Back to Back Issues Page Newsletter, Issue #004 -- Rice dishes for the winter
November 29, 2004

Welcome back to Spain-Recipes Newsletter. We're preparing for winter, so in this issue you'll find an article on winter rice recipes, along with some ideas on what to do in winter and Christmas holidays...

Check it out and have a nice spanish experience!


Rice dishes for the winter

What a shame. When people talk about rice all they think of is paella, as if there were not other ways to prepare it. That summer paella is a tourist dish, a recipe that seems to have invaded some cookbooks with plans to stay forever.

Besides summer rice dishes and others for any time of year, which must not forget winter rich dishes, accompanied by seasonal foods.

At times, when it is hard to cook and dry rice is convenient, you can make rice with boneless cod. This is a delicious dish prepared like paella. It is accompanied by broth made from cod or whiting.

If you prefer vegetables, you can serve rice with cauliflower, spinach or Swiss chard. In this case it is best to mix rice with the broth used to cook the vegetables. And if you have broth from stewed meat, even better.

Rice with game meat, and other dishes

There are dishes prepared with game meat. One example is venison stewed with red wine, which can be transformed into venison with rice.

Another option is rice with free-range chicken and artichokes, or rice with stewed lamb.

Another way to enjoy rice is stew it: with blood sausage, chorizo sausage, pork, beef, chicken, bacon, cabbage and any other ingredient you feel like throwing into the pot. It's like a magic potion with hundreds of possibilities, each tastier than the last.

The best thing about rice is that it goes with anything, creating unique blends like the Cuban dish called ropa vieja, or old clothes, tortillas, pastries. Rice is unsurpassed with a bit of paprika, garlic and rosemary. It is easy to make. Fry the garlic and rosemary in a clay pot, then add the rice. Then, the stewed meat and potatoes cut in thin slices. Then cover it all with slices of ripe tomato and a sprig of rosemary. The finishing touch will come in the oven, from which it will come out steaming. You can serve with ali-oli, which is garlic mayonnaise. Bon appetit on these chilly days and nights.


New recipes

We've added some new recipes to our collection, but you can still find the best gazpacho, tapas, paella and sangria recipes at!

  • Garlic-marinated Black olives: Attesting to the simplicity of tapas, a handful of marinated olives is often ample accompaniment to a glass of chilled sherry in most Spanish tapas bars. Marinated to piquant perfection, these olives are far from ordinary. To fully develop the flavor of garlic in the recipe, it is best to allow the olives to marinate for at least several days before serving.
  • Chicken and Shrimp paella: An efficient and delicious way to feed a hungry family, this paella relies on condensed soup for its creamy flavour. The chicken and shrimp contrast nicely with the sweet bell peppers, and the delicately balanced herbs ensure that this paella will become an easy family favorite.


New books

We've selected some books on Spain and its culture, but you can find many more in our travel guide and cookbook sections!

101 Spanish Riddles : Understanding Spanish Language and Culture Through Humor

Riddles are an essential component of Hispanic humor and folklore. 101 Spanish Riddles presents a fun and entertaining way to expand your knowledge of both Spanish language and culture. Some riddles rhyme, some play on words, some require lateral thinking, and some provide the answer in the question. Organized into ten thematic sections, each riddle is accompanied by a humorous illustration, an English translation, and the answer. In many cases, a dialogue or narrative presents the key vocabulary in a contemporary everyday context, for which translations are included at the back of the book
Culture Shock Spain Edition (Culture Shock)
You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office. Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture.


Useful links

Travel links

I've collected a couple of interesting links in case you're planning to take a winter holiday to the Caribbean:

  • Specializing in Carnival Cruises, check it out to find out whatever you need to know on Caribbean Cruises!
  • Mexico is just some hours away, so why don't you just try and find a nice cruise for this winter?

Recipe links

  • Grillin' 'an' Chillin' is a nice source for recipes, check Chef Wayne's blog on recipes!
  • Connie Q’s Cooking: Home cooking offers many rewards and you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to produce tasty, nutritious meals. Take the time to relax & browse through some recipes. Share a recipe or two. Find out how therapeutic cooking can be. Feel the sense of accomplishment, wow your family and friends and best of all…enjoy yourself.


Ok, that was it! We'll be sending you further news in a couple of weeks!

Best regards,

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