Suquet – coming from the Catalan ‘suc,’ which means ‘juice’ of which there should be plenty in this soup-like fish stew A type of seafood stew or casserole, a suquet relies on raw ingredients which…

As the evening temperatures continue to decrease and the nights grow longer, it’s definitely time for comforting stews which promote a sense of well-being and contentment, especially since this recipe has the colours of the Catalan flag too!

I have been impressed by the difference in the styles and tastes of the vinegars available from the Vallespir vineyards. The latest addition to my collection of single estate vinegars is from Treloar Vineyards, which nestles into the base of Mount Canigou. It is wonderfully sweet yet savoury.

A great accompaniment for cheese, charcuterie, pate and also good in your sauces and gravies, particularly duck and greasy meats, to cut down the fat.

This French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ‘galette des rois’ (or the ‘gateau des rois’ in the South of France) on, or around the 6th January, (the first Sunday of each New Year) actually dates back to the 14th century.

It’s hard to resist a recipe with such a saucy sounding name! If it conjured up visions of gypsy dancers with flashing eyes you wouldn’t be far wrong, because zarzuela (sar-soo-EH-lah) means operetta or variety show in Catalan.

Under the current confinement restrictions, dining sur place is no longer an option but you can still enjoy tasty, chef-prepared cuisine, and support our local restauranteurs, by ordering dishes à emporter. It’s a win-win situation! P-O Life reader, Peter Spencer from le Boulou, has very kindly compiled a list of restaurants offering take-away and/or delivery services.

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