Living and traveling abroad has given me the opportunity to live and share meals with people from all over the world! I am currently living with a great guy from Barcelona. He loves to remind me that he is not Spanish but actually Catalan! There is a high level of pride among people from the Catalan region in Spain. In fact, this region has been trying to secede from Spain for many generations.
Lucky for me, Gerard is a great cook and is always very generous about sharing his experiments in the kitchen or food that his parents bring him from Spain. His Catalan cuisine is very heavy in vegetables and different types of cured meats. He especially likes to use a lot of garlic and that is probably one factor that makes his food very tasty!
A few weeks ago, we had some international friends over for a pot-luck meal and Gerard made a very typical appetizer called Pa amb tomàquet (Bread with tomato). It is a very simple recipe as it only calls for tomato, garlic, olive oil and bread but it is really flavorful and delicious. That is typically eaten with Jambon Serrano. Jambon Serrano is the Spanish version of Italian Procuitto.
This is a picture of Gerard on a snow shoeing expedition we went on in February. I will be sharing more about Gerard’s experiments in the kitchen!