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Authentic dishes from authentic Spain

Pouring Cider in SpainDid you see Rick Stein’s new food programme last night on TV? If not, you missed a real treat. He has just begun a journey round Spain seeking out authentic food in out-of-the-way bars and cafés completely off the tourist track – much like our holidays really. (Last year, we reported Rick's love of Spanish food, and so we're looking forward to seeing where he gets to in this series.)   

He’s travelling in an old VW camper van – but staying in nice hotels along the way - and began last night in Northern Spain – exploring Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country.

In the first (of four programmes on BBC 2) he visited small, ordinary restaurants, learning to cook clams with fried parsley in Galicia, fish with cider in Asturias and a pig’s head stew in the Basque Country. He mingled with local people in community-run bars, joined the impromptu choir of a gastronomic society as they cooked, sang and ate their way through the afternoon, and enjoyed refreshingly dry cider that was poured from a great height to ‘break’ it against the glass (pictured above).

Don’t miss the next installment of “Rick Stein’s Spain” to put you in the perfect mood for a holiday that explores the wild mountains of the Picos de Europa, or Follow in the Footsteps of Pilgrims, as Rick did, to discover tasty dishes on offer to pilgrims and visitors alike in Santiago de Compostela. 

Watch it now on BBC i-player >

Posted: 15/07/2011 09:18:14 by Peter Williamson, Inntravel | with 0 comments
Filed under: gastronomy, media, opinions, Spain


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