[Catching Up] A home-cooked lunch.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that grandmothers are in the business of feeding people. Spanish señoras seem to be particularly renowned for this habit. A few weeks ago my landlady took us to lunch at her mother’s house in her pueblo (village) called Salas. ‘Us’ is the three of us foreigners living in my landlady’s properties: myself, a girl from Guatemala and one from Mexico.

After the usual hair-raising drive we arrived in the little town of Salas on a fine, Spring day. We took a short stroll around the town before stopping at the bar for a quick drink in the sun while I tried my best to keep up with the conversation, and even – gulp – participate.

Tower from the old castillo in Salas

Just around the corner was our hostess’s house and we arrived to find red wine, ham, chorizo, cheese and croquetas (little deep fried balls of ham and cheese) ready and waiting. Then it was time for the first course: traditional Asturian fabada, a very rich bean stew with chunks of pork, chorizo and morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) mixed in, and fresh bread on the side. Second course: fried salted cod and salad with pork. Finally for dessert there was a huge dish of arroz con leche, literally rice with milk, essentially rice pudding. I cannot stress enough just how much food there was, nor how much of it was consumed! Our lovely hostess must have had leftovers for days.

Eventually we rolled from the table and back to car. On our way back to Oviedo we made a few stops in sweet little seaside towns, even getting out and stretching our legs in one: Cudillero. It was a gorgeous little town, on a hillside sloping right down into the sea, with the houses clinging to the land.

Houses in Cudillero


The seafront in Cudillero

It was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday and a great experience to have of real Spanish home-cooking, which I can certainly attest, in this case at least, is very delicious.

TTFN.

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3 responses to “[Catching Up] A home-cooked lunch.

  1. HAC

    The appetisers sound pretty substantial! What was the salted cod like – and how much of that didn’t you eat? Sound as though it was a wonderful day. xx

  2. sharon cadman

    Sounds like a feast, Ally. Keep that kind of eating up and you ‘ll need a bigger wedding dress. Hah hah!!!
    How well do the other 2 girls speak spanish? Probaly first language for both of them? But maybe not the same as pure spanish?
    Not long before you are leaving…. where has that time gone?
    Love to you as always. Sharon.

  3. Bronny

    It doesn’t get better than that. You’ll find the memories of that exquisite day will percolate to the surface for many years to come. Hope you are fully recovered and ready to embrace the last weeks of your tenure and the adventures to follow.
    With fondest love,
    Bronny

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