2 Aug 2020 - 3 minutes

A taste of Spain, here in Manchester!

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Today’s focus is food! Spain is home to one of the world’s finest cuisines, influenced heavily by history, geography and climate. With the Mediterranean to the east and the Atlantic to the North, seafood features heavily and is used in one of the country’s most popular plates of food – paella!

Ham also needs to have a mention, with jamón being one of the most celebrated foods of Spain. This cured ham is delicacy, with jamón iberico from black pigs of the Iberian region being one of the most sought-after varities.

There are many dishes we could have shone the spotlight on today. Patatas bravas…Gazpacho… the octopus dish of pulpo a la gallega. But really, there was only one dish we could pick as our ‘taste of Spain,’ and we’ve already mentioned it - the mighty paella!

We’ve put together the perfect recipe with a step-by-step guide for you to follow along at home, so whip out the pans and let’s get cooking!

All you need is:

  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 10g of fresh, flat-leaf parsley
  • 70g good chorizo
  • 2 boneless chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato purée
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 300 grams of paella rice
  • 100 grams of peas
  • 200 grams of cooked, frozen prawns
  • 750ml of boiling water
  • 1 lemon
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If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! As Manchester begins to reopen, so are many of its fantastic Spanish and Latin restaurants – perfect to indulge in all the flavours of Ibiza! Here are just a few of them…

Evuna

Evuna have four establishments in total; Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Knutsford and Altrincham. Evuna originated in 2002 as a fine wine house with a main interest in importing fine Spanish wines. Now, they are known for their foods just as much as their drinks, with each restaurant offering their staple dishes, with Head Chefs adding their own unique specials.

La Bandera

Situated just off Deansgate, La Bandera is considered to be one of the best Spanish restaurants in the UK, having been featured in the top three best tapas restaurants by the Sunday Times and winning the Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award several years in a row. Bandera symbolizes a new era of Spanish culinary excellence, with food to both take out and eat in.

The Molly House

Sitting cosy just off Canal Street is the Molly House, a place for, in their own words, the ‘discerning, eccentric and alternative.’ The Molly House serves real ales, beers and wines alongside fresh, authentic Spanish and South American tapas. Like Bandera, The Molly House has a few awards under its belt, being voted as CAMRA’s Pub of the Month alongside being shortlisted for ‘Best Bar’ in the Manchester Food and Drink Awards.

Sandinista

Just off St Ann’s Square, Sandinista is a classic cantina bar with a strong emphasis on tapas and cocktails! Discover craft beers alongside their popular cocktail menu, and there’s plenty of sangria for everyone!

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro’s home in Manchester is a historic three storey townhouse on King Street. On the ground floor you’ll find beautiful al fresco pavement dining along with a well-stocked bar and dining space. The crown jewel of El Gato Negro is its stunning roof terrace with a retractable roof and its own bar, perfect to catch the rays on those hot, summer days!

So, there you have it, plenty of places to get a taste of Spain, but without the pain of going there (and the two-week quarantine when you return!)

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