Monday, December 19, 2011

A week end of Italian cuisine and music

My dear readers, all my apologies for this lack of posting lately
what can I say....I'm just letting myself go with the flow !

Mes chers lecteurs, toutes mes excuses pour mon absence sur le blog ces derniers jours,
que dire....Je me laisse emporter par le flux des évènements !

Alejandra & Maria

the band Bluesiana Express

Gym and her lovely assistant Ofrah

the artisans market in Niguëlas

Gym and the last plate of clams
Paco playing the guitar

the musicians arriving at the church

What better combination than music and Italian cuisine ? My friend Gym organized a fabulous blues night last saturday in her barn, the Sandpit Club. Downstairs, the bar was heaving and the band Bluesiana Express was on the top of its form, giving a great performance. Upstairs, Alejandra and Maria were very busy serving the delicious Italian food they had prepared. We had the antipasti, the spaghetti alle vongole, the tiramisu.....mamma mia....The only thing I could tell them all night was : chicas, sois las diosas de la cucina italiana ! (girls, you're the goddesses of Italian cuisine !) Alejandra is Italian and had her own restaurant in Italy. She followed her husband Paco to Spain and now lives in the Lecrin Valley for our great delight. She teamed up recently with Maria who is from Valencia to set up a food project together.

The day after, Alejandra and Maria took part to the artisans market in Niguëlas, on the plaza. They brought their portable cooker and made food again. Although, I had a very late breakfast and wasn't much hungry I couldn't resist their ensalata panzanella....Honestly, these girls know how to make your heart sing and bring sunshine into your plate ! Gym came along very late, that day too at the market and had the last plate of clams. We sat on the steps of a house nearby the church on the plaza, eating and chatting. At 5pm, when the last rays of sun disappeared, musicians arrived to play a traditional Christmas concert in the church.
Yes, I say it again, life is good in Andalusia.....

Musique et cuisine italienne....qu'y a-t-il de mieux ? Mon amie Gym a organisé une soirée blues fantastique samedi dernier, dans sa grange-loft The Sandpit Club. En bas, le bar était bourré de monde et le groupe Bluesiana Express était au meilleur de sa forme. En haut, Alejandra et Maria servaient des plats italiens absolument délicieux. On a goûté aux antipasti, aux spaghetti alle vongole, au tiramisu....mamma mia...Je n'ai pas arrêté de leur dire toute la soirée : chicas, sois las diosas de la cucina italiana ! (franchement les filles, vous êtes les déesses de la cuisine italienne !) Alejandra est italienne et avait son propre restaurant en Italie. Elle a suivi son mari Paco en Espagne et vit maintenant dans la vallée de Lecrin pour notre plus grand plaisir. Elle s'est associée récemment avec Maria qui est de Valencia pour monter un projet culinaire ensemble.
Le lendemain, Alejandra et Maria participaient à un marché artisanal sur la place de Niguëlas. Elles ont apporté leur réchaud et ont servi des assiettes d'aubergine au parmesan, de polenta. Même si j'avais pris mon petit déjeuner très tard et n'avais pas très faim....qu' tentation était trop forte de goûter à leur ensalata panazanella...Honnêtement ces filles savent mettre du soleil dans l'assiette ! Gym est venue aussi très tard au marché et a raflé la dernière assiette de palourdes. On s'est assises sur les marches d'une maison près de l'église et on mangé et papoté. Vers cinq heures de l'après-midi, les derniers rayons de soleil ont disparu lentement puis des musiciens sont arrivés pour donner un concert de Noël traditionnel dans l'église.
Oui, je le redis encore, la vie a du bon en Andalousie....

Have a great start of the week
and a big thank you for commenting and following....

ps : To the lovely people who emailed me
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Colores said...

wow looks so appetizing!! I want to try those stuffed lemons!! so lovely pics!! Have a great week sweetie!

Joyful said...

Everything looks marvellous. I can almost taste the food.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :-)

David Engel said...

OMG! And now we have italian food in Andalusia?!?!?!!?! And just when you thought it couldn't get any better! Love to you Lala! Happy Holidays! Thank You for all your creative work!

Much Love,


Francesca Muir said...

Oh LaLa - thank you for such a wonderful story and photos - I am there! Enjoy the festive season. Francesca xx

Blondie said...

Everything looks so beautiful and romantic in your country! I love your pics, thanks for sharing them!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

aguja said...

Oh how I wish that my husband and i could have been there. It looks as if it was amazing. Thank you for sharing! And ... it is the quality not the quantity of the posting.

Zonia Cruz said...

The food in those photos looks amazing, I am literally getting hungry right now.

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