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Sierra Magina Gastroroute

Five things to do in Sierra Magina

1. The caves of Jódar: in the XVI century, hundreds of poor people started to live in the caves near the mountains, because it was the only affordable way to live. People still lived there till the sixties, when everybody was relocated into new neighbourhoods; and yet, even today the memory of the people who lived in those caves remains. They are located in a beautiful set of sandstone mountains, where you can still see the original doors and small windows of the caves. Of course, you can’t easily miss the Castle of Jódar.

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2. A peculiar touristic route: this area was conquered by the Moors so there are many small towns constructed as fortresses in circular form providing ready-made routes. In Torres you can rest and enjoy the silence, and for the foodies, have a delicious meal made with local products. Then you can continue on to Cambil, a beautiful location, and then drive to Solera with its impossible-hanging houses on gullies. Pedalajar with its Cultural Heritage- terraced gardens and Bedmar, with its magnificent Al-Mazar Fortress are further attractions. Naturally, it is impossible to name all the beautiful towns you can visit, and one of the best choices is to drive where your fancy takes you.

sierra magina gastroroute3. Trekking: “La Caldera del Tio Lobo” is an amazing trek which everyone can attempt, as it takes just four and a half hours to complete the round trip. You can get by car to the Albanchez Peak and start the route there. The route goes along a magnificent deep precipice, with beautiful cliffs and small waterfalls taking you to the end of the route, where you reach the “Tio Lobo Waterfall” and a wonderful landscape with nature pools that you will remember forever.

almazara4. Visit an almazara: it is impossible not to mention the Denomination of Origin “Sierra Magina” olive oil. The whole National Park and the surrounding region is encircled by olive groves that are used to make one of the best extra virgin olive oils in Spain. In Jimena you can visit a public almazara ( the place where the olive oil is made), Oro de Canava. You can see how the olive oil is made and purchase some of this magnificent liquid gold in the shop attached to the almazara.

rincon_la_charca5. Where to eat: in Pedalajar you can stop a little bit longer and try the meals that the restaurant “El Rincón de la Charca” offers. This restaurant has a fine selection of cured meats, game and garden produce. It is located in a very beautiful landscape and decorated in a modern, rustic style. In fact, all the small towns have restaurants and “tabernas” where you can enjoy incredible meals at very affordable prices.

Now you have all the tools to make your foodie holidays unforgettable. Come on, don’t procrastinate!  Start your amazing trip through Sierra Magina now.

Treasures - Oro de canava

TREASURES FROM JAEN: ORO DE CANAVA, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Established in 1976 in Jaen in the Sierra Mágina region, Oro de Canava is considered one of the best extra virgin olive oils in the region. This oil is produced in a region designated as a National Park due to its outstanding natural beauty and large variety of foliage giving it its superior quality.

The love and care for this produce begins in the grounds of the partners of this cooperative, where they only select the olives from the tree, not the ones on the ground. Only the best Picual olives are selected at the optimum point of maturation, and harvested early to increase the fruity overtones of this fabulous olive oil. In addition, the microclimate of the Sierra (Spanish for mountain range) contributes to this liquid gold being recognized for its unique and superior organoleptic characteristics.

The characteristics of the resulting oil, winner Treasures - Oro de canavaof four prestigious awards, are “its intense fruity fragrance of green olive; its complex aromas of fresh and dried fruit – spearmint, tomato and banana peel with nuances of almond and apple; its crisp flavour, fragrant, harmonizing a light bitterness with a progressive piquancy; and its very structured and imposing quality”.

The Ministry of Agriculture of Spain granted it an award for Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2012. This oil has also won the Alcuza Award, in two consecutive years (2012-2013), and the Provincial Council of Jaen Award, 2012 and 2013. Jaen is an area of Andalucia, the largest olive oil producer in the world so they must know a bit about quality of olive oil ;-).

This extra virgin olive oil gains its name from the use made of the water flowing from the nearby Cánava Spring to wash the olives after twigs and leaves have been removed. Oro de Cánava means Gold from Cánava.

Don’t miss the chance and visit this site following one of our Gastro Routes. You can also order a sample writing to sales@spainisdelicious.com.

Venison bolognese baby bell peppers

Venison Bolognese stuffed baby sweet bell peppers

Naturally colourful, meaty and bite-sized – the way tapas and pintxos should be eaten. ;-)

Bolognese is a world known recipVenison bolognese baby bell pepperse nowadays and is mostly served with pasta but a venison Bolognese is not that common and more a rare and original twist. When I got the samples from Artemonte I started wondering how I could use this tasty Bolognese in a way that brings out the freshness of Southern Spanish gastronomy. Peppers were the solution. I love peppers!! Roasted, fried, sautéed, … any way.

So let’s start… First of all, buy the freshest baby bell peppers you can find. I bought a selection in different colours which will add a nice touch to the serving presentation. This is the shopping list for about 20 bites:venison_bolognese_baby_bell_peppers-5

Preparation:

Wash the pepper gently under cold water. Cut a small sliver out of each pepper, just wide enough to get your finger in and remove the seeds. Leave the stem on.

Once we have all the peppers stuffed it’s time to place them in the oven on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes and put them on the sauce we left apart before. After decorating with small drops of Ali Oli (link to next week recipe), serve and enjoy!!!Venison bolognese baby bell peppers

While the peppers cool down, get your friend to open a bottle of wine and your other friend to post pictures of you all enjoying your Venison Bolognese stuffed baby sweet peppers and tag us for the chance to win a real culinary journey!

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO GASTROTRAVELLING!!!!

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO GASTROTRAVELLING!!!!

After some months of hard work we are ready to start our Gastrotravelling Box Series. Every month we will release a special box or hamper containing selected products from a different region of Spain. Every month we will launch a Gastrotravelling Box with products that match our quality and ethical values:

  • They represent the highest quality produce the region has to offer
  • Sustainable production methods
  • Honesty in production

Not all Extra Virgin Olive Oils are made equal and not every red sausage is a chorizo.

There is a distinct difference between the chorizo crafted lovingly by an artisan, who see’s their produce as a part of their personal identity, and one which is made industrially that stinks of ammonia when you open the wrap. Similarly if a label says Extra Virgin Olive Oil it should be 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and not diluted by up to 50% with others of less quality – much like the ones you can find in your supermarket.

This box will be available online in our partner store Spaininabox.co.uk and at the same time we will provide you with some hints to distinguish the taste and quality of the products, explanations about the origins of the different recipes and of course, some history lessons, travel guides and a weekly recipe to learn easy ways to astound your hosts and friends with the ingredients included into the monthly Gastrotravelling Box.

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Go Gastrotravelling!!!……Travel through different regions of Spain via tasting, reading and feelings.

Food is the best daydreams machine

We will kickstart this Gastrotravelling Series with the famous region of Jaen. This region is the largest producer of olive oil world-wide. In fact, Jaen produces more olive oil than the second largest producer COUNTRY in the world!

Thomas Jefferson called the olive tree the richest gift of heaven and we will bring for you one of its best juices, Oro de Cánava Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is undoubtedly one of the best Olive Oils from the region; a golden, thick as honey oil that is guaranteed to add the magic touch to all your dressings.

We will give you some hints to distinguish a good olive oil from the dark shadows of this industry.

The Jaen Gastrotravelling box also contains a selection of cured hunting meats, delicious bites of wild boar, venison, game or mallard which act as a perfect companion for the olive oil. Again, we are brimming with original ideas and recipes so you can get the most out of these products – Imagine tucking into some tasty venison bolognese stuffed sweet peppers… Mmmm Yummy!!!!

We will talk about where our products are produced and provide you with travel guides to visit the area and even the factories, so you can witness artisan production in action! By commenting and sharing our content you could be the winner of a monthly contest to get off the beaten the track and visit some of our producersaccommodation included!

Don’t miss your chance and remember, on your marks, get set, Go Gastrotravelling!!!