• 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…

  • Tapas reach new heights in Ronda

    A new eating place was recently added to Ronda’s not inconsiderable gastronomic offering. De Locos Tapas is an absolute delight and we are thrilled to have it on our doorstep. They specialise in small plates which we love – sampling…

  • Shawarma in Farajan

    An exciting new restaurant – well, really just a bar with food but none the less thrilling for all that – has opened in Farajan, two villages along from Cartajima in the Alto Genal. We try to keep up with…

  • Gambas al ajillo

    This is a short video about how to make an incredibly simple but fantastically tasty dish that would grace any meal. Suitable for a first course, part of a tapa spread, or a snacky meal. Served with crusty French bread…

  • Breakfast in Andalucia

    Breakfast in Andalucia – sounds like the title of a Hemingway novel! We were on the hunt for the perfect photograph of Ronda – an image that would capture the magnificence of this ancient settlement. Having scoped out the best…

  • Ultimate Prawn Cocktail

    In the seventies, the standard meal “out” was prawn cocktail, steak and chips, black forest gateau. The prawn cocktail was a simple affair – shredded iceberg lettuce, prawns and a yucky pink sauce. Last night I decided this humble dish…

  • English Breakfast in Andalucia!

    I broke a long-standing vow today when I cooked an English breakfast for a guest – bacon and egg, tomato and mushroom. I have always believed that an essential part of travelling is sharing local food – it has always…

  • Cartajima chef awarded Michelin star

    His ambition was to get a star in two years. He achieved that dream in just nine months! While Baltasar’s wife was growing their son, he was heading for the stars. Not just Michelin’s “Rising Star” category but One Star….

  • Parsnips in Spain

    I can quite understand why there aren’t any parsnips in Andalucia as it is too hot for this frost-loving root. What I cannot understand is why there is a Spanish word for it when they don’t exist anywhere in Spain…

  • Sin semillas! Por fin!

    At last, “sin semillas” have arrived in Ronda! This may seem of little importance to those of you living in California or England where you have had seedless grapes for years. (how do they propagate?) But, here in Spain, where…