Catalan food, like Spanish food on the whole isexcellentCatalan food is very healthy and is part of thefamed Mediterranean diet that is rich in beans,pulses, fish, meats, vegetables and olive oil.
One of our typical dishes to eat althoughincredibly simple is “pà de pages torrat ambtomàquet, oli d’oliva i all” (traditional bread thatis toasted, rubbed with olive oil, garlic and freshcrushed tomatoes).We normally eat itwith ham or cheese !
How to make “Pa Amb Tomàquet”• Grill or toast bread slices and serve at the table hot. It might be best to put them in a bread basket and cover them with a linen towel to keep the bread warm.• Rub toasted bread with the garlic halves• Next, rub the tomato halves into the toast.• Drizzle the slices with decent olive oil to taste, then sprinkle with some sea salt.
“Butifarra amb mongetes”• Typical sausages, beans, garlic and parsley. It’s delicious !!
“Esqueixada de bacallà”• An exquisite salad elaborated with cod, tomatoes, onions, olives, hard boiled eggs and peppers.
Sauces• We also have typical sauces, like “Allioli” which consist on eggs, garlic and oil.• And “Romesco” with tomatoes,onions, peppers, chilli, almondsand hazelnuts.
Desserts• The most popular and traditional Catalan dessert is “Crema Catalana”. The main ingredients are cinnamon, eggs, vanilla and sugar.
Drinks• The most famous Catalan drink is “cava”. It’s similar to French Champagne
Famous Catalan Cooks• Here you can find some famous Catalan Chefs:• Carme Ruscalleda i Serra is a renowned Catalan Chef of the restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar, near Barcelona. She also owns and manages the restaurant Sant Pau de Tokyo in Japan. In 1991 it obtained its first Michelin guide star and in 2006 obtained its third Michelin star.
FERRAN ADRIÀFerran Adrià i Acosta is a Catalan chefborn on May 14th, 1962 in LHospitalet deLlobregat.He was the head chef of "El Bulli"restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava.He is considered one of the best chefs inthe world.In 2004, he was in the list of the ten bestchefs in Time magazine.
SANTI SANTAMARÍASantiago Santamaria i Puig was born in1957 and died last year in Singapore of aheart attack.He was known as Santi Santamaria, hewas a famous Catalan Chef.He was the first Catalan chef and owner tohave his restaurant receive three starsfrom the Michelin Guide in 1994.The name of his restauran is Can Fabes.