrating an important aspect of local produce. But this is Andalucia so there is…

  • Salmorejo – Cordoba vs Ronda

    Salmorejo is a Spanish dish that you may have encountered. And it probably looked like this: Like gazpacho but much much thicker as you can see. And irristible as you can tell! Thick and creamy and served very cold as…

  • Best Hotel Picnic Award

    A guest – an exceedingly well-travelled one I hasten to add – has just awarded us the Best Hotel Picnic in the World Award. Unfortunately no prize money is involved nor cup or medal but for me the accolade is…

  • My Quest for the Infernal Flame

    Years ago, in a tatty bar in the grotty end of a small Andalucian town, I had for the first time a unique and memorable tapa – Chorizo al Infierno. Google translates this delectable and dramatic dish as “sausage to…

  • New restaurant Serrania de Ronda

    What else can one do on a dreary November Sunday but go out for lunch with a good bottle of red. But where to go. We ran through our favourite places but nothing appealed. It was beginning to look as…