Garlic has never been so present in my life since I moved to Andalusia. I'm still not convinced by the garlic soup Monchéri prepares on very cold days as a powerful warming potion but I do eat whole cloves of garlic and I love it ! The thing is, already prepared and marinated garlic cloves do not have this typical pungent taste. On the contrary, their taste is quite mild and very pleasant. I made my little weekly tour at the gourmet shop of El Corte Ingles in Granada yesterday morning. It's a small addition to El Corte Ingles food shop, and the prices are ridiculously high but I love looking at the conservas (preserves in glass jars or tins).
cloves of garlic in herbs, vinegar or chile....
I bought one of these red pepper preserves months ago and never opened it because I'm very found of the packaging
I got this tin to send to my sister in France as a Christmas aperitivo
I was determined to take pics of all the kinds of preserves when I heard a voice behind me saying lo siento pero no se puede tomar fotos (sorry, taking pictures is not allowed). I never understand what harm is done when taking pictures in a a store, do you ? Industrial spying, I guess...
still, I had to show you the star of a typical Andalusian Christmas dinner, el jamon iberico (iberian ham) which people in my village eat only during this time of year as it's quite expensive.and of course, el turron
I'm not too keen on turron but I like this rolled version designed by catalan pastry-maker Bubo which Maria sells in her lovely shop Bonnoir, entirely dedicated to chocolate on plaza BibramblaI find these macaron-sweets quite cute !