Spain Day 19 - Local Comida
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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I'm super excited about today because our across-the-street neighbor, Mariangeles has agreed to cook us a special lunch feast. We'd buy the ingredients, she'd cook it up for us. It was actually really cute, because every time I would ask her about cooking, or when I confirmed the date and time ... she would go on and on about how it was a really strong dish, and she wasn't sure if we'd like it, and maybe we shouldn't because normally is only served during the winter. She was so nervous we wouldn't like the cooking!
After a morning of enjoying the village and visiting the library, ... Mariangeles brings us the food.
The dish, known as Cocido Montanes, is a stew of sorts with beans, spices, potatoes, carrots ... but what makes it special is the slow cooking of meat in the stew. Basically, it gets the bulk of its flavor when three different types of pork are cooked over the course of three or four hours in the stew. Then, the meat is scooped out and served on a separate plate (along with an egg with herb tortilla sort of thing that is also cooked in the stew). Its a really tasty stew all by itself, but what I loved most about it is that after enjoying the basic stew a bit, you snag a bit of meat off the plate and add it to your next bite and it totally alters the taste in to something new! The three types of meats were Chorizzo (all of the Chorizzo we've tried in Spain is totally different than Mexico's Chorizzo. Also, we've yet to try the spicy version ... always just a very tasty, acidic sort of sausage), pork ribs that were cooked so perfectly the bones dropped out as soon as we touched the meat, and finally a big black sausage looking thing that honestly did not look to appetizing. After my two experiences with cow stomach, I wanted to be sure what I was eating before digging in, so I went across the street and asked Mariangeles about the mystery sausage. Turns out its pork meat, with rice, and special spices that turn it all black. A very strange looking thing ... but very very good tasting and totally different than everything else we've eaten so far. All six of us devoured the Cocido Montanes ... even the kids liked it!
After our wonderful lunch, Bob and I took the car and headed out to explore some nearby coastal towns. Rachel said repeatedly she could live in a place like Pie de Concha. Bob liked it well enough, but the small village feel left him a bit bored after an hour or two. : ) ... So today, I took him to Comillas and the famous Santillana Del Mar to see some sights.
Janice and Rachel stayed at home with the kids to relax and to let Rachel finish up some laundry.
We got home, ate dinner, and headed to bed early. Tomorrow I have to get up early in order to drive the train station by 8am to see the Burts off. Gotta sleep now!