Christmas arrives early in Spain. 8th December to be precise, when the entire country celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. After the last of the ornaments have been put up on the Xmas tree and gifts have been hidden under it, after the Nativity scene has been recreated, families gather together on Christmas Eve and Christmas for a series of sumptuous meals, one after another. With so many dishes to prepare and devour, Dubai’s Casa de Tapas shows how you too can celebrate the holiday season with Spanish delicacies. For all you know, preparing these might become a ritual in your household for years to come!
Paella, a dish with its origins from the Valencian region in Spain is called so for the kind of pan it is cooked and served in, with paella literally meaning ‘pan’. Whilst there are several versions, the use of Bomba rice makes Paella a non sticky variety of a dish.
Gazpacho, a soup made from vegetables derives its’ origins from the Andalusian region in Spain. Wiki mentions that traditionally the vegetables were hand pounded with mortar and pestle, to avoid foaming that most blenders make the final product to be. Although a summer dish this soup features in the festive period too, not to mention the health benefits one gets from consuming this!
How do you celebrate Christmas? Is there any particular tradition, food that you must follow? When does your Christmas tree go up? Share in the comments below and let the fun times begin!
Content reproduced from CaLDRON December 2014 Issue