It has been a long time…Back with a video from a master. Enjoy it!
This morning I discovered I have been nominated for another award. I am not very good lately replying to the Awards, so I decided to be brave and responsible and thank the kind bloggers that nominated me.
I have been nominated for The Blog on Fire Award by Manderley Cooks. She is a very talented baker, loads to learn from her… Thank you Amanda for the nomination.
Sam from What Will I Cook Today? nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for the nomination! In her blog you will find not only delicious recipes, also brilliant photography of the dishes.
I am really impressed with the Awards I am receiving lately. Thank you so much. And I have to apologise for my delay in replying, I am starting to see how valuable is time.
I got another nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award by Mon Food Blog. Thanks! A very interesting blog, an attractive design and full of great Italian recipes.
As I mixed three Awards in one post rules won’t be very orthodox.
A couple of facts:
- When I was a teenager I used to follow bullfighting. Now, I believe Spain will be consider a land of barbarians until this savage practice disappears.
- I am going to travel Northern India in November with two good friends. Looking forward for the food!
My nominations are going to…
I have been nominated for a Illuminating Blogger Award by REMCooks. It is an honour coming from a highly talented chef. You will find very interesting recipes (loads of them) in his blog. It caught my eye the Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce, something I must try very soon.
About the random thing, a documentary I watched recently called Anima. Certainly illuminating and highly recommended:
Here are my nominations. Good food, photos and great bloggers:
I hope you enjoy them as I do.
*The Illuminating Blogger Award was created by Food Stories and is an award that anyone can bestow on their fellow bloggers for illuminating, informative blog content. The Rules for this award are:
- The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
- The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
- The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) in their blog post.
- Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
- Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
- Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).
Two days ago I received these three Awards.
A Big Thank You!
To be organised I will go through each of them individually.
I received a Very Inspiring Blogger Award from The Burlesque Baker, a great Blogger. Thanks for this one. I like the idea of mixing baking and Burlesque.
I am starting with the 7 facts:
- I am getting desperate with my laptop lately. So slow.
- I can’t stand impatience drivers. If I come across one, I drive at 10km/h.
- I was a bold kid. Fire was a great attraction for me.
- I love Mountain Biking.
- I don’t drink fizzy drinks. If I do, it’s only Rum and Coke.
- I don’t like card games.
- I think I am very organised when I cook.
And here are the nominations:
- A Little Safron
- A Lot on Your Plate
- A Modern Christian Woman
- What to cook?
- At Down Under
- Food Follower
- Five Spoons
- In Pursuit of More
- The Hungry Giant
- The Little Loaf
- Baker Bettie
- The Vagabond Baker
- Texana’s Kitchen
Thank you Tabkhet El Yom for this “One Lovely Blog Award”. It is really an honour. Her blog is full of delicious recipies. And I love how she uses spices. Check it out.
The facts. It is going to be tricky to write another 7:
- I don’t cook to many dishes involving frying. Don’t like at all the smell of frying.
- When I cook I try to leave the kitchen better than when I started cooking.
- I was a bit naughty in college. I was going out , probably, too much.
- More than likely, I said this before. Spanish politicians drive me mad.
- I prefer good prawns than a lobster.
- I hate ironing. And I have to do it every day.
- If I have to choose an animal it would a Fox.
And the nominations for this One Lovely Blog Award are:
- Made by Mamaleh
- Cooking for Strippers
- Pure Complex
- A Bit of Nutmeg
- Krista and Jess
- Taste Savant
- Cooking in Sens
- The Standard of Taste
- Spoon Feast
- Cork and Spoon
- The Practical Cook
- Nazar Blue
- Lightly Crunchy
And another One Lovely Blog Award. This one from Peri’s Spice Ladle. A lovely blog full of flavours and colors. I have loads to learn from her.
Let’s go again with the 7 facts:
- After living in a house with garden, I couldn’t live in a flat again.
- I try to fix everything at home. And disasters happen.
- I only wear a watch if I am at work.
- I never wear shirts out of work.
- One of my favourites sports to practice is Frontenis. No courts in Ireland.
- I have no interest at all in cars.
- I like punctuality.
And the nominations…
- Pop-Tarts for Dinner
- From the Family Table
- The Gruby Hen
- The Food Gypsy
- La Cucina Di Kait
- Bento with Love
- Amy Eats
- Fork and Beans
- Nate Makes Cookies
- Kneading the Dough
- Ridha’s Kitchen
- Shiny Tomato
- According to Carey
- Around the Table
Enjoy all these Great Bloggers!
It was very tough.
Another Award!! This Versatile Blogger Award comes from Tabkhet el Yom, thank you very much. A recent discovery full of lovely Middle East recipes. I really enjoy the clever combination of spices in her dishes, they make you travel far away… Check her blog, you will stay.
I also reached more than 5000 visits to the blog yesterday. I am very impressed with all of you, my readers. Thank you so much for the time spent reading my recipes. I wasn’t expecting this.
Following the tradition, a few facts:
- I went to a catholic school for 14 years.
- I am now, an active atheist. I like Richard Dawkins.
- I try to be politically active. I send letters and emails to politicians, public organisations and all public subjects not doing their job properly. The list is very long, specially in Spain.
- I like almost all sort of music, a few exceptions: Hip-Hop, Reggaeton (Is this music?), commercial MTV type music and long exposures to Flamenco.
- I decided last week to start with my Ph.D in Politics next October. It will be a long way…
And here, my nominations:
Congratulations for all of them! Good job.
And my apologies to The Nip Tuck Food Blog. She nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. I can’t find time to reply yet.
My apologies as well to What about the pie? She nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. And the same story, time is becoming a serious issue lately.
Following the rules, here are 7 random facts about myself:
- I get very upset when people tell me that Prosciutto is like Iberico Ham.
- I am still wondering why you can’t find good fish or seafood in Dublin.
- Favourite fishes: white tuna belly and Conger Eel.
- I am in love with Brussels and Chicago, don’t know exactly why but I feel at home there.
- I can’t understand how people can suffer when their football team lose.
- I love reading, usually 3-4 books per month.
And my nominations for the Kreativ Blogger Award are going to these great bloggers:
- Things my Belly likes.
- Learn to Bake.
- My thin eats.
- Feed the Piglet.
- Unwind Cooking.
- Tabkhet el yom.
Keep up the good work guys!
What a great surprise I had when I was having my first coffee! This morning I found out my Versatile Blog Award nomination from a brilliant blogger, What about the pie? A BIG thank you. I love her concept of food. The memories that food can bring you…and how the taste of food can be different depending of the people and the environment.
Following the Award rules I have to write 7 facts about myself and pass the award to 15 blogs that I enjoy. Another difficult decision. So here we go.
My 7 facts:
- We have been living in Ireland for 11 years and still loving it. Good people. But, where all the good fish is going?
- I played all sort of Sports. Lately running is the main one taking most of my time.
- The only food I hate are Brussels Sprouts. But I love Brussels!
- I have a big interest in Politics(studied Politics in College). I believe our politicians are a disgrace, a few exceptions.
- We got rid of out TV 6 years ago. That was the greatest idea! Eating books since then.
- We have three great pets always willing to eat all the leftovers. Pancho(Border Collie, Coco(Jack Russel) and Aurelio the cat.
- We found our paradise in La Vera. We will move there at some stage to enjoy the good life.
And these are the 15 Blogs I find very interesting for different reasons, they are all great Bloggers:
- Mira goes to Market.
- The Windy Kitchen.
- Assia’s Kelidoscope.
- Frugal Feeding.
- While he was out.
- The Hungry Irish Man.
- Artistry by Adele.
- Trials in Food.
- Enjoy my adventure.
- Frozen Moments.
- Buttercream & Chantilly Factory
- The Blooberrymuffin.
- Darla Cooks.
- Manipal’s Photo Blog.
- 2eat 2drink.
It is always nice to have recognition from colleagues sharing a passion, the art of good food. I really enjoy doing this and the nomination makes it even more satisfying.
Thank you all for the time spent on my blog. I hope you can enjoy some of the recipes.
Since I started the blog, I have came across great flood blogs. It is a whole new world for me. Then, the decision for my 5 nominations is quite hard. Here they are (in no particular order):
- Bellacorea. A very interesting combination South Korea-Italy…
- Kitty’s Dolceforno. Not only delicious recipes, also a great image design.
- El Oso con Botas. Impressive baking skills with beautiful pictures.
- Big Hungry Gnomes. Lovely recipes in a very well design blog.
- Baking with Sibella. Bakes delicious cakes. I have to try them soon.
Check them, you will stop there for a while.
It is quite interesting how most people associate the Olive Oil to Italy. A few years ago the International Olive Council made a survey about the perception of olive oil in the world. A big majority of consumers associated olive oil with the Mediterranean culture, Italy and Greece. Spain was at the bottom of the list.
Sad for Spain. Very poor marketing. The interesting part is that Spain is the bigger producer of olive oil in the world and has more than 260 varieties of olives. And one of the oldest olive trees in the world, the Besavi, with nearly 2000 years, is still living in Lleida.
The numbers are impressive. Olive oil production in Spain is 3 times bigger than the Italian and nearly 5 than the Greek.Italy is buying 1/3 of the Spanish production of olive oil and is the top importer of Spanish olive oil. Around 40% of the total production in Spain meet the Organic requirements.
The olive oil is then bottled in Italy and sell in different markets with Italian brands.
I am coming across a few brands of Italian olive oil with the sticker at the back saying “Bottled in Italy” or “Produced in the EU”. Nothing to say against Italians. Good business people.
Finally, it seems that Spanish producers are doing their home work. Exports are increasing: to USA a 32% between 2009-2010 and around a 70% increase in the exports to China, India and Russia.
Still can’t find a good variety of Spanish Olive Oil in Ireland. Come on guys, wake up!